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Tangata Whenua

We recognise Te Taumutu Rūnanga as the representative of the local whānau and hapū (families and extended family groups) who are the tangata whenua with ancestral and cultural relationships within the Selwyn District.

We also recognise the interests of Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga whose takiwā (district) extends through Selwyn District to the Ashburton River in the South.

In addition, we recognise the interests of Te Taumutu Rūnanga and the other Papatipu Rūnanga of central to north Canterbury who share interests in Te Waihora / Lake Ellesmere.

We also recognise Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu as the iwi authority whose rohe (boundary) covers the Selwyn District, and the Te Waihora Management Board the statutory body who oversee the management of the bed and margins of Te Waihora / Lake Ellesmere.

To recognise and provide for the values and interests of tangata whenua in the district, the Selwyn District Plan has a number of objectives, policies and methods that recognise and provide for tangata whenua values.

In addition, in fulfilling the statutory requirements to tangata whenua, we must take into account relevant iwi planning documents when preparing or changing the district plan.

The documents that are current in the Selwyn District are:

Te Mahere Whakahaere o Muriwai o Whata – Muriwai / Coopers Lagoon Management Plan

This management plan [PDF, 2148 KB] has been prepared by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Te Taumutu Rūnanga to guide and support the management of the bed of Muriwai, as well as the wider catchment, in line with Ngāi Tahu values.

The plan aims to sustain the vitality of Ngāi Tahu culture by restoring resource-centred relationships, and recognising the relationships of Ngāi Tahu and their culture and traditions with the ancestral land and taonga of Muriwai, primarily through enabling the enhancement and gathering of healthy mahinga kai.

The plan contains long-term objectives, policies and methods for effective integrated management of Muriwai.  It provides for the management of the Ngāi Tahu lakebed as a primary objective, as well as advocacy for the management of the wider catchment in conjunction with other landowners and agencies.

Mahaanui Iwi Management Plan 2013

This is the current iwi management plan for the district, lodged with Council at a ceremony on the 1st of March 2013.  It contains a comprehensive suite of policies and objectives addressing the range of resource management matters of significance to tangata whenua.

The policies and objectives replace the earlier plan of Te Taumutu Rūnanga, the Taumutu Natural Resources Management Plan [PDF, 2313 KB] (which provides a useful reference document for understanding the local Rūnanga values).

Te Waihora Joint Management Plan 2005

This is a statutory joint management plan between Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and the Minister of Conservation, arising from the Ngāi Tahu Claims Settlement Act (1998).  It was prepared to address the integrated management of the lake bed and lake margins, and the natural and historic resources within these areas.

Ngāi Tahu Freshwater Policy 1999

This freshwater policy statement sets out the outcomes sought by Ngāi Tahu for the management of freshwater resources within the Ngāi Tahu rohe, and the means by which Ngāi Tahu wishes to work with resource management agencies to achieve these outcomes.