|Rangatahi (youth) prepare their waka at the annual regatta celebrations at Ngāruawāhia|
Arrangements between the Crown and iwi ushered in a new era of Crown-iwi co-management of the Waikato River catchment. Co-management provides iwi with mechanisms to manage the river in partnership with central and local government.
Legislation was passed in 2010 covering Waikato-Tainui and its involvement in co-managing the Waikato River from the Karāpiro Dam to Te Puaha o Waikato (Port Waikato).
Later that year legislation was passed covering Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Raukawa and Te Arawa river iwi (specifically the hapū Ngāti Tahu - Ngāti Whaoa, Ngāti Kearoa - Ngāti Tuarā and Tuhourangi - Ngāti Wahiao). The co-management arrangements under this bit of legislation covers the Waikato River from Te Toka a Tia near Taupō through to Karāpiro.
A third piece of co-management legislation covering Ngāti Maniapoto - the Ngā Wai o Maniapoto (Waipa River) Act 2012 - came into effect in April 2012. It was the catalyst for Ngāti Maniapoto to enter into co-management arrangements with local government authorities for the Waipa River.
The co-management arrangements include joint management agreements between iwi and the regional council on the way we will work together.
The first of these agreements was signed with Raukawa on 10 May 2012 at Pikitu Marae, south-west of Putaruru, while an agreement with Te Arawa river iwi was signed on 28 August 2012. An agreement for river related lands with Waikato-Tainui was signed on 10 December 2012, and the agreement with Ngāti Maniapoto was signed on Wednesday 3 April at Te Kuiti Pā. An agreement was signed with Waikato-Tainui on 18 June 2013 in Hamilton.
The most recent agreement was signed with Tuwharetoa on 26 August 2016. The signing ceremony was held at Oruanui Marae in Wairaki.
These documents can all be found on the Office of Treaty Settlements website (http://www.ots.govt.nz/(external link)):
An iwi management plan is a document developed by iwi to address matters of resource management activity of significance within their respective rohe (region). The plans can contain information relating to specific cultural values, historical accounts, descriptions of areas of interest (hapū/iwi boundaries) and consultation and engagement protocols for resource consents and plan changes.
|Members of the Waikato-Tainui Executive Board and Waikato Regional Council representatives at the signing of the Joint Management Agreement in June 2013.||Raukawa Charitable Trust Chairman the late George Rangitutia, regional councillors and Raukawa board members at the Joint Management Agreement signing in May 2012|
|Te Arawa River Iwi Trust trustees and regional councillors signing the Joint Management Agreement between Te Arawa River Iwi Trust and Waikato Regional Council in August 2012.||Members of the Waikato-Tainui Executive Board and regional councillors at the signing of the Co-management Agreement for Waikato River Related Lands in December 2012.|
|Maniapoto Maori Trust Board Chair Tiwha Bell (3rd in from the left) alongside fellow signatories to the Joint Management Agreement from the five councils in April 2013 at Te Kuiti Pa.||Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board staff, local kaumatua, regional councillors and Waikato Regional Council staff at the Joint Management Agreement signing ceremony.|
|8 September 2016||Major milestone reached on Waikato River management|
|18 June 2013||Major new Waikato River agreement signed|
|3 April 2013||Historic Waipa River agreement signed at Te Kuiti Pa|
|22 August 2012||Iwi and councils to sign Upper Waikato River agreements|
|10 May 2012||Historic Waikato River agreement signed at Pikitu Marae|
|26 April 2012||Waikato River agreement between Raukawa and regional council|
|November 2011||Waikato River Authority keen to work with groups to access funding|
|17 October 2011||Historic stage for all guardians of the Waikato River|
|15 July 2011||Collaboration the key to handling big land and water issues|
|10 June 2011||New road map for land and water|
|22 September 2010||Waikato Regional Council welcomes constructive Land and Water Forum report|
|15 April 2010||Waikato-Tainui and Waikato Regional Council share vision of a clean and healthy river|
|18 February 2010||Council optimistic about river partnership with Waikato-Tainui|
|19 November 2009||River settlement could lead to tighter Waikato Regional Council regulatory processes|
|A swimmer and a waka full of paddlers enjoy the Waikato River|