STATEMENT BY NGA ROHE MOANA O NGA HAPU O NGATI POROU COORDINATING GROUP
3 February 2021
The confirmation of customary marine title areas by the Crown in Tairawhiti are an historic milestone for Ngati Porou hapu and whanau, said Dean Moana, chairman of the Nga Rohe Moana o Nga Hapu o Ngati Porou Coordinating Group.
Ngati Porou hapu have long asserted their mana moana over their traditional takutai and kapata kai and have been determined to have their customary rights legally established and recognised. Ngati Porou hapu have maintained rangatiratanga over their traditional foreshore and fishing grounds through the use of time-honoured tikanga applicable to each hapu to ensure sustainability and abundance of their takutai for generations to come.
Nga hapu o Ngati Porou have established a Coordinating Group, which assists the 6 Management Arrangement Trusts representing the hapu by providing collective support in the pursuit of customary marine title areas with the Crown and the implementation of other mechanisms available to them.
Acknowledgement must be given to the late Apirana Mahuika and the pakeke who initiated negotiations and who provided the traditional knowledge and korero to support recognition of customary marine title.
This outcome is another example of the invaluable leadership and contribution that “Uncle Api” and others of his generation continue to provide to the current and future generations of Ngati Porou, says Dean.
The Management Arrangement Trusts also want to acknowledge Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou, who has continued to support the efforts of the Coordinating Group to obtain recognition of customary marine title on behalf of the relevant hapu.
The Nga Rohe Moana o Nga Hapu o Ngati Porou Act 2019 sets out the legal rights of holders of customary marine title. This includes a permission right in respect of parties seeking a resource consent for activities in customary marine title areas, customary fishing regulations and bylaws, requiring the GDC to recognise nga hapu o Ngati Porou in environmental planning, and ownership of newly found taonga tuturu and non-nationalised minerals within customary marine title areas.
These areas are the first customary marine titles recognised under the Nga Rohe Moana o Nga Hapu o Ngati Porou Act 2019. Nga hapu o Ngati Porou are committed to seeking further areas of customary marine title via direct engagement with the Crown.
Coordinating Group - Nga Rohe Moana o Nga Hapu o Ngati Porou
Trustee, Whangaokena ki Onepoto Takutai Kaitiaki Trust
An Official Ceremony was held at parliament for the signing of the Nga Hapu o Ngati Porou Foreshore and Seabed Deed of Agreement in 2008