Iwi Environmental Management Plan

Our award-winning Iwi Environmental Management Plan has become a foundation document for the iwi – used routinely in our environmental planning, resource management and treaty settlement activities. The plan has attracted national acclaim – winning both the Best Practice and Supreme Best Practice awards at the 2013 New Zealand Planning Institute’s awards.


Kaitiakitanga means guardianship and protection. It is a way of managing the environment, based on the Māori world view. A kaitiaki is a guardian. This can be a person or group that cares for an area such as a lake or forest.

Te Awa o Te Atua


The ongoing protection and sustainable management of Te Awa o Te Atua is a key environmental responsibility for Ngāti Rangitihi, and the Trust is committed to ensuring that our voice is heard in all major decisions affecting the awa and its surrounds. In March 2010, Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust joined with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa ki BOP Settlement Trust and Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Carter Holt Harvey and Norske Skog. The agreement enables the iwi and mill operators to meet once a month to work constructively on environment matters concerning the Tasman pulp and paper mills and the effects of the mill activities on Te Awa o Te Atua – the Tarawera River. The Trust is represented on a committee established to discuss and promote environmental matters and projects and will be a part of all future initiatives to promote the health of the river. Our representatives are Chris Clarke and Harina Warbrick.

For further information you can contact Chris Clarke on 027 557 4457.

Mai i Nga Kuri a Wharei ki Tihiau


A customary fisheries forum established by Bay of Plenty Maori to assist in implementing Rohe Moana and to receive and respond to Ministry of Fisheries requirements. Ngāti Rangitihi is represented by Chris Clarke.

For further information you can contact Chris Clarke on 027 557 4457.

Te Kotahitanga o Te Arawa


Te Kotahitanga o Te Arawa Waka Fisheries Trust manages fisheries assets on behalf of the 11 Te Arawa Iwi and delivers a range of benefits to Te Arawa descendants including scholarships and training grants. It is the parent body of Te Arawa Fisheries.

Chris Clarke from Ngāti Rangitihi is an elected Trustee, and can be contacted for further information on 027 557 4457.

Recreational Permits


Recreational access permits allow you access to the Kaingaroa and Rotoehu forests during the hunting season.

If you are a registered member of Te Mana aged 15 years or over, you can apply for a permit and get a $50 waiver of the administration fee for access into the Kaingaroa forest. To get the permit you must print and complete the following two forms:

These forms are also available from the Te Mana office, in the Matatā Tennis Club, 30 Arawa Street.

Read the Forest Access Rules here.

Current Environmental Projects

Whitebait Enhancement


The Whitebait Enhancement Project on the lower reaches of the Tarawera River was launched in January/February 2017. The project is funded through the Tarawera MOU – a partnership between Carter Holt Harvey, Norske Skog Tasman, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa (BOP) Settlement Trust, Kawerau and Ngāti Rangitihi.

Erin Tioke will be on site for the duration of the earthworks as a cultural monitor for Ngāti Rangitihi, and all affected iwi have agreed to the Accidental Discovery Protocol (ADP) in the case of any kōiwi or historical artefacts being unearthed when excavation is undertaken.

Monitoring and maintenance of the area once the earthworks have been completed will be undertaken by volunteers, with any resources they need, supplied by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the Department of Conservation.Current Environmental Projects

Register with Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust