Cultural Values

QLDC commissioned Aukaha to prepare a cultural values statement on behalf of Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki, Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou and Hokonui Rūnanga & Te Rūnanga o Awarua, Hokonui Rūnanga, Ōraka/Aparima Rūnanga and Waihōpai Rūnanga. This document is a tremendous resource for information about ara tāwhito (traditional travel routes), wāhi mahika kai (areas traditionally significant for food gathering), pakiwaitara (legends) of tipua (strange beings) and taniwha, tikaka (customs and protocols) and many past happenings.

To ensure that tangata whenua values are recognised and provided for in management of freshwater in the catchment, the Community Catchment Plan includes the following objectives:

  • Satisfactory and sustainable harvest of mahika kai species
  • Improvement and maintenance of ease of access to all waterways
  • Connection to places of spiritual meaning
  • Maintenance of excellence in all aspects of water management

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WAI Wānaka at the A&P Show

Latest news: March 19th, 2021

For the first time, WAI Wānaka and nine other community organisations worked together with the Wānaka A&P Show last weekend to run a space called OUR PLACE. We used interactive and fun activities for the whole family to show how the land, water, flora, fauna, our climate, and us humans, are all connected. We all