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Tuwharetoa Joint Management Agreement

Kia ora Graham In accordance with your request for a copy of the joint administrative agreement signed with the T-Wharetoa Regional Council and the Waikato Regional Council, all JMA agreements are available on our website (link below)[1]www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/commun… The Tuwharetoa agreement was negotiated in part. The first part was signed in August 2016 and can be accessed from the site. The next part is expected to be signed on February 26, 2018, after which it will be published on the aforementioned website. Naku noa, n`Michael Carey | Kaiwhakarite – Co-management Waikato Regional Council P: 07 859 2720 M: 021 530483 see sections citedReferable links 1. www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/commun… 2. www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/ Waikato Regional Council Chief Executive Vaughan Payne stated that natural resources under the aegis of Taupa Waters would benefit from the new co-management agreement. The agreements focus on how the Council and the iwi authorities will work together to promote the restoration and protection of the Waikato River.

These include cooperation in the development of the district plan, resource approval decisions, and monitoring and enforcement under the Resource Management Act 1991. The Council and the Council said they were pleased that the waters of the Taupa were included in the agreement. A special ceremony today will celebrate the inclusion of Taupa Waters in the joint management agreement between the T`wharetoa Méori Trust Fund and the Waikato Regional Council. Enlargement will result in close cooperation between the parties in the management of Taup waters, which include Lake Taup and incoming and outgoing tributaries. Previously, the joint management agreement focused exclusively on the Waikato High River watershed. The Commission has signed joint management agreements with raukawa Settlement Trust (September 5, 2013) and Te Arawa River Iwi Trust (May 19, 2017). The agreements are a prerequisite for the Ngéti T`wharetoa, Raukawa and Te Arawa River Iwi Waikato River Act 2010. The agreement provides for the creation of a joint committee in which qualified iwi delegates will, in collaboration with municipal councillors, make changes to resource approval and private hearings for Maori companies. It is estimated that more than 50 per cent of the land in Taupa district is owned by members of Ng`ti T`wharetoa.

After a year of planning, a historic agreement was signed between iwi and the local government on January 17, 2009, when the Council granted T`wharetoa decision-making powers over resource authorization decisions – the first time a local New Zealand government transferred powers to an iwi. The agreement defines how the Council and the Guardianship Committee will cooperate in the exercise of specific legislative tasks and functions, including the exercise of powers within the meaning of the Resource Management Act.