Collaboration Between Iwi and Council Creates a Bright Future
The signing of a Memorandum of Partnership between the Tararua District Council and Ngāti Kahungunu ki Tāmaki nui-a-Rua in September was significant and historic, Tararua District Mayor Tracey Collis says.
“It was very emotional for Ngāti Kahungunu and something Chairman Hayden Hape had involved both his board and elders,” she said. “This is a lasting and living document. It is very significant for Ngāti Kahungunu to be recognised and involved.”
Rangitāne o Tamaki nui-a-Rua had signed their Memorandum of Partnership in 2000 and Collis acknowledged the agreement with Ngāti Kahungunu “had been a long time coming.”
“Today, we join in partnership and move forward united, working together for our people, our environment, our culture and our economy for the wellbeing of the Tararua District,” she said at the document signing in front of her out-going council on September 25.
Collis said the signing was a celebration and the start of a new journey for all. “We enter in good faith of our commitments and look forward to a strong relationship, a strong Tararua District,” she said.
The Memorandum of Partnership has been established to develop consultation between Ngāti Kahungunu and Council on issues which impact on their social, economic and cultural wellbeing and development. It will also encourage a candid and open sharing of information between Council and the Ngāti Kahungunu Trust.
The partnership will develop a mutual commitment to the progress of the Tararua District, with particular regard to the environment.
At the signing a special acknowledgement was made to Council’s Governance Manager Richard Taylor by Hape.
“Hayden paid a special tribute to Richard who was there in 2000 when Rangita¯ne signed their Memorandum of Partnership and has been on this journey with Ngāti Kahungunu. He was referred to as tohunga ‘the keeper of things’ by Hayden,” Collis said.