Taiao Raukawa was born from long-standing concerns raised regarding a range of environmental issues facing the region. In recent years there has been an increasing rate of degradation and deterioration of our natural eco-systems, including our rivers, estuaries, sea, native plant life, dune lake systems, wetlands and native species within the Ngāti Raukawa rohe. Therefore, Taiao Raukawa has been officially mandated by the Hapū and Iwi through Te Rūnanga o Raukawa to set up an Environmental Resource Unit (ERU) that will assist in alleviating some of these challenges.
Since the introduction of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), many Iwi and Hapū have struggled to respond effectively to resource consent applications, submissions and various activities associated with the RMA process.
While various Hapū currently attempt to deal with local issues on an individual basis, many are frustrated by the lack of supporting systems and capabilities as well as a co-ordinated approach across Hapū.
Taiao Raukawa has emerged as a key project that supports many of the objectives of the “Tū Rangatira” project. Initially, the project was tabled as a Unit that would support all Hapū ability to respond effectively to RMA applications and submissions. However, an analysis of all the projects tabled within the “Tū Rangatira” project showed that many other projects were also related to environmental objectives and outcomes, including:
To ensure that long-lasting outcomes are achieved, the opportunity was explored to develop an ERU that could meet the developmental needs of Hapū-based environmentally related projects, on an ongoing basis.