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Mana Taiao Tairāwhiti Community Meeting: Land Use Report & Community Response

Updated: Aug 1, 2023



In January 2023, Mana Taiao Tairāwhiti launched a petition calling for a public inquiry into land use in the region. The community demanded action from local and central government as more frequent and stronger weather events hit the region causing damage to infrastructure, homes and schools.


The urgent need for action became impossible to ignore in early February when Cyclone Gabrielle hit the East Coast with flood waters bringing slash and silt down the rivers cutting off the region and causing irreversible damage to the land, people’s homes and livelihoods.


The petition reached 12,000 signatures and resulted in the launch of the Ministerial Inquiry into Land Use. This video films the community meeting where members of the Mana Taiao group reflect on the resulting report and what it means for the region going forward.


Key messages

  • Report has very positive recommendations for the region which brings hope and optimism, What is missing is the details and specificity of how these recommendations will be translated into action.

  • Solutions on the ground must be locally driven - we have the solutions already and years of experience implementing them.

  • There needs to be adequate resourcing brought into the region for there to be meaningful implementation of the recommendations.

  • The report needs to be backed up by urgent regulatory changes to consents and compliance so we stop creating new risks and clean up the risks already present in our environment.

  • Iwi must be at the governance table in a meaningful and resourced way.

  • We’re worried for future generations because we’ve already lost so much land, generations of kai moana and access to safe beaches.

  • Our biodiversity is in crisis. Most of the ecosystems in our region are fundamentally extinct. This must be part of the solution.

This event was hosted by Mana Taiao Tairāwhiti.

Thanks to Rāngai for recording this session.

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