Helping mana whenua reconnect links to the land
Our Maungataniwha properties lie within the recognised rohe of Ngāti Pāhauwera of Northern Hawke’s Bay, a sub-tribe of Hawke’s Bay’s Kahungungu iwi. We have a close, if informal, working relationship with the Ngāti Pāhauwera Trust, led by Toro Waaka.
Various field trips have been conducted to Maungataniwha to reconnect Ngāti Pāhauwera back with seven historic pa sites the Trust has located. Some of these were within the iwi’s recorded history but had not been visited in recent times.
We provide reports and briefings of our conservation work to the Ngāti Pāhauwera Trust, as well as our annual reports. We also involve interested rangatahi in kiwi egg-lifts and other field activities.
As the holders of mana whenua over Maungataniwha, Ngāti Pāhauwera plays a vital role in any movement of taonga kiwi from their rohe to any other sites. It led the reintroduction of kiwi sourced from Maungataniwha back into our Pohokura property, which lies between the recognised rohe of Ngāti Pāhauwera, Hineuru, and Ngāti Whare who hold mana whenua over the Whirinaki- Te Pua-O-Tane Conservation Forest.