Tērā te aitua i taka ki Te Wai ā-moe i ngā rangi kua taha ake nei. Kua riro atu ki nga tipua me ngā tupua o maunga Ruapehu ki te iwi nui ki tua atu o Te Pā-tatau-o-te-rangi. E moe, e oki.
Following the tragic discovery of a 39-year-old on Saturday 30 September 2017 at Te Wai ā- moe (crater lake) on Mount Ruapehu, iwi have been working with the Department of Conservation and Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) to support the whānau and authorities to ensure the safety of all involved and uphold the sanctity of the maunga.
As a result, a rāhui (prohibition) was placed around Te Wai ā-moe on Sunday until midnight on Wednesday 4th October. Due to weather, it is not expected that anyone will be near Te Wai ā-moe and the Department and RAL are working with local iwi to ensure the rāhui is upheld and people are asked to respect this.
Rāhui is a form of traditional management system to ensure that when there is a fatal accident, measures are put in place to ensure that the natural cycle and any downstream affects are equalised before people can frequent and use the area again.
E mihi ana, e tangi ana, tēnā tātau katoa.
Ngāti Rangi – Uenuku