Ngati Rangi keen for cultural use clarification 

      Ngati Rangi is keen to engage with the Department of Conservation to avoid future misunderstandings about the cultural use of dead kereru provided by DOC Kereru meat which had been frozen was mixed with chicken and miro berries and fed to guests attending a hui at Maungarongo marae in 2013.

     Ngati Rangi spokesperson Che Wilson said the iwi approached DOC for clarification of the department’s definition of cultural use, as soon as they became aware that questions were being raised about how the birds had been used. Mr Wilson said conservation has always been a key priority for Ngati Rangi and the iwi is keen to continue its work with DOC on conservation issues.

From the Department...
     The protected wood pigeons were served at a Ngāti Rangi hui of iwi leaders and government ministers at Ōhākune's Maungarongo Marae in 2013. The incident came to light following the controversy surrounding Ngāpuhi leader Sonny Tau being charged with hunting and possessing kererū.

     Ngāti Rangi spokesperson Che Wilson said his iwi initially approached DOC to have a kōrero and get some clarification around the department's definition of cultural use, after questions were raised about how the dead birds were used. According to tikanga (custom), kererū were, mainly in pre-European times, always served to important manuhiri (guests) and especially leaders. Mr Wilson said Ngāti Rangi thought it was doing the right thing by honouring its guests after DOC handed them five dead birds. "We used the features and we also used the carcass and thought it was appropriate to serve it at such an important hui," Mr Wilson said. "We're actually surprised about the fuss because we thought we were doing the right thing because they'd been given to us by DOC."

     But the department's director-general, Mike Slater, said DOC did not have any record of authorising dead kererū for consumption. However, Mr Slater said that the department was continuing to talk with Ngāti Rangi about possible misunderstandings around dead birds provided locally for other cultural purposes.

     Mr Wilson acknowledged that the birds were protected under the Wildlife Act but he said the iwi's understanding was unclear. He said conservation had always been a key priority for Ngāti Rangi and the iwi was keen to continue its work with DOC on conservation issues. The Wildlife Act allows DOC to authorise the taking of protected species for cultural and traditional purposes, such as the use of feathers in cloak weaving. It also authorises the transfer of dozens of birds to local iwi each year. 
In the meantime, DOC said it was not taking legal action against the marae. The Department of Conservation (DOC) will be meeting with a Ruapehu iwi to avoid future misunderstandings about the cultural use of dead kererū.
See the DOC media release HERE

Posted by 30 July 2015 19:56:00

Ngāti Rangi to host a Wastewater hui-ā-iwi 

Posted by 28 July 2015 18:36:00

Community consultation to be sought over RAL fine money 

Ngāti Rangi are one of the members of a Raetihi Project Group bought together in conjunction with Horizons Regional Council to facilitate a community engagement process ahead of any decision to allocate the $100,000 RAL fine money.

A timeline and criteria to guide community input on how the mitigation funding should be spent was established during the first meeting of the group in Ohakune on 18 June.

Comprised of representatives from Horizons Regional Council, Ruapehu District Council, DOC, local Iwi and community groups, the Project Group’s key message was that the will of the community must be at the heart of the decision process.

Horizons Regional councillor for Ruapehu Bruce Rollinson says a set of criteria is currently being finalised to aid the people of Raetihi in submitting their project ideas.

“Once we have the criteria finalised, we’ll be going back to out the community and intend to hold a facilitated public workshop to help people through the process of sharing what they’d like to see,” Cr Rollinson says.

“When all ideas are in, the Group will reconvene to shortlist these according to the criteria and a public vote on the shortlisted option will determine the final outcome.”

It is anticipated that the facilitated public workshop will take place in the third week of July, with shortlisted options presented to the community for voting in August.

Criteria currently being considered by the Group include: that the project is long-term or has lasting effects, that it is able to provide benefits through engagement or participation, that the project is a new project and is unlikely to have been carried out independently of the funding, that the project is something physical or tangible that the community can see and touch, that the project has the ability to leverage additional funds, that the project is significant in terms of scale i.e. one big project will be preferable to many smaller ones.

Further information regarding the criteria and details of the workshop will be released later this month.

Posted by 06 July 2015 13:29:00