Ngāti Rangi do not support the poisoning of our environment; Papatūānuku (mother earth), the realm of Tane and Tangaroa and all within. Having a synthetic foreign substance impact on the mouri, and balance of our taiao is not appropriate. However, as caretakers, our responsibility is to ensure that the quality of our environment; our air, water and land, is of a better state, but at the very least, no worse than the conditions that exist currently. In order to fulfill these responsibilities we look for mechanisms that safeguard our waterways, so that our responsibilities can be fulfilled.   

 

As the result of an eight month iwi/community consultation process, a number of additional provisions seeking to address Ngāti Rangi concerns have been added to the original proposal. These are:

Waterways - Wai Exclusion Zones
The characteristics of each of our waterways differs across the rohe and is determined by where they flow off Koro Ruapehu. A 70-metre buffer zone has been included on either side of our tupuna waterways including the Whangaehu, around lakes like Rotokura and other key water sources. Iwi are supplying information on these exclusion zones to ensure they are protected on top of those required by the Ministry of Health in relation to town water supplies. Where Wai Exclusion Zones have been identified, ground control of these areas will be carried out.

Sites of Cultural Significance
Our special places hold traditional cultural and spiritual importance and as tangata whenua we have to be the voice for our special places. Sites of Significance Exclusion Zones have been identified, accepted by TBfree and where possible have a 150-metre buffer zone. Ground control of these areas will be carried out. 

Taonga Species - Birds, Flora, Fauna and Freshwater species including Koura, Tuna and macro invertebrates
While there has already been research undertaken into the effects of 1080 on our birds, flora and fauna there are gaps in cultural monitoring data and reporting. By using a more holistic approach and measuring any positive or negative impacts, key local taonga can be researched and any effects understood. In collaboration with Ngāti Rangi, Massey University, Ernslaw One, the Department of Conservation and TBfree, a broad-reaching, extensive monitoring program is being implemented. Where required, TBfree have agreed to support the training and employment of tangata whenua.

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Taonga Species - Other significant species
Our inability to hunt traditional bird species etc has led us to rely on the likes of pigs and deer to replace traditional land-based kai gathering. These animals are important as a food supply to whānau homes and manaaki manuhiri at marae tangihanga. Dogs are crucial for hunting pigs and this is the recommended method of hunting under current management plans. Deer Repellent will now be included in the operation to cover Karioi, Rangataua, Hihitahi and Potaka and research and monitoring will be carried out by tangata whenua.

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Kai - Whānau Ora
The ability to support families with free or low cost food is a priority for most families in the Ruapehu and hunting pigs and deer help provide a solution for whānau on a weekly basis. After much deliberation Karioi Forest WILL BE included in the operation as the timing coincides with rahui already planned for the forest. Drops into the Retaruke area are to be delayed till next year creating an alternate area for pig hunting. Deer Repellent will now be included in the operation to cover Karioi, Rangataua, Hihitahi and Potaka. Pig and Deer population monitoring of these areas will also be carried out and also be used to identify any Hunting ban closure times required.

Tangata Whenua Capacity Building
There needs to be real, actual opportunities for tangata whenua to gain new skills, high-level certification and employment. This operation will enable capacity building for tangata whenua through supporting the cost and resources needed for certification and provide ongoing employment opportunities through our Research and Monitoring Programmes.

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Unanswered Questions
From our perspective there are still a number of unanswered questions requiring more research. As part of this operation a Research Programme has been developed in conjunction with a number of partners including Massey University, Ernslaw One, the Department of Conservation and TBfree. We see this as the best opportunity to provide real details of the impact both positive and negative this operation may have. TBfree are also assisting with funding to support this research.

Research and Monitoring Outcomes
While Ngāti Rangi understands TBfree's pest management programme is a ten-year proposal we would prefer to take a more precautionary approach to how many aerial operations are required and are only agreeing to it on an operation-by-operation basis. As part of the Collaboration Management Group we must be involved in any future decision making process for any subsequent operations. If the eradication of TB can be achieved earlier in the programme tangata whenua have the ability to avoid further 1080 operations in the ten year period.