Based at Te Arawa Lakes Trust, Te Papa Ahurewa is a hub of highly qualified technicians with expertise in kaupapa Māori and environmental processes. Te Papa Ahurewa is available to provide environmental advocacy to any Te Arawa iwi, hapū and whānau who request support in this area. Whilst the team are available to support in a technical capacity, Te Papa Ahurewa is not designed to make decisions on behalf of whānau, hapū, or iwi. The mana of each whānau, hapū and iwi rests with those rōpū and external agencies, such as local and regional council, have an obligation to engage directly with whānau, hapū and iwi as Treaty partners.
Nāku te rourou, nāu te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi
Te Papa Ahurewa acknowledges Te Arawa Lakes Trust for bringing Te Papa Ahurewa to life through its vision to strengthen Te Arawa environmental advocacy. Te Papa Ahurewa would like to give recognition to Nicki Douglas for her tireless effort to establish Te Papa Ahurewa. It is due to this vision and effort that Te Papa Ahurewa can provide technical assistance to Te Arawa iwi, hapū and whānau on environmental issues.
Te Papa Ahurewa acknowledges Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana for supporting the vision of Te Arawa Lakes Trust to establish Te Papa Ahurewa – a taiao hub of environmental technicians available to support Te Arawa iwi, hapū and whānau with technical environmental matters. Te Papa Ahurewa further acknowledges the funding provided by Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana to support the establishment of Te Papa Ahurewa.
Te Papa Ahurewa is a team of highly qualified individuals with experience and expertise in dealing with resource management and the taiao. From legislative and policy reform, to planning and consents, we are available to support Te Arawa iwi, hapū and whānau to work together toward protecting the quality of our taonga, our whenua, and our waterways.
Te Rangimārie was raised in Tauranga moana and has whakapapa connections throughout the Bay of Plenty. Rotorua is home and is where Te Rangimārie’s grandparents Tangiauriki McGarvey (nee Webber) and Piki McGarvey raised their whānau. Te Rangimārie is responsible for the management of Te Papa Ahurewa.
Te Rangimārie has extensive background advocating for iwi and hapū in the taiao space, including both as an environmental lawyer, and more recently in the policy, planning and consents space. Te Rangimārie recognises the need to advocate for Māori at both a local and national level to ensure whānau, hapū and iwi values are reflected in environmental decision-making. In this regard, Te Rangimārie has a wide range of experience in both relams including as the head of an iwi environmental arm and as Lead Technical Advisor to the Kāhui Wai Māori.
Te Rangimārie is married to Ross Taurima (Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine) and they have three children, Te Amo, Charlie, and Kāwharu.
Growing up in Bulls and living in Auckland most of her life, Deliah has spent the last eight years in her home of Waiariki working in the taiao space for iwi and hapū.
Prior to moving home to Rotorua, Deliah worked with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa for 4 years on the Whakatāne Council’s Proposed District Plan Review and the Environment Court proceedings for the MV Rena resource consent.
Since moving home Deliah has focused on the statutory role of the Te Arawa Lakes Trust including the Settlement Protocols, resource consents and the gazettal of the Te Arawa Lakes Bylaws. She is currently working in the freshwater policy and engagement space through the government’s freshwater reforms, and is also technical adviser to the iwi leaders’ group for freshwater.
Deliahs strengths are in policy, consents, and engagement and she enjoys sharing and designing tools with hapū to enable greater participation in the resource management space, ensuring their voices and values are heard and not lost in translation in government processes.
Harry was born and raised in Murupara and whakapapa to iwi throughout the Bay of Plenty. Growing up in a rural lifestyle and living sustainably within the natural environment set the pathway and foundations for Harry to study towards environmental sustainability.
Harry was previously a summer intern at Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development undertaking Waikato-Tainui review of Te Ture Whaimana – Vision and Strategy for the Waikato River and Bay of Plenty Regional Council within the Māori Policy Team providing support to the team and providing capacity to Te Arawa Iwi.
Harry has been working in the iwi environmental space for the past 2 years and joined Te Arawa Lakes Trust in 2019 focusing on resource consents and resource management policies.
Harry is married to Parewahaika Harris of Ngāti Whakaue and they have one son, Tihema Te Haupapa Pango Carlson.