Te Papa Ahurewa was formally established in July 2021 with investment from Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana and support from Te Arawa Lakes Trust.

Te Arawa Lakes Trust saw the need for a team of environmental policy and planning experts to support Te Arawa whānau after receiving multiple requests from within Te Arawa for support in this space. Te Arawa Lakes Trust understood that without this support, policy and planning decisions were being made within the rohe without Te Arawa values informing those decisions. As such, a tono was made by Te Arawa Lakes Trust to Toi Moana for funding to support the establishment of a team of experts in policy, planning, consents and kaupapa Māori.

Te Papa Ahurewa is a team of experts available to support Te Arawa whānau, hapū and iwi to engage in environmental reform, policy, planning and consenting. Te Papa Ahurewa is based at the Te Arawa Lakes Trust offices (1194 Haupapa Street) and can be contacted here.

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 Williams

Ngāti Whakaue, Tūhoe, Ngāti Hauiti, Taranaki

Ngāti Whakaue, Tūhoe, Ngāti Hauiti, Taranaki

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 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.

Deliah Balle

Te Arawa, Ngāti Kahu ki Tokerau, Ngāti Raukawa, Taranaki, Ngāpuhi

Te Arawa, Ngāti Kahu ki Tokerau, Ngāti Raukawa, Taranaki, Ngāpuhi

 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.

Dave Marshall

Dave has over thirty years’ experience in planning and policy having worked for central government, councils, the private sector, and iwi authorities. He specialised first in environmental planning and natural resource management issues. But for the past five years Dave has worked for iwi authorities providing advice and support to hapū and iwi engaging in the consenting, planning and policy processes. Dave is of european descent, was born in Auckland and is very happy to be living in Rotorua.

Harry Carlson

Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Manawa, Ngāti Whare, Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou

Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Manawa, Ngāti Whare, Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou

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.

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