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.