Over the years Te Arawa Lakes Trust has received many requests from Te Arawa whānau, hapū, and iwi for technical assistance in the environmental policy and planning space. Te Papa Ahurewa was formed because of these requests – to help fill a gap and provide assistance where requested. However, Te Arawa Lakes Trust and Te Papa Ahurewa understand that Te Papa Ahurewa is only one way in which capacity and capability issues can be addressed – the ultimate goal being to grow Te Arawa capacity and capability so that whānau, hapū and iwi can determine for themselves how they wish to engage. In the coming months, Te Papa Ahurewa will be undertaking a capacity and capability analysis to understand:
- The capacity and capability gaps across Te Arawa
- Future visions of Te Arawa whānau, hapū and iwi for engagement in the environmental planning and policy space
- Resourcing that is required to meet this vision
Te Papa Ahurewa will be seeking to engage with Te Arawa whānau, hapū and iwi in the coming months and we will be in touch and will advertise on our website with further details.