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This Project is to develop skills and further knowledge  
using a mix of mātauranga Māori and western science

Tēna tātou, nau mai haere mai ki te pae tukutuku o Project Kaitiaki.

This page is a work in progress, we’ll be continuously updating and adding information and resources to support kaitiakitanga ki Ngāti Tūwharetoa.


Brief Overview – Te Ahunga Mai o Project Kaitiaki

Project Kaitiaki is a new kaupapa established under the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board, guided by Nga Kaihautū o te Awa o Waikato. The project’s objective is to build capacity and capability in Tūwharetoa tangata to participate in and make decisions for wai and te taiao. The project aims to develop skills and further knowledge using a mix of mātauranga Māori and Western science.


our key objectives – NgĀ paearu angitu

  • Design a pilot project to develop kaitiaki plans with Te Hikuwai o Tūwharetoa Marae
  • Develop a mātauranga framework to help understand and protect our wai māori for future generations
  • Investigate new ways to digitally preserve important information
  • Develop resources, and tools and hold wānanga to support Kaitiakitanga

The Trust Board received funding from the Ministry for the Environment’s Te Mana o te Wai fund, the project ends in February 2025.


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Information and Resources – pitopito kōrero me ngĀ rauemi matihiko

Relevant links to fresh water management and legislation.


Guidelines Te Mana o Te Wai MFE - Freshwater Te Wai Māori Waikato Regional Council Waikato River Authority

Funding Opportunities – Tahua pūtea mō ngā kaupapa taiao


Ngāti Tūwharetoa Genesis Energy Committee

The primary purpose of the committee is to distribute mitigation funds on behalf of Ngāti Tūwharetoa.

Ngāti Tūwharetoa Mercury Development Group

The Ngāti Tūwharetoa – Mercury Development Group was established as a result of a partnership agreement between Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Mighty River Power (now Mercury) in October 2002. The Development Group is charged with the task of supporting Ngāti Tūwharetoa in cultural, educational and environmental projects.

Waikato Regional Council

Various funding and scholarship opportunities for the Waikato region.

Tiaki Wai Fund

Each year, Te Wai Māori Trust provides the Tiaki Wai fund to support iwi, hapū, and whānau to fulfil aspirations for freshwater fisheries in their rohe.

Check back regularly for updates.

Ngā Matapopore Whenua

Each year, six grants of $10,000 each are available to catchment groups across the Upper North Island, Eastern North Island, Central New Zealand, Canterbury, Otago-South Canterbury, and Southland to support sustainable initiatives for rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands.


Ngāti Tūwharetoa Genesis Energy Ngāti Tūwharetoa Mercury Development Group Waikato Regional Council Tiaki Wai Fund Ngā Matapopore Whenua

Events – Huihuinga

online fast-track bill session

WHEN: Monday 15th April 2024 3:30 pm

WHERE: Kauhanga Ātea/Online Zoom

REGISTRATIONS: Email admin@poipoia.co.nz to register your interest


Nau mai, haere mai.
He hui kei te haere.

Poipoia Ltd and Whaia Legal welcome your attendance at our LIVE Online session on the Fast Track Bill. Your hosts are Tina Porou (Managing Director – Poipoia) and Maia Wikaira (Managing Director – Whaia Legal).

As a whānau, hapū iwi member, a Māori economic authority, or you just want to understand what this bill means then please feel free to attend.

Ngā Aronga Matua: The FAST TRACK BILL! What does it mean for you!

Ngā Hua o Te Wānanga: For more information, click here.

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Kura Taiao ki Ngāti Tūwharetoa

WHEN: 23-24 Maehe 2024
Pākira Marae, Waitahanui, Taupō
PROGRAMME: click here

Kaupapa: Kura Taiao aims to foster meaningful conversations, engage in insightful wānanga with esteemed taiao specialists, and create an atmosphere conducive to reflecting on our relationship with te taiao.

Ngā Aronga Matua: Our focus is on reigniting enthusiasm for te taiao and enhancing kaitiaki capabilities within our Tūwharetoa rohe. The programme includes sessions on maramataka, identifying whakapapa species, showcasing environmental innovations, mahinga kai narratives, commitment to tino rangatiratanga, and more.

Ngā Hua o Te Wānanga: We aim to inspire whānau to embrace kaitiakitanga, articulate motivations for action, and equip you with the necessary resources for effecting positive change.

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Te Wai Māori 

Annual Fresh Water Conference

WHEN: 16-17 Nov 2023
Rutherford Hotel, Whakatū (Nelson)

Te Wai Māori Trust is proud to present the Māori Freshwater Fisheries Conference, bringing together kaitiaki wai Māori from around Aotearoa for two days of inspiring kōrero on our wai Māori taonga and their kainga.

Our 2023 conference was held in November in Wakatū (Nelson).

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Te Hira Pu Ao

Check back regularly for updates