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Iti te Kōpara – Hapū Economic Development Plan

Iti te kopara kai takiri ana i runga i te Kahikatea.

Hikurangi Takiwa Trust (HTT) with support from Eastland Community Trust (ECT), commissioned the preparation of a draft Economic Development Plan to help identify opportunities and plan action to raise the economic wellbeing of the Takiwa.

Scope

HTT Trustees agreed at their meeting in March 2016 that it made sense for the plan to include people and places in the wider district and not be restricted just to the geographic and population communities that Hikurangi Takiwa Trust is established to benefit. This plan has a focus on the area generally from Te Puia Springs and Waipiro Bay through to Poroporo and Rangitukia.

It is by no means comprehensive or authoritative, it has no explicit mandate from the people in this district but we have tried to involve business owners and local residents in identifying priorities and opportunities to progress. We have provided drafts of the plan to a number of external stakeholders with a particular interest in our communities.

Structure

Through a process of local stakeholder engagement and research, a broad range of opportunities have been narrowed down in the development of an Action Plan to ensure limited resources can make the greatest short to medium term difference.

The projects in the Action Plan have been organised together into three broad work streams:

  • WHAIRAWA / CAPITAL GROWTH
  • AHUWHENUA / ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
  • KUHUKUHU / SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS

 

The Whairawa / Capital Growth work-stream focuses on identifying and growing six asset classes in the district:

  • Natural Capital: Regenerating a healthy natural environment.
  • Manufactured Capital: Ensuring the infrastructure that enables economic development and wellbeing is available.
  • Human Capital: Building local capability for economic development through education, training, mentoring and whānau relocating back to the district.
  • Intellectual Capital: Developing and protecting knowledge-based assets including traditional knowledge and intellectual property.
  • Financial Capital: Encouraging capital investment in local ventures.
  • Social & Cultural Capital: Maintaining and growing healthy relationships, traditions, creativity and resources within the community.

The Ahuwhenua / Enterprise Development work-stream focuses on supporting the local development of high value industries and the business service sector. This includes new products and services and expanding existing enterprises while reducing associated business costs:

  • Tourism & Hospitality: eco-tourism, cultural experiences, agricultural tourism, etc.
  • Bioactives: manuka, kanuka, hemp, pine, etc.
  • Energy: solar, hydro and biomass for heating, fuel and electricity
  • Research & Technology: online businesses and services, consultants and technical support, etc.
  • Forestry: diversifying species, improving environmental management, utilising waste stream, etc.
  • Beef & Sheep: diversifying breeds and improving production
  • Horticulture: cropping, nuts, truffles, saffron, Nati Kai Kete, etc.

The Kuhukuhu / Sustainable Livelihoods work-stream focuses on supporting whānau to stay in the district, maintain sustainable lifestyles based on traditional whenua and access to natural resources through:

  • Supporting Existing Businesses: identifying & deploying priority business support for existing enterprise;
  • Reframing Development: using progress indicators that measure wellbeing instead of income;
  • Supporting Subsistence: enabling public policy supporting rather than penalising subsistence lifestyles based on hunting, gathering and harvesting;
  • Digital Development: improving digital infrastructure and skills for telecommuting.

Next Steps

To progress the goals of the plan Hikurangi Takiwa Trust supports the establishment of a new entity to lead job creation and economic development opportunities in the takiwa and neighbouring hapū. Subsequently this planning process has resulted in the establishment of Hikurangi Huataukina Trust, a charitable trust focused on job creation and economic development – initially in the communities between Waipiro Bay and Rangitukia.

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Dr Joanne Clapcott from the Cawthron Institute identifying stream inhabitants with wananga participants from Makarika and Hiruharama.

Vision Matauranga support for hapū

New funds have been allocated to support the co-management of freshwater in Tairawhiti. Hapū collective, Hikurangi Takiwā Trust, will host a two year placement of freshwater scientist, Dr Joanne Clapcott, from the Cawthron Institute, New Zealand’s largest independent science organisation.

The placement will be funded by the Te Punaha Hihiko – Vision Matauranga Capability Fund from the Ministry for Business Innovation & Employment. This is the fourth round for the Fund which was established to grow skills and capacity for Māori participation in science and innovation and support outcomes that benefit New Zealand.

The placement will help discover and develop local capability through the design and application of a cultural monitoring framework for freshwater resources.

“The cultural monitoring framework provides the backbone of the placement from which we hope to develop new tools for local hapū and landowners to engage in freshwater management” says Dr Clapcott.

Proposed new ‘tools’ include:

  • a locally relevant cultural health indicator
  • a monitoring network that identifies and incorporates the values of local hapū
  • a five year regional engagement plan that promotes co-learning amongst neighbouring hapū collectives with parallel aspirations to increase their freshwater management capability.

Hikurangi Takiwā Trust has strong kaitiakitanga aspirations and a desire to engage in the co-management of freshwater in the Waiapu rohe. Following the ratification of the Joint Management Agreement between Te Runanga o Ngāti Porou and Gisborne District Council in 2015, Hikurangi Takiwā Trust have been identifying ways to actively engage in the co-management of environmental resources in the Waiapu catchment.

“Hikurangi Takiwā Trust are stoked to host and work alongside Dr Joanne Clapcott – who has affiliations to local hapū Te Aitanga a Mate – in her placement and build our freshwater skill set” says Trustee Pia Pohatu.

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Meanwhile, Hikurangi Takiwā Trust has teamed up with He Awa Ora, He Tai Ora, Healthy Rivers Living Sea Education Trust to offer a two day training workshop this week on stream and river quality monitoring.

The workshop for hapū members, marae representatives, local landowners, teachers and students is on 27th and 28th June at Kariaka Pa, Ruatoria.

For more information and to register please contact Pia Pohatu: pia@uritukuiho.org.nz

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Hikurangi Takiwa Trust is a hapū collective progressing the interests and responsibilities of Te Aitanga-a-Mate, Te Aowera, Te Whānau-a-Rākairoa, Te Whānau-a-Hinekehu and Te Awemapara hapū located between Waipiro Bay and Ruatorea.

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Freshwater Monitoring Workshop

Hikurangi Takiwa Trust has teamed up with He Awa Ora, He Tai Ora, Healthy Rivers Living Sea Education Trust to offer a two day training workshop on stream and river quality monitoring. 

The free workshop will cover a wide range of low cost, user-friendly tools and scientifically robust techniques for assessing the quality and changes in waterways in Tairāwhiti. The workshop will be based in the Waikohu and Makatote streams that feed into the awa Mata. Cultural considerations and Health & Safety issues will also be covered in the workshop.

Accommodation is available and we encourage participation from hapu members, marae representatives, local landowners, teachers and students.

The workshop will start 10am Monday 27 June at Kariaka Pa, Ruatoria and conclude 3pm 28 June.

For more information and to register please contact Pia Pohatu: pia@uritukuiho.org.nz 

East Coast Digital Development Hui

Freshly installed Horehore / Makarika - Ruatoria radio wifi repeater owned by Evolution Wireless.

Freshly installed Horehore / Makarika – Ruatoria radio wifi repeater owned by Evolution Wireless.

A hui hosted by Hikurangi Takiwa Trust was held at Kariaka Pa on 31 August 2015 to identify priority digital developments for our part of the world. With representatives at the hui from Te Araroa to Te Puia, the meeting notes were circulated to a wider group of East Coast residents for additional input.

Those involved agreed on the following:

Community Technology & Tourism Hubs

  • Community Technology Hubs provide valuable opportunities for local residents who do not have internet access at home to have a relatively easy access option, with support to develop their confidence and skills.
  • Community Technology Hubs provide people with opportunities to better understand the potential of internet access to make their lives easier – particularly in terms of communication with family, friends, businesses (especially banking, utilities and other services) and public services (Council, health services, WINZ, IRD, etc.).
  • Community Technology Hubs can also be used as tourist visitor centres with information on local attractions, accommodation, food retailers.
  • A number of existing facilities and groups exist in the villages[1] on the Coast that are already or could be utilised as Community Technology Hubs. What we need is a feasibility assessment for each community to:
    1. identify the most promising facilities in each community;
    2. a building report on what the facility already has and would need to be suitable as a Community Technology Hub (insulation, networking, internet connection, work stations, furniture, kitchen facilities, toilets, etc.);
    3. identify the potential host organisation that is already or could support one or more part-time staff members to provide training and support to users, and visitor information services.

Such a study would also look at shared services that could be offered between the hubs (such as a common server, software licenses, specialist equipment, specialist technicians and trainers, etc.)

Roadshow

  • Information contained in the GDC submission to MBIE for the digital enablement EOI was inaccurate and misrepresented the reality of the situation for households, service providers and businesses on the East Coast. It needs to be corrected as it formed the basis for the bid and significantly over-claimed existing coverage.
  • A significant barrier to more affordable internet access is lack of knowledge about what services are available for what price.
  • A roadshow around Coast communities – probably through school and marae – could provide independent advice and information on options for home and business internet access (including ISPs products, phone/internet boosters, etc.), as well as engaging communities in discussions on digital development priorities and consultation to identify current blackspots in radio WiFi and cellular coverage.

Other barriers

  • Significant costs are associated with establishing a new connection on the Coast because new physical infrastructure is often required in the form of a radio repeater – these usually cost $2-3,000 per repeater. To reduce the digital divide, residents should pay the same for establishing and maintaining internet connections regardless of where they live in the region. Subsidies for new rural broadband connections would reduce the current disparities that mean those in the highest deprivation areas pay the highest costs to access the internet.
  • The Mind Lab is difficult to access from the Coast – both in terms of travel distance and cost for holiday programmes, etc. Is it serving the district equally? If not, what will be done to reduce the inequalities in access to this important and heavily subsidised resource for students, teachers and whānau?
  • Access to technical support is more costly for the Coast because technicians servicing private homes, businesses, education and health providers and community services have to pay extra for travel time and mileage to have their machines serviced. How can we support technical support closer to where it is required if the critical mass does not yet exist?
  • There are mixed messages about how much the fibre running around the Coast can be utilised by communities and facilities. We need accurate information on the possibilities and opportunities to utilise this vital piece of infrastructure for businesses, health and education providers and homes – especially those in close proximity to SH35 and the fibre cable installed by FX Networks.

Other opportunities

  • Significant opportunities exist for cultural and business development if more investment is made in things like Code Clubs, Te Reo resources, basic technology skills, telehealth services, bee-keeping technologies, etc.
  • The pilot project Ivan Lomax has undertaken with Tolaga Bay Area School to utilise their high speed connection for homes in the vicinity and sending data via a repeater on Titirangi has a lot of potential and Ministry of Education has explicitly encouraged schools to use their connections for community benefit. This need more support and a project focused on the potential for this solution to be implemented around the region.

If readers have other suggestions, please comment in the box below…

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[1] Hicks Bay, Te Araroa, Tikitiki/Rangitukia, Ruatorea, Waipiro/Te Puia Spring, Tokomaru Bay, Tolaga Bay.

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TRONPnui candidate responses to hapu questionnaire

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Hikuranga Takiwa Trust is an entity representing the six pa of Te Whanau a Hinekehu, Te Aowera, Te Aitanga-a-Mate and Te Whanau-a-Rakairoa in Rohenga 5. Whanau in our rohenga affiliate to all the other TRONPnui rohenga as well, so we sent this candidate questionnaire to all TRONPnui candidates to allow us to share the responses within our hapu and Ngati Porou whanui.

It was entirely optional for candidates to participate and some have not provided responses. Thanks to those (in red) who have responded, the answers are thoughtful and many are comprehensive. Feel free to leave comments below if you have feedback on the questions and/or answers. If other candidates submit responses, we will upload them, so please check back before you vote.

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A number of hapu clusters / rohenga are planning meet the candidates meetings. Hikurangi Takiwa Trust have invited Rohenga 5 candidates to our six-weekly hui this Sunday 13th September and we’ve included time for the candidates to speak to the hui and take patai from the floor.

Voting papers will be posted from Monday 14 September 2015. Voting will close at 12pm noon on Wednesday 14 October 2015. More information about the election is available at: www.ngatiporou.com

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Rohenga Tipuna 1 – Potikirua ki Whangaokeno

KARAITIANA Tina (Kei Te Whenua)
KOHERE Rei (Noho Kaenga)
PAHURU-HURIWAI Ani (Noho Kaenga)
PUKETAPU-WATSON Huti (Noho Kaenga)

Rohenga Tipuna 2 – Whangaokeno ki Waiapu

GOLDSMITH Keryn (Kei Te Whenua)
GOLDSMITH Victor (Kei Te Whenua)
HIRSCHFELD Charl (Kei Te Whenua)
IRWIN Kathie (Kei Te Whenua)
MAHUIKA Matanuku (Noho Kaenga)
PAPUNI April (Noho Kaenga)
TANGAERE Patrick (Noho Kaenga)
TIBBLE Tiwana (Kei Te Whenua)

Rohenga Tipuna 3 – Pohautea ki Te Onepoto

TANGAERE BALDWIN Lilian (Noho Kaenga)
TAWHIWHIRANGI Heni (Noho Kaenga)
WALKER Ngarangi (Noho Kaenga)

Rohenga Tipuna 4 – Te Onepoto ki Rahuimanuka

HEI HEI Michael (Kei Te Whenua)
PHILIP-BARBARA Glenis Hiria (Kei Te Whenua)
REEDY-TAARE Mei (Kei Te Whenua)
WALKER Lionel (Kei Te Whenua)
WARMENHOVEN Marijke (Noho Kaenga)
WARMENHOVEN Tui Aroha (Noho Kaenga)

Rohenga Tipuna 5 – Rahuimanuka ki Mataahu

KUPENGA Te Rau (Kei Te Whenua)
NGARIMU Elizabeth (Noho Kaenga)
PARATA Selwyn (Noho Kaenga)
SOUTAR Barry James (Kei Te Whenua)
TUHURA Kuini Moehau (Noho Kaenga)

Rohenga Tipuna 6 – Mataahu ki Kokoronui

CHAMBERS Jack (Noho Kaenga)
KALE Fiona (Kei Te Whenua)
PEWHAIRANGI Kody (Noho Kaenga)
RAIHANIA Na (Kei Te Whenua)
TIBBLE Rhonda Maxine (Kei Te Whenua)
WHAREHINGA Josh (Noho Kaenga)

Rohenga Tipuna 7 – Kokoronui ki Te Toka a Taiau

BLACKMAN Kelly (Noho Kaenga)
GIBSON Harata (Charlotte) (Noho Kaenga)
OLSEN-RATANA Tina (Kei Te Whenua)
TANGOHAU Maui (Noho Kaenga)
TE MOMO Fiona (Kei Te Whenua)
TUHIWAI-RURU Rawiri (Kei Te Whenua)