Te Taiao Environment

Patuharakeke are keenly aware that healthy people need a healthy environment. The spiritual, cultural, social and economic health of our hapu has been compromised by the alienation and poor management of our natural resources. We are striving to have more effective participation in environmental management and decision-making.

Over the last decade in particular, the hapu have been faced with increasing pressure to respond and have input into a variety of resource management issues. Industrialisation at Poupouwhenua, proliferation of coastal subdivisions and the continued degradation of our waterways and harbour have captured much of the Trust Board’s time, resources and energy. In order to be less reactive and more proactive we have recently completed our Hapu Environmental Management Plan.

Juliane Chetham currently manages the Resource Management and Customary Fisheries Portfolio’s on behalf of the Trust Board.