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Ngā Pōtiki Environment and Heritage

We support, care for and enhance the natural and built environment, including places of cultural and spiritual significance to Ngā Pōtiki.

Tūhoromatanui: Ngā Potiki Environmental Plan 2019 – 2029 is a working document that aims to protect and preserve Ngā Potiki cultural landscapes and seascapes for future generations.

This environmentally-focused plan builds off the solid foundation set by the Ngā Potiki Environmental Plan 2001 and reflects our values, frustrations, aspirations and achievements in relation to our taiao (environment), our people and our takiwā whāanui (wider area of interest).

While this is an environmentally-focused plan, it also aims to improve the social, cultural and economic outcomes for our Ngā Potiki people.

We want Tūhoromatanui: Ngā Potiki Environmental Plan 2019 – 2029 to:

Influence Council and central government plans, projects, strategies and decisions.
• Guide Ngā Potiki Resource Management Unit mahi.
• Encourage greater collective responsibility for the health of our taiao.

Tūhoromatanui: Ngā Potiki Environmental Plan 2019-2029

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Ngā Pōtiki Resource Management Unit (RMU)

The RMU is charged with the good management, protection and preservation of Ngā Pōtiki cultural and environmental heritage.

Current Projects

  1. The rehabilitation of the Wairakei Stream that once emptied out into Te Moana a Toi (Pacific Ocean) with mass native tree plantings, information boards, park seating and pedestrian walkways for the benefit residents. This iconic waterway is recorded in the Tauranga City Plan as a significant Māori area (SMA).
  2. Registration of Te Tahuna o Rangataua and the Papamoa Hills Heritage Park as wahi tapu under current legislation.
  3. The 2011 grounding of the container ship RENA on the Otaiti Reef and the ongoing threat imposed to the Pāpāmoa coastline and its wildlife.
  4. Restoration of Waitao wetlands.
  5. Exploratory investigations with other interested parties into World Heritage recognition over parts of Ngā Pōtiki takiwa.
  6. Construction of the Bayfair to Baypark interchanges by the New Zealand Transport Agency.


Ngā Pōtiki has a long history of experiencing the impact of urban growth and development in the Tauranga area.

This has been through the use of the Public Works and Municipalities Acts to take land for public utilities and infrastructures on significant cultural places and areas such as Mangatawa, Hikurangi, Kopukairoa and Rangataua Harbour have been desecrated and affected by quarry, seweage ponds and dump, water reservoirs and communication towers culminating in the destruction and desecration of waahi tapu, pa and culturally significant ancestral landscape features and this has been on land owned by Ngā Pōtiki.

Following the establishment of the Ngā Pōtiki Raupatu Claims Committee and the commissioning of research and administration led to the establishment of the Ngā Pōtiki Resource Management Unit (RMU) in 1998. The objective was to try and take stock and management of the rampant urban residential and commercial development that was occuring in Pāpāmoa East.


The objectives of the RMU are:

  • To protect and manage the cultural heritage and natural resources of Ngā Pōtiki for the present and future generations;
  • To secure the protection and management of waahi tapu and all other historical sites of significance to Ngā Pōtiki;
  • To protect and enhance the mauri of the coastal marine area and waterways;
  • To protect and enhance the habitats and natural values of indigenous flora and fauna;
  • To enhance and raise awareness of kaitiakitanga and environmental tikanga;
  • To promote and enhance good relations with the local community, territorial authorities and central government; and
  • To develop kaitiaki skills within Ngā Pōtiki.

Wairakei Stream

Cultural Management Plan

The purpose of the Cultural Management Plan for the Wairakei Stream is to recognise the important cultural values and landscape associated with the Wairakei Stream corridor in Pāpāmoa.

The Tauranga City Council (TCC) lodged an application with the BOP Regional Council (BOPRC) to vary the stormwater storage mitigation requirements in the Comprehensive Stormwater Consent. Tangata whenua namely Te Arawa coastal tribes, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāi Tauwhao, Ngāti He, Ngāti Pūkenga and Ngā Pōtiki have a cultural and spiritual relationship with the Wairakei Stream and are kaitiaki of the stream in the context of the surrounding landscape with some also having a statutory acknowledgement.

The corridor is an ancestral portage connecting many pa sites, nohoanga, waahi tapu and other cultural features along Te Akau ki Pāpāmoa. Such recognition will include identification of cultural significant areas, cultural values, including measures to protect and enhance cultural practices and the connecting of waters from Wairakei Stream to the Kaituna River and recognition elements such as art work, gateway features, planting and landscaping.

Given that this environment has been  significantly modified to accommodate residential, commercial, industrial and infrastructures, the fact that Māori are a product of these lands is found in the environment itself – in names and places and the ancestors, events and customs associated with this place.

Tuhoromatanui – Environmental Plan 2019-2029