Policy and Strategy

A key purpose of the Policy and Strategy group is to provide high level policy and strategy advice to the Raukawa Charitable Trust on environmental matters.

The Policy and Strategy work programme includes providing strategic advice, advocacy, and positioning to ensure Raukawa values and interests are reflected in national, regional, and district policy and planning processes and other environmental policy frameworks.

This work covers a broad range of tasks and topics, including the development, implementation and protection of the Co-Management Framework for the Waikato River and aspects of the Raukawa Comprehensive Deed (and associated legislation).


National level Policy Development

The Policy and Strategy group engages in key policy and legislative changes at a national level. Most recently, this work has included engaging as part of the iwi leaders Freshwater Subcommittee on both Resource Management Act reform and iwi rights and interests in freshwater


Regional and district policy development

Pūtake Taiao engages in key policy and planning changes at a regional and district level to ensure Raukawa interests and values are considered and represented at both the district and regional level.  This work has includes engaging both at a governance and management level within the Healthy Rivers – Wai Ora Plan Change for the Waikato River catchment, the Proposed Waikato Regional Policy Statement, and a number of proposed District Council Plan processes


Ministerial Accord Implementation

Pūtake Taiao is responsible for leading the implementation of the Overarching Accord with the Prime Minister and 10 Portfolio Accords with Ministers and departments/agencies. These plans give effect to the commitment made between the Raukawa Settlement Trust and the Crown, which arose from the Deed in Relation to a Co-Management Framework for the Waikato River.


Joint Management Agreements

Joint Management Agreements are a mechanism developed under Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Raukawa, Te Arawa River Iwi Waikato River Act 2010 and give effect to Te Ture Whaimana – the Vision and Strategy for the Waikato River.  Pūtake Taiao has negotiated six Joint Management Agreements between the Raukawa Settlement Trust and the Waikato Regional Council, Waipā District Council, South Waikato District Council, Taupō District Council, Rotorua District Council, and Otorohanga District Council. The current focus is on implementing the commitments and actions outlined in these agreements.


Governance support

Pūtake Taiao provides policy and strategy support and advice to both the Raukawa Settlement Trust and Raukawa Charitable Trust governance boards. This support covers a range of environmental issues, as well as supporting members of the governance boards in their roles on external bodies such as the Iwi Leaders Freshwater Sub-Committee, the Waikato River Authority, and Healthy Rivers Wai Ora Committee.


Treaty negotiations support

Pūtake Taiao provides key strategic support for the Treaty and Research Team in regards to the negotiation of overlapping claims, the negotiation of ongoing Treaty of Waitangi Settlements, and Treaty implementation.


Deed in relation to a Co-Management Framework for the Waikato River 17 December 2009 | PDF



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