Respect for our precious sites
The traditional relationships of mana whenua with their land and water are matters of national importance under section 6(e) of the Resource Management Act (RMA).
In our region there are six iwi:
Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa
Rangitane o Wairarapa
Ngati Raukawa ki te Tonga
Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai
Ngati Toa Rangatira
Taranaki Whanui ki te Upoko o te Ika a Maui
There are areas and sites of significance to tangata whenua that are at risk of degradation or are threatened by human activities in the region. We work closely with mana whenua to protect these sites.
Some examples include places associated with ngā atua (deities), taniwha and kaitiaki (guardians and protectors of places), historical land uses such as a source of a particular type of clay, species of mahinga kai (natural food source) or quality of water.
All of these sites are shown on our interactive map showing car free beaches.