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Ruamāhanga Whaitua Values Discussions

Ruamāhanga Whaitua Values Discussions

Updated 18 October 2017 4:14pm

From their conversations with the community in 2015, the Ruamāhanga Whaitua Committee developed a set of community values.  

Community values 

Read the summary report from the community meetings which includes the notes from each event. 

Community values summary report

Values discussions

From February to September 2015 the Ruamāhanga Whaitua Committee organised discussions in country halls, marae and event centres to establish a picture of how our waterways are ‘valued’ by people in the Ruamāhanga River catchment. What importance do people place on water for its life sustaining properties as well as recreational, economic or cultural use?

The community were asked three questions:

  • What were the waterways like in the past and how were they used?
  • What are important issues currently facing your area's waterways?
  • What would you like your waterways to be like in the future?

At some meetings the community were invited to answer these questions for different parts of the catchment. The Committee then developed these conversations into the final set of community values. 

These values will underpin the Committee’s decision making, as they consider different options for land and water management depending on how these community and mana whenua values are affected.