E-Pānui: Mahuru 2023/2

Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai M2PP Kaitiaki Monitoring report
Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai’s M2PP Kaitiaki Monitoring report details significant environmental and human health effects of the M2PP Expressway.Our Taiao Unit have released a report detailing significant environmental and human health effects of the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway (M2PP), following a five year post-construction study. These include several examples of exceedances of New Zealand environmental and human health standards.The kaitiaki monitoring programme was groundbreaking nationally, being the first time Waka Kōtahi NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) provided for mana whenua to undertake post-construction integrated ecological, social and cultural monitoring as part of the compliance of a large roading project.Between 2018 and 2022, our consultants Jordan Housiaux and Dr. Mahina-a-rangi Baker investigated the impacts of the M2PP Expressway to mana whenua wellbeing, and to twelve significant freshwater mahinga kai sites (sites for fishing or gathering) across our rohe. The study conducted oral interviews and online surveys in addition to ecological monitoring including water, watercress, and tuna (eel) health and abundance. The M2PP Kaitiaki Monitoring Programme Report identifies high-levels of lead and arsenic within watercress samples collected from the Kiwi Road site in Paraparaumu in 2018; this site had been developed by M2PP into a flood offset storage area inspite of elevated heavy metal levels detected prior to construction. The report also describes a significant decline in the presence of watercress across the duration of the study period.High levels of E.coli bacteria, an indicator for faecal contamination was also observed across a number of sites in water and watercress samples between 2018 and 2022. This includes exceedances of bottom-line values set out in national policy.Furthermore, the report describes ‘extremely severe’ impacts of environmental change to mana whenua wellbeing due to issues such as land and river disturbance, and displacement of freshwater mahinga kai species.Dr. Mahinaarangi Baker says “The NZTA is bound by the conditions of their consent for the expressway to restore mahinga kai sites of significance where they have been impacted post-construction. It’s important to not only us as an iwi, but to the wider community, that we can have confidence that NZTA will meet their legal obligations in managing the significant effects of roading on our environment and our people.”The report challenges the NZTA to mitigate the post-construction effects of the M2PP Expressway to Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai and the environment, through proposed remedial works to reduce freshwater and mahinga kai contamination, watercress reseeding in effected catchments, and support for access to rongoā.We thank all our people who provided interviews, participated in surveys and assisted with kaitiaki monitoring to aid in informing this significant report.  The full report can be viewed below:
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Waikanae Marae and Kaumatua Hui
Kia ora tātou katou,Please note that there will be no Marae Committee or Kaumatua Hui in the month of October as the Marae will be used as an Advanced Polling Place.  We hope that whānau will tautoko this kaupapa and choose us as their preferred voting space!  More details to follow below.  
Waikanae Marae – Your Advanced Voting Place!
The Electoral Commission have chosen Waikanae Marae to be their advanced voting place for 2023.  Clearly our manaakitanga contributed to the success of the elections in 2020 that they approached us again this year!Managing the voting hub and looking after whānau are our Aunties, Lois McNaught, Sandra Rikihana, Hauangi Kiwha and Gwen Greenham. Voting starts Monday 2 October, so the doors will open at 9.00am.  Hours of operations are as follows:Monday, 2 October – Tuesday, 10 October 2023, 9.00am-4.00pm.Wednesday, 11 October – Friday, 13 October 2023, 4.00pm-8.00pmPlease note we will not be open on election day, Saturday, 14 October 2023.  Therefore, we hope to see you before then and encourage all whānau to participate in this year’s general elections to ensure we have the right leadership in Paremata!If you’re enrolled at the address where you live by Sunday, 10 September you’ll be sent an EasyVote pack.  If you haven’t received this pack, please check to see if you are registered or if you need more information.  Click below!
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Annual General Meeting: Takamore Urupa Reservation
2023 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: Takamore Trustees, as trustees of the Takamore Urupa Reservation, hereby give notice pursuant to the Māori Reservation Regulations and Te Ture Whenua Māori Land Act 1993 that the Annual General Meeting of beneficiaries will be held on Saturday 7th October 2023, at 10 Parata Street, Waikanae, commencing at 10:00 am.The Trustees shall consider and vote on:1. Any general business which is notified to the chairperson in writing at least two days prior to the date of the meeting.Whānau are asked to bring a plate to share for lunch. Communications in relation to this notice should be directed to: The Secretary, Tania Hughes at: waikanaetakamoretrust@gmail.com
Kapiti Island Nature Tours – Vacancy!
Kapiti Island Nature Tours is an award-winning whānau business that’s been running for over 20 years, drawing on our whakapapa connection to Waiōrua at the north end of the motu. Today we transport manuhiri from Paraparaumu Beach to visit Kapiti Island for day tours, and overnight stays at our whare at Waiōrua Bay. We’re a living wage employer, and prefer to hire uri o te motu where possible.We’re looking for an enthusiastic ringawera to join the crew in the lodge to provide kai for our manuhiri and kaimahi. We pride ourselves on feeding our manuhiri well, in a whānau style, and see this as a key expression of our manaakitanga. No pressure, but our tūpuna are watching! We’re looking for someone who can commit to at least 2 days and nights of regular mahi each week, but for the right person we might offer more or less, depending on your availability. If you’d like to know more about the ringawera role, please email manaaki@kapitiisland.com.We’re also looking for passionate story tellers to join our team of kaiārahi (guides), to help us connect manuhiri to the magic of Kapiti Island, and share with them the kōrero of the land. Kaiārahi are responsible for ensuring our manuhiri get the most out of their visit to Kapiti Island, by delivering introductory talks covering the island’s rich and interesting human and conservation history, as well as helping to identify and enjoy the abundant wildlife the island is famous for.If you’d like to find out more about the kaiārahi role, please email pania@kapitiisland.com. Ngā mihi,Manaaki BarrettPou TaiaoKapiti Island Nature Tours
Waiorua Bay, Kapiti Island, NZPh: 0800 KAPITI (0800 527 484) Mob: +64 27 632 8787 www.kapitiisland.com
Te Kura Waka o Whātonga
Tēnā tātou e te hāpori, The Trustees have been working in the background ensuring all our policies/ procedures are in place before they present back to whānau.NEXT WHĀNAU HUI: Sunday 1st October at 1pm @ Kapiti College Marae.Thank you for being patient with us! We look forward to seeing you all again soon.Nga manaakitanga,Te Kura Waka o Whātonga Trustee
Kapiti Island summer season volunteers!
Department of Conservation are currently taking application for November only– for the full period 29 October to 22 November.  They are taking waiting list applications for other months in case of cancellation.Please contact Lee Barry directly and mention your iwi affiliations to Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai and the dates you are available in your application.What to expect:  You’ll work with rangers or other volunteers on general tasks to help manage visitor facilities and the unique biodiversity of the island.Duties include assisting with hihi/stitchbird management, as well as working with traps, tracks, infrastructure and visitor assets.You’ll be working 6–8 hour days and must be able to commit to the full month.You must be over the age of 18.Jobs you may be required to do include:bird feeding, which involves carrying heavy loads uphillmaintenance and hygiene of bird feeders and cleaning of equipmentdomestic chores including cleaning, laundry and weedingbasic DIY, painting, etc.checking and rebaiting DOC150 trap boxestrack maintenancebeach clean-upsvisitor surveysassist with other research and conservation projects.Fitness required: A high level of fitness is required. The work is physical and will require you to work off-track in steep, challenging terrain carrying up to 15 kg.Skills required: Experience with tramping and bush navigation skills are an advantage. You must have the ability to work independently or within a group and be confident interacting with members of the public. Your skills will be matched to the tasks available where possible. You must be prepared to be socially self-sufficient as well as a courteous house-mate as part of our small and isolated team.Transport and biosecurity: Boat transport to and from the island will be provided by DOC. You’ll need to arrange and pay for your own transport to and from the Paraparaumu Beach departure point. Kapiti Island is a pest and predator-free nature reserve. There are strict biosecurity protocols in place. Details will be provided to all successful applicants at the planning stage of their trip.Training: Any necessary training will be provided. If you have specific skills list them in your application.Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a well-equipped DOC house with shared bunkrooms. The accommodation has shared facilities including:renewable electricity, flush toilets, gas-powered hot water and cookinga well-equipped kitchenlounge/living areashared bathroomwashing machine.What to bring:  Food: Volunteers need to provide their own food. No food supplies are available on the island. Pack all food in rodent and insect-proof sealed containers.Gear: Find out what to bring. A full gear list will be provided when your volunteering opportunity is confirmed. Any safety gear and all tools will be supplied.Note: Due to biosecurity rules you must check and clean all gear vigilantly before packing. Do not bring any gaiters or tents with you. Pack all your gear in sealed containers or a backpack. No loose items or open food bags are permitted to land on Kapiti Island.How to apply:Applications are now open for the 2023/2024 season. Please complete the online application form, and you will be contacted if more information is required. What happens next:Their volunteer programme often has many more applicants than positions available. You will be contacted within three weeks of your application if there is a position available for you. If you have not had a reply by then, unfortunately this means your application has not been successful.Contact:  Kapiti Wellington OfficePhone:  +64 4 470 8412Email:  wellington@doc.govt.nzAddress:  13b Wall Place
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