Tū tahi ki te Kei
Let’s all stand together in the stern of our waka
Hokonui Rūnanga established Murihiku Regeneration to work closely and collaboratively with the Crown, giving voice and meaning to local Treaty obligations to Ngāi Tahu, and ensuring a clear, coherent plan for a prosperous and more sustainable Murihiku/Southland.
The formation of Murihiku Regeneration was triggered by uncertainty surrounding the future of the NZAS Aluminium Smelter at Tiwai, and the deep impact its signalled closure would have on the community.
A series of rūnanga/hapū, community and stakeholder hui were held in late 2020 that confirmed widespread support for the establishment of Murihiku Regeneration. As such, our mahi is focussed on the collective interests of all people living in Murihiku/Southland and in the national interest.
Building a regenerative economy
Murihiku Regeneration provides an opportunity to bring together the four Papatipu Rūnanga of Murihiku to work together to build a regenerative economy that will support future generations.
Find out more about the four Papatipu Rūnanga of Murihiku:
Find out more about Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.
Our Murihiku Papatipu Rūnanga - are individually strong, collectively enabled and driving Rūnanga and Regional aspirations that will sustain our lifestyles in a thriving, healthy environment for our generations to come.
What we’re about - key foci
- Enhancing our mana whenua and partnership with the Crown.
- Supporting community, education, upskilling, environment, and industry.
- Training, work force capability development and alignment to industry development.
- Creating development opportunities through commercial and community partnerships.
- Taking a long-term and intergenerational view of these matters.
Key to long-term success is the establishment of the Office of Upoko, and a strong Governance and Leadership team.
Find out more about Our Mahi and keep up to date with our various workstreams.
Planning for the future
Murihiku Regeneration aims to:
- Develop a long-term regeneration plan that meets our aspirations of the Four Pou: social, cultural, economic and environment (see diagram).
- Develop a whānau-centric model and plan.
As Te Rūnaka o Awarua is the lead rūnanga for the remediation programme at Tiwai Point, it has key input into, and is supported by, several of the pou overseen by Murihiku Regeneration.