The Hokonui Rūnanga Kaupapa Taiao programme was formally established in 2020, building on previous environmental work undertaken by Rewi Anglem and his team. The purpose of the programme is to ensure that the Hokonui Rūnanga increases capacity to exercise kaitiakitanga and rangatiratanga across the takiwā of the Hokonui Rūnanga with a focus on Mātauranga Māori and a management approach aligned with the principal of ki uta ki tai (mountains to the sea).
Ko aku waka whakairo ko Takitimu, ko Uruao
Kei runga ko Ōparure
Kei raro ko Mataura e rere ki te moana o te Ara a Kiwa
Ko Māruawai taku whenua taurikura e takoto nei
Takoto mai ko Matamata, te mōkai tapu o Rakitauneke,
Ko Te Au-nui Pihapiha Kanakana te rere
Ko Hoka-nui, Kowhaka-ruru, Tarahau-kapiti ngā puke
Ko Tūtemakohu raua ko Te Rakitauneke ngā tīpuna
Tū mai ko Ō Te Ika Rama, te whakaruruhau o te mano
Tēnei te reo o Waitaha, Ngāti Mamoe, Ngāti Kurī,
Ngāi Tahu ngā iwi
Kia taurikura ai. Kia haumako ai ko te taiao mo te apōpō
Let the land be prosperous and fertile for future generations
To enhance the mana of te ao tūroa.
To sustainable support the growth of Hokonui Rūnanga Kaupapa Taiao by enhancing self determination to manage, restore, and provide for te ao tūroa (the natural world).
To develop leaders and connect ngā tangata to the whenua through teaching and knowledge sharing as kaitiaki.
To uphold the mana and rangatiratanga of e taiao in the realm of Rakinui and Papatuānuku.