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Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga and Te Taumutu Rūnanga presented a Sites and Areas of Cultural Significance report to Council for their consideration when drafting new planning provisions for the new District Plan. The Council’s District Plan Committee endorsed the report which will form the basis for further development of draft changes to the current District Plan. Key recommendations from the report include:
2. Wāhi tapu and wāhi taonga: sites and places that are culturally and spiritually significant to mana whenua history and identity. It would include the following subcategories:
- Silent files: a tool to protect culturally significant sites as it provides a general location of the site, but does not identify the exact site.
- Maunga Tapu/Tūpuna: mountains which are considered to be the most sacred part of a landscape.
- Key Pā/Kāinga/Mahinga Kai sites: several ancestral pa, kainga and significant nohoanga within the district.
- Nga Puna: springs which are tapu (sacred).
3. Ngā Tūranga Tūpuna: refers to larger extents of land within which there is a concentration and broader range of culturally significant sites. It would include: Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere, its margins and associated wetlands; Rakaia River and Taumutu.
4. Ngā Wai: represents water. It would include selected waterbodies and their margins:
- Ngā Awa: major rivers and their tributaries within the district.
- Ngā Roto: lakes within the district.
- Ngā Hāpua: lagoons within the district.
- Ngā Repo: wetlands within the district.
Consultation has concluded