Te Tapatoru a Toi
Image: Neil Robert Hutton | ©


This partnership manages the Moutohorā Wildlife Management Reserve and Ōhope and Tauwhare Pā scenic reserves with a bicultural approach.

Manaaki whenua, manaaki tangata, haere whakamua. Care for the land, care for the people, progress into the future.

As part of the Ngāti Awa settlement, the Ngāti Awa Claims Settlement Act 2005 required the Minister of Conservation to delegate certain reserve management powers in order to recognise Ngāti Awa values and relationships with three places:

Subpart 5 of the Act established a joint management committee representing the Crown, Ngāti Awa and the community. This committee, called Te Tapatoru ā Toi, is vested with management responsibilities for Te Tapui Tokotoru (the collective name of the three reserves). The settlement legislation creates strategic management oversight and a number of decision-making functions for Te Tapatoru ā Toi. It has been constituted to provide leadership and direction for the future conservation of Moutohorā, Ōhope and Tauwhare Pā reserves.

The meaning and significance of Te Tapatoru a Toi is that it describes the committee as a unique triangle that is the kaitiaki of taonga within the bounds of the land and sea associated with the ancestor Toi.  

The triangle represents the three iconic articles of the Treaty of Waitangi; Governance, Kaitiakitanga/Ngāti Awatanga and community; the three reserves managed by the committee; Moutohorā, Ohope Scenic Reserve and Tauwhare Pā and the three agencies; the Director General of Conservation, Iwi and Community that nominate the committee members. 

Mā te ngaruru ō te Tāpui Tokotoru ka noho momoho nga taonga tukuiho - taonga koiora hei painga huarahi mō ngā whakatipuranga ō inianei ō ake tonu ake.

The vision of Te Tapatoru ā Toi is that the communities and agencies represented by Te Tapatoru ā Toi cherish the taonga entrusted to them and are working together for the preservation and protection of the natural and cultural values that make them significant, and promotion of these to all New Zealanders.

Moutohorā Wildlife Management Reserve and Ōhope and Tauwhare Pā scenic reserves are managed to protect and enhance their ecological, historical, cultural, recreational and educational values.


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