Mouri Tūroa is a new initiative that not only creates jobs for uri in our Taiao but that seeks to restore traditional cultural practices around our Taiao and waterways.
He taihono tangata ki tona awa, ki tona whenua, ki tona ora
Che Wilson, Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui Trustee
Mouri Tūroa is a new initiative designed to create nature-based employment opportunities for uri, and restore and reclaim tikanga associated with the ngahere, traditional Kai, customary fishery and Wai Māori.
In this respect, we seek to create a strategic approach to the activities that meet ecological needs but also restores traditional practices and builds capability across our tribal estate.
The approach includes a number of interdependent initiatives being progressed in parallel over the period of this project. The strategic objectives include:
Erosion is widespread in the catchment and the high sediment loads have an adverse impact on water quality and the freshwater biodiversity.
Mouri Tūroa is designed to mitigate soil erosion, improve water quality, and enhance biodiversity within the Whanganui River catchment.
To address these impacts, the programme of activity will consist of five broad workstreams:
A key aspect of the project is connecting whānau and hapū to Te Awa Tupua and the whenua through employment, utilising a workforce that is found at place in the communities where work is to be undertaken.
This framework encompasses all the values of Tupua Te Kawa and it will see the bridging of knowledge and practice across the breadth of Te Awa Tupua to support the restoration, revitalisation and rebuilding of things such as:
Ngā Tāngata Tiaki is seeking expressions from landowners, hapū and marae who live alongside the Whanganui River or its tributaries where their lands bordering these waterways require fencing, riparian planting, weed and pest control.
If your lands require support in these things and you would like to work alongside Ngā Tāngata Tiaki to improve the health and wellbeing of Te Awa Tupua please fill in the Online Expression of Interest form here to submit your interest.
Ngā Tāngata Tiaki is seeking expressions from contractors who live and work within our Whanganui River catchment. The Contractors need to be committed to creating employment opportunities and building the knowledge and skills of those employed.
Ngā Tāngata Tiaki is calling for expressions of interests from contractors who can support us to complete this ambitious four-year programme that includes;
If you are interested in registering your interest, please fill in the Online Expression of Interest form here to submit your interest.
The Whanganui River is the longest navigable river in Aotearoa at 290 km, covering a catchment of 7,380 km².
The iwi within the catchment include Whanganui Iwi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Rereahu, Ngāti Maru, Ngā Rauru Kītahi, Ngā Wairiki Ngāti Apa and Ngāti Ruanui.
Born and raised in rural Raetihi, Gordon Cribb (Ngati Ruru, Ngati Hinekura and Ngati Uenuku) knew the rural manga-iti and manga-nui like the back of his hand growing up.
After working internationally for the past decade, Gordon has returned to Whanganui and taken on the role of Programme Manager for Mouri Tūroa.
If you have any questions about the programme or if you are interested in being involved, please don't hesitate to contact Gordon on MouriTuroa@ngatangatatiaki.co.nz
“Mouri Tūroa is a good initiative to get our people engaged on their whenua, and it will require collaboration, leadership, and a collective hapū and iwi approach.”