He pā kaha kua hangaia kia toitū ahakoa ngā waipuke o te ngahuru, o te makariri me te kōanga
The broad eel weir built to withstand the autumn, winter and spring floods
The name of the Te Awa Tupua framework symbolises an extensive, well-constructed framework for Te Awa Tupua that is fit for purpose, enduring and the responsibility of all.
Te Pā Auroa - The Broad Eel Weir
For more than 100 years the laws, regulations and actions of the Crown have broken the Whanganui River down into parts:
The Te Awa Tupua framework seeks to take a catchment-wide approach to ensure that all of the waterways which together join to form the Whanganui River are viewed and managed, not in isolation, but with reference to the whole River as an interconnected ecosystem. This makes sense not only in environmental terms, but also in cultural terms.
To Whanganui Iwi however the Whanganui River is viewed as a living being, Te Awa Tupua; an indivisible whole incorporating its tributaries and all its physical and metaphysical elements from the mountains to the sea. The health and wellbeing of one element of the River is intrinsically connected to the health and wellbeing of the whole River, its mouri and its mana.
The enduring concept of Te Awa Tupua - the inseparability of the people and River - underpins the desire of Whanganui Iwi to care for, protect, manage and use the Whanganui River through the kawa and tikanga maintained by our tūpuna and their descendants.
The new Te Awa Tupua framework is called Te Pā Auroa nā Te Awa Tupua (the Broad Eel Weir), symbolising an extensive, well-constructed framework for Te Awa Tupua that is fit for purpose, enduring and the responsibility of all.
Te Pā Auroa nā Te Awa Tupua contains the following seven key elements: