Te pou o te whakatupua
Te pou o te whakatawhito
Te pou o Ranginui e tū nei!
The celestial post
The ancient post
The pillar of universal order!
Te Pou Tupua is the face and voice of Te Awa Tupua and will uphold Tupua te Kawa.
Te Awa Tupua as a legal person requires a human agent that can take steps to act on behalf and in the name of Te Awa Tupua to uphold its status and protect its health and wellbeing.
The settlement establishes the position of Te Pou Tupua to perform this role and act as the human face of Te Awa Tupua.
Te Pou Tupua is a single role, held by two persons. The appointment is made jointly by both the iwi with interests in the Whanganui River (including Whanganui Iwi) and by the Crown, symbolising not only the Treaty partnership between Iwi and the Crown, but also the Crown’s ongoing responsibility to uphold Te Awa Tupua.
The functions of Te Pou Tupua include:
Te Pou Tupua are required to act in the interests of Te Awa Tupua, consistently with Tupua te Kawa, and for no other purpose.
The role of Te Pou Tupua is to represent and advocate for the interests of the River, not represent its appointors. However, Te Pou Tupua are also be required to recognise the inalienable interconnection between the iwi and hapū of the Whanganui River and Te Awa Tupua. As such Te Pou Tupua must develop appropriate mechanisms for engaging with and reporting to the iwi and hapū of the River on matters relating to Te Awa Tupua.
Te Pou Tupua are supported by Te Karewao, an advisory committee comprising three members - one appointed by Whanganui Iwi, one appointed by other iwi with interests in the Whanganui River and one appointed by local authorities. An additional person may also be appointed to Te Karewao from the iwi and hapū with interests in a particular part of the Whanganui River when Te Pou Tupua requires advice in relation to a matter affecting a discrete part of the River.
The role of Te Karewao is to advise and support Te Pou Tupua in the exercise of its functions. Te Pou Tupua may also delegate functions to Te Karewao.
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