Co-management of the Manawatū river

Tanenuirangi Manawatū Inc is keen to initiate research on “how to bring the concept of co-management into action”.

"Aim: The focus of our research would be working towards achieving a co-governance and co-management role over the Manawatū River with Horizons the regional managers of land and water resources, as we work move closer the resolution of ROM Treaty of Waitangi claims and potential waterway ownership.  We see that there is a need to identify an appropriate approach to balance the statutory obligations of the Regional Councils and ROM mana whenua rights and responsibilities while balancing the needs of the wider community.

Method: (1) A review of current literature on co-management alternatives for freshwater management will be undertaken. From this review a framework and recommendations for ROM co-management of the Manawatū River will be developed.  (2) The Mediated Model developed in the IFS workshops will be scaled down for the Oroua sub-catchment. The objective is to use this scaled down model to: (a) test how well the Mediated Model is suited as an iwi management tool; (b) use the model to explore co-management scenarios to evaluate how useful a tool it is for ROM."

The Rangitaane o Manawatū River Co-management Research Plan
Project Update June 2012

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