Engaging with communities in the far south

Early last week, Minister for Māori Development Tama Potaka visited Te Waipounamu to meet with local whānau, hapū and iwi as part of a range of engagements across the motu.

Published: Monday, 18 March 2024 | Rāhina, 18 Poutūterangi, 2024

On March 11, Minister for Māori Development Tama Potaka travelled to Te Waipounamu to meet with local whānau, hapū and iwi.

Minister Potaka spent time with representatives from Ngāi Tahu and local rūnanga from across the south, as well as business owners and tourism operators to talk about issues affecting the South Island.

While in Bluff, Minister Potaka visited Ocean Beach (pictured to the right). It is a commercial site that has a blend of Industrial, Aquaculture, Seafood and Tourism industry tenants on site.

Manāki Whitebait is located at Ocean Beach and is owned by Ngāti Tahu and Ngāti Whaoa Group Holdings. Manāki Whitebait is the world’s first sustainably produced fresh whitebait.  

Minister Potaka also visited Murihiku and took the opportunity to meet with the local community including iwi representatives and business owners. The Minister stopped in at Te Tapu o Tane, an iwi owned and operated charitable conservation organisation. The Minister is pictured below at the native seedling kohanga.     

This haerenga to Te Waipounamu follows recent engagements in Te Tai Hauauru in January, and Te Taitokerau in February.   

Manāki Whitebait in Bluff.

Te Tapu o Tāne.

The native seedline kohanga at Te Tapu o Tāne, Murihiku.