Project Tāwhaki - A unique partnership for Kaitōrete

Published: 01 June 2021

Rejuvenating the environment, honouring deep cultural and historical links and building sustainable economic opportunities are the goals of Project Tāwhaki, a unique commercial partnership between Te Taumutu Rūnanga and Wairewa Rūnanga and the Crown.

Project Tāwhaki will see the purchase of a 1,000ha property on the Kaitōrete Spit to:

  • Protect and rejuvenate the Kaitōrete environment, an area of significant cultural importance to the Rūnanga and home to numerous threatened and locally endemic plant, invertebrate, birds, and reptile species, with internationally-recognised ecological value.
  • Develop aerospace activities and R&D facilities that have the potential to generate significant and sustainable economic opportunities through job creation, capital investment and adjacent sectors serving the aerospace economy.

The Crown is represented by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and the Department of Conservation. Kaitōrete Limited is the joint venture partner, representing Te Taumutu Rūnanga and Wairewa Rūnanga. 

Conservation protection and rejuvenation work will commence immediately. The partnership will work closely with Rūnanga members, the Department of Conservation, Forest and Bird and others. Environmental rehabilitation work will also get underway almost immediately, with the current land owner beginning fencing work, limiting farming on certain parts of the land, and starting to plant 5,000 native plants specifically from the area.

Over the next three years, the Crown and Rūnanga will develop the plans for further development and work with the aerospace sector in New Zealand and internationally on what the facilities should look like.

Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri a muri ake nei – for us and our children after us

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