Coromandel Kaitiaki Network

 Ko ngā rongoā Māori o te whenua paitini kore rawa atu! 

The indigenous (maori)/ curative substances (ngaa rongoaa)/ of land (o te whenua)/ totally and forever (rawa atu)/ free of poison (paitini kore).

 Whenua Rongoa is inspired by the practices of K.E.A. Kuaotunu Environment Action group. KEA has a network of landowners supporting each other in trapping and kiwi protection, without the use of poisons.

If you are protecting the medicinal properties of the plants on your land, you are protecting the whole ecosystem. You are protecting the highest standards of purity, te mauri o te whenua, the life-force of the land. So Rongoa Whenua refers to the environmental standard of safe plant medicines and safe food for the people.

Hunting for food and gathering of plant materials for medicine need safe, un-poisoned, pure environments. Like “100% Pure”, except it’s the real thing!

Whenua Rongoa landowners aim to create and support thriving, healthy ecosystems. Any culling of species to manage smother species, will be done humanely without the use of poisons. We want to support each other in practicing compassionate conservation not chemical, inhumane conservation methods. We aim to be the guardians and caretakers of land that has a biota which can be used safely for medicinal purposes,(requiring the highest standard of environmental purity).

In advocating poison-free land management practices, we are doing what is already enshrined in NZ legislation: the Purpose of the Resource Management Act is to enhance the quality of air, soil, water and ecosytems. ( Resource Management Act.Section 5)

We aim to support each other by setting up a network to share our knowledge, skills and experience.

Submission from Manu Waiata Restoration & Protection Society to the Coromandel Catchment Committee

Meeting 16 November 2018 at Whiritoa

In 2015, Manu Waiata made a submission to the Waikato Regional Council Long Term Plan that stated,

Where communities have demonstrated opposition to the use of aerial poisoning for predator control, Council will support alternative means.

Coromandel Colville Community Board has resolutions passed in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2017 opposing use of 1080 and similar residual poisons, and supporting hunting and trapping with cyanide only.

Thames Coromandel District Council passed supporting resolutions in 2009 and 2018.

In May 2017, a full page OPEN LETTER published in the Hauraki Herald and the Mercury Bay Informer was signed by kaumatua, iwi trust representatives, community groups and general public, stating “DOC does not have a social licence to carry out aerial poisoning over Moehau and surrounding forests…. We call for a halt to the proposed 1080 drops over Coromandel forests this winter.”

The Resource Management Act s5 (and likewise the Hazardous Substances Act s5) creates a legal (fiduciary) duty of managers to enable communities to manage their own environments for their own well being:

HSNO s5. Principles relevant to purpose of Act

All persons exercising functions, powers, and duties under this Act shall, to achieve the purpose of this Act, recognise and provide for the following principles:

(b) the maintenance and enhancement of the capacity of people and communities to provide for their own economic, social, and cultural well-being and for the reasonably foreseeable needs of future generations.

RMA s5 Purpose

(2) In this Act, “sustainable management means managing the use, devleopment, and protection of natural and phyusical resurces in a way, or at a rate which enable people and commiunities to provide for their social, economic, and cultural well being and for their health and safety….

Section 5 means that Council is entrusted with a fiduciary duty (legal obligation ) to ensure that the Coromandel community has the capacity to practice the predator control of its choice to protect its health and well being.

Coromandel communities do not want our hunting and recreational environment poisoned. Our health is put at risk. The pig hunting clubs dare not eat wild pig meat from the forests that have been poisoned.

The Acts carry greater legal weight than DoC and the Minister of Conservation. Council in its role of local government, should be carrying out its fiduciary duty to protect the interests of its communities.

SUBMISSION: THAT the Regional Council passes a resolution stating:

“Where communities have demonstrated opposition to the use of aerial poisoning for predator control, Council will support alternative means”.

Our local government resolutions do not carry adequate weight unless Regional council supports them.

Thank you.

Manu Waiata Restoration & Protection Society

Wendy Pond, Secretary

Registered Office: 2225 Wyuna Bay Road

Coromandel 3581. Ph 866 8581

15 November 2018