Kaupapa: Treaty Settlements

Te Arawa River Trust awaiting results of SFO investigation

Mere McLean
  • Waikato/Te Waiariki

Ko tā Eugene Berryman-Kamp, tumu whakarae o te pōari awa o Te Arawa i mau tonu rātou ki to rātou mana, ahakoa te whakatewhatewha a te tari hara taware ki runga i te heamana, kaitiaki o te pōari a Roger Pikia. Kei te pōari awa o Te Arawa te mahi nui ki te whakaora i te kaupane o te awa o Waikato.

Engari atu i te tau tekau mā ono kua noho rātou ki raro i te rama o te Tari Hara Taware. Ki tā Berryman-Kamp “He matekiri, he takeo engari ka haere tonu ngā mahi engari ka pai ake i te wā ka tatu tēnei kaupapa, ā, ka puta mai ngā whakatau”. While the Trust can't comment on the investigation Berryman-Kamp says the trust has provided information to the SFO since December 2016. “Once we received a summary of the allegation initiative internal processes including a forensic audited with KPMG who are our usual auditors to look into the allegation”.

As part of its 2010 Treaty settlement, the trust receives $1 million dollars a year for 20 years through the Ministry for the Environment to care for the Waikato River. “Kua rere ngā whakatewhatewha ki roto i a mātou tonu, ā, e tatari ana mātou ki ngā whakataunga mai i te Tari Hara Taware engari ko te kōrero matua ki te iwi ka haere tonu a mātou mahi whakaora i te awa” ki tā Berryman-Kamp. Ko te kaitiaki te mana whakahaere ma ngā iwi e toru no Te Arawa e noho ana ki roto i te awa o Waikato ara ko Ngāti Tahu-Ngāti Whaoa, Ngāti Kearoa-Ngāti Tuarā me Tuhourangi-Ngāti Wāhiao