As a Crown agency, Waka Kotahi is committed to partnership under Te Tiriti o Waitangi – The Treaty of Waitangi. We have a responsibility to collaborate with mana whenua when designing and delivering major projects.
We believe that partnership creates mutual benefit. Understanding mana whenua aspirations and concerns will help us to deliver a better project overall.
We have established a steering group, made up of members from Waka Kotahi, Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika and Ngāti Toa Rangatira, so that we can work in partnership and lead a number of different initiatives within the project that are important to both mana whenua and Waka Kotahi.
There are sites of significance to mana whenua along the coastline and at either end of the Ngauranga to Petone project area, including Honiana Te Puni reserve, which is owned by Taranaki Whānui, and historic Pā sites at Ngā Ūranga and Pito-One.