Turning the first sod - Tuesday 18 July 2023
With the support of our village, Ngāti Rangi took the first steps towards constructing the Te Ara Mangawhero.
Lawrence Weller turning the first turf supported by David Kereti. WWII veteran, 98 year old Lawrie wored on the original Bennett & Punch from 1947 to 1960. Today marks the start of the new transport journey for the trail.
Mana whenua working to protect the future.
Ngā Waihua o Paerangi Trust is the iwi authority for Ngāti Rangi, an iwi based on the southern slopes of our tupuna – Koro Ruapehu. As tangata tiaki, the maintenance and improvement in the quality of our air, water and whenua are a mechanism for the management of a sustainable and holistic environment that we strive for as a people.
Ngāti Rangi recognises that our world is changing and for our vision “Kia mura ai te ora o Ngāti Rangi ki tua o te 1,000 tau – Ngāti Rangi continues to vibrantly exist in 1,000 years” to come to fruition, we need to ensure that the health and wellbeing of the environment are at the forefront of all decisions. It is our responsibility to ensure that the quality of our environment is in a better state, but at the very least, no worse than the conditions that exist currently, for future generations. To fulfil these responsibilities, we look for opportunities to be true kaitiaki of our natural world.
Lands within our rohe provide Ngāti Rangi with the perfect environment to achieve positive results and make a difference in the lives of our people and community. As tangata tiaki, Ngā Waihua o Paerangi Trust and Ruapehu WorX will develop, operate and manage Te Ara Mangawhero. This will nurture a strong and maintained connection with our maunga, wai and whenua enabling care and reciprocity for the location while providing employment and growth opportunities for local people.