QLDC commissioned Aukaha to prepare a cultural values statement on behalf of Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki, Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou and Hokonui Rūnanga & Te Rūnanga o Awarua, Hokonui Rūnanga, Ōraka/Aparima Rūnanga and Waihōpai Rūnanga. This document is a tremendous resource for information about ara tāwhito (traditional travel routes), wāhi mahika kai (areas traditionally significant for food gathering), pakiwaitara (legends) of tipua (strange beings) and taniwha, tikaka (customs and protocols) and many past happenings.
To ensure that tangata whenua values are recognised and provided for in management of freshwater in the catchment, the Community Catchment Plan includes the following objectives:
Satisfactory and sustainable harvest of mahika kai species
Improvement and maintenance of ease of access to all waterways
Connection to places of spiritual meaning
Maintenance of excellence in all aspects of water management