Cultural Heritage

Descendants of Ngāi Tūāhuriri (along with other Ngai Tahu whanui) have resided in the area now known as Waimakariri District for over 40 generations. This rich Ngāi Tahu history and tribal authority is underpinned by spiritual and whakapapa connections, occupation, land, resource use and management thereof.


The territorial area governed by Waimakariri District Council sits within the takiwā (territory) Ngāi Tūāhuriri which is one of eighteen Ngāi Tahu regional papatipu rūnanga, constituted under the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Act 1996 to represent mana whenua interests.

The approved tribal leaders and members of Ngāi Tūāhuriri are acknowledged as knowledge holders of matauranga mana whenua.

Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga and the Waimakariri District Council entered into a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") in December 2003 which was renewed in December 2012 with the goal of "providing formal understanding and operational implementation of the sustainable management of resources for the benefit and environmental, social, cultural and economic well-being of the community, both now and in the future".

Mahaanui Kurataiao is the charitable environmental company owned by Ngāi Tūāhuriri and five other papatipu rūnanga who operate in the wider Canterbury area. Mahaanui Kurataiao advocates for the environmental interests of papatipu rūnanga, which includes providing services to third parties who wish to engage with rūnanga on environmental issues.

Waimakariri District Council and Mahaanui Kurataiao have been in a long term relationship and have entered into various service arrangements since 2009.