Napier Port understands that Hawke Bay contains taonga of significant cultural value to local Māori, particularly Pania Reef and Moremore Reserve at Tangoio.
A Cultural Impact Assessment is being undertaken by a local, independent consultant chosen by local hapu, Ngati Pārau and Maungaharuru-Tangitu Trust, and Ngāti Kahungnunu to represent mana kaitiaki. That consultant is being supported by local environmental consultant, Triplefin, which has particular experience with Māori values. The Cultural Impact Assessment’s objectives are to:
In addition to independent advice, Napier Port has been working with local hapu to understand the history and importance of the area to Māori.
Napier Port senior management team were recently invited to take a trip out to Pania Reef on the Te Matau a Māui Voyaging Trust waka. Ngati Pārau hapu member Te Kaha Hawaikirangi is (pictured) telling the team about the history and significance of Pania Reef.