Understanding the Bay's cultural significance

Napier Port understands that Hawke Bay contains taonga of significant cultural value to local Māori, particularly Pania Reef and Moremore Reserve at Tangoio.

At the start of the project, Napier Port identified local Māori as key stakeholders in the project and set about identifying which hapū groups it needed to work with.

With help from Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, Napier Port staff held kanohi ki te kanohi hui (face-to-face meetings) with a number of hapū representatives.

Ngati Pārau, Maungaharuru-Tangitū Trust and Mana Ahuriri Trust were identified as key stakeholders. Ngati Pārau, which whakapapa back to Pania (of the reef) was recommended as the key facilitator for a Cultural Impact Assessment.

Napier Port commenced working directly with all three groups, as well as presenting to other Māori organisations. As the project progressed, the key hapū groups were kept fully informed and had access to relevant studies as they were completed, to help inform their views. The Cultural Impact Assessment is included in the studies forming part of the applications.

The Cultural Impact Assessment’s objectives are to:

In addition to independent advice, Napier Port has been working with local hapū to understand the history and importance of the area to Māori. 


Napier Port senior management team taking a trip out to Pania Reef on the Te Matau a Māui Voyaging Trust waka. Ngati Pārau hapū member Te Kaha Hawaikirangi is (pictured) telling the team about the history and significance of Pania Reef.