The Kā Tū Te Taniwha – Ka Ora Te Tangata Programme


The Kā Tū Te Taniwha – Ka Ora Te Tangata Programme is a collaborative project between Ngāti Rangiwewehi, GNS Science and Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC). The programme is co-funded by the project collaborators and the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment through the Vision Mātauranga Connect Scheme.

The programme started in November 2014 and runs until November 2016. The two primary objectives of the Ka Tu Te Taniwha Programme are to combine:

  • to combine technical, scientific and Mātauranga-a-iwi information for the Awahou groundwater catchment into an integrated data repository and knowledge resource;
  • and to allow Ngāti Rangiwewehi to incorporate traditional knowledge and understanding of cultural significance to inform and plan for future freshwater development in the Awahou catchment.

In order to achieve the programme objectives, the following four project tasks were developed:

  • document the ownership, resource consenting and land use history of the Awahou catchment;
  • compile a scientific repository that includes scientific data and reports relevant to the Awahou groundwater catchment and springs;
  • compile Mātauranga-a-iwi information including traditional and cultural knowledge about the puna from tangata whenua; and
  • integrate historical planning, mātauranga, and scientific data to create a tool for informing future decision making.

Various outputs will be produced for each of these tasks, and this report has specifically been developed in response to Task 2, compile a scientific repository. In this report, a range of scientific data and information relating to the Lake Rotorua catchment, Awahou catchment, and Taniwha Springs are compiled. Key information includes geological and hydrogeological descriptions of the region, identification of the catchment boundaries, results of surface water and groundwater monitoring including hydrochemistry, flow rates and age approximation. Scientific datasets compiled in this report were obtained from BOPRC, Rotorua Lakes Council (RLC) (formerly Rotorua District Council (RDC)), GNS Science, and Ngāti Rangiwewehi. In addition, a literature search was completed to identify published information relating to the Awahou catchment. The results of the database and literature searches are presented in the body of this report, and all datasets are presented in the appendices. It is intended that all datasets will subsequently be uploaded into a web-based portal that is being developed as part of the Knowledge Integration component of the programme (Task 4).

Scientific and matauranga-a-iwi Information collated from the Awahou Catchment has been presented in project reports. This information will be uploaded and presented on this online portal to be freely accessible by the project collaborators.