Ngāti Toa Rangatira has placed a two-week rāhui on Te Awarua o Porirua in an effort to ensure the health and wellbeing
of the entire community.
Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira CEO, Helmut Modlik says that the iwi is dissappointed that two sewerage spill incidents
occured in the Porirua harbour as a result of long term failure to invest in water infrastructure in the Porirua region.
“Our local infrastructure is clearly aged, overburdened and unable to meet current demands, let alone the future growth
in our rohe,” Helmut said.
“Urgent investment must be made now to ensure the community’s wellbeing. Ngāti Toa have urged our partners at the
Porirua City Council and Wellington Water to act with haste and at scale .”
“Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira supports the Government’s decision to establish the Three Waters Reform Programme and has
high expectations that the reform will maximise investment and water infrastructure improvements for our community.”
Over the weekend of 17 - 18 July, stormwater pipes in the Porirua region were placed under pressure due to significant
rainfall causing a rising main (sewerage) pipe near SH1 in Paremata to burst, spilling sewerage into Te Awarua o Porirua
Wellington Water reinstated the decommissioned cross-harbour rising main to address the issue. However, the
cross-harbour rising main also failed and began spilling sewerage directly into Te Awarua o Porirua at another location
Ngāti Toa held a karakia near the Tītahi Bay Boating Club on Saturday 24 July to mark the commencement of the rāhui, and
were joined by representatives from the community and Wellington Water and the Porirua City Council.
“Laying a rāhui means putting a total ban on a resource. This means that swimming, fishing, diving, taking shellfish,
boating or any other ‘on-or-in-sea’ activity within the harbour is prohibited.”
“Caring for our moana is not just a job to us, its our responsibility as kaitiaki for our future generations. We call on
the entire community to commit to our rāhui to not only protect the health and wellbeing of our community, but also to
give our moana some reprieve and an opportunity to heal itself.”
The rāhui covers the whole of Te Awarua o Porirua (Porirua Harbour), extending out to the reef and the coastline from
Rewarewa to Boom Rock. It is scheduled to be lifted on Saturday 7 August 2021 but is dependent on improvements in the
health of the moana.