12 Jul 2013

Te Arawa to meet officials over mineral exploration

9:11 pm on 12 July 2013

Te Arawa has secured a meeting with New Zealand Petroleum and Mineral officials to discuss tendering out permits for mineral exploration within its rohe, or tribal district.

Earlier in the year, the branch of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment contacted 97 iwi, hapu and councils in the Taupo volcanic zone.

That includes Tokoroa and part of the Taupo and Rotorua districts.

Te Arawa missed the board's deadline at the end of May to have a say.

But the deputy chairperson of Te Arawa Federation of Maori Authorities, Te Taru White, said it lobbied officials to arrange a time to sit down and talk about the proposal.

Mr White commends NZ Petroleum and Minerals, saying the hui-a-iwi gives the tribe a chance to find out more about the proposal.

He says Te Arawa descendants want to make sure their tribal lands, forests and waterways won't be polluted, as well as finding out about the benefits of exploration and the impact it will have on iwi.

Mr White says the tribe has many questions it wants answered.

The hui-a-iwi starts at Tamatekapua Marae in Rotorua at 10am on Saturday.