We had a very full week last week, starting with the RHL/RIL directors hui on Monday. Amongst many things, it was agreed to progress the Horton St project to tender and building consent stage when they would review the business case around November. Key policies were discussed, including the distribution policy between RHL/RIL and the Trust. They also discussed an investment strategy to allow financial clarity and a better response to opportunities as these arise.
On Tuesday, Te Tau Ihu iwi chairs met for the Te Waka a Maui hui, hosted by Rangitāne at Ūkaipō. Included in the agenda was a presentation from Tasman District Council on the proposed Waimea dam and reasons why it is required. This is a potentially expensive and controversial project but the economic and population growth in Richmond and Mapua region leaves few other choices. The meeting was very well facilitated by our chairperson Wendy and it was a very successful day.
We met with the NZ Defence Force to discuss ground and water contamination at Woodbourne on Wednesday. They provided a comprehensive and straightforward summary of their findings and risk assessment. This is critical, as we need to understand the risks to progress the first part of the Woodbourne sale.
We had a great day in the Maara Kai yesterday. We planted broccoli, cabbages, cauliflower, lettuce, silverbeet, beetroot, asparagus, garlic and an assortment of fruit trees. I would like to thank Richard Hunter for his direction and thanks also to his wife Andre and their daughter Justine, for their hard work. Andre planted all of the fruit trees along the fence-line, which was not an easy job. I would also like to thank Rick, Rata and the Andrell whānau for an amazing lunch and their mahi. The first 3×3 planting boxes have been claimed however we are building more if any members are interested. Please let the office know if you would like a planting box and if you have any preferences for the next fruit or vegetable planting. Those who came thoroughly enjoyed spending time in the Maara Kai, this will be a regular event supported by the Takahi Whenua team.
Finally, we found out last week that we were successful with our Wave 8 Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu application to support our Language and Culture Strategy. We have also been successful with our Te Mātāwai funding application which will focus on restoring Te Reo Māori in homes and our community. This is great news, we are well resourced financially and we are expecting to achieve some great things for Language and Culture this year.
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