The area to which this statutory acknowledgement applies is the area known as the Crown-owned area of Titiraupenga, as shown on SO Plan 61525.
Under section 35 of the Pouakani Claims Settlement Act 2000 (clause 3.2.1 of the deed of settlement), the Crown acknowledges the Pouakani people’s statement of the Pouakani people’s cultural, spiritual, historic, and traditional association to the Crown-owned area of Titiraupenga as set out below.
Pouakani people’s association with the Crown-owned area of Titiraupenga
|TĒNEI TAKU MANU|
|KA EKE KI TE TAUMATA|
|O TŌKU MAUNGA TAPU TITIRAUPENGA|
|TITIRO ARORANGI ATU|
|KI A PUREORA E TU MAI RĀ|
|KEI RARO RĀ|
|KO TE HORA-ARUHE|
|KI TE POU-A-KANI|
|TIHEI MAURI ORA|
|THAT SOARS TO THE SUMMITS|
|OF MY SACRED MOUNTAIN TITIRAUPENGA|
|PUREORA THAT STANDS MAJESTIC|
|THE ANCESTRAL GARDENS AND THE CELESTIAL|
|DECLARATION OF |
“MINE” (TE POU A KANI)
|TIHEI MAURI ORA|
Titiraupenga and Pureora journeyed long and far to find others of their kind. Despite horrendous adversity they struggled on until eventually upon the desolate plain of despair they resolved to meet their end together and embraced for one last time. Ranginui, sky father, was so moved by the strength of their spirit and love that he turned them to stone granting them immortality to serve as symbols of good. Their
“family” are dotted throughout the continents and oceans of this world.
Later Tarapikau, the guardian and traveller of mountain trails, who resides in many places of Aotearoa, used to rest on the sacred peak of Titiraupenga to greet the first light of the new day as he could survey the vast interior while gathering the warmth of the sun’s first rays.
The Patupaearehe or fairy people’s laughter can still be heard in the swift running streams of Titiraupenga Maunga. They are the caretakers of the native flora and always ensure that the streams run free. Shy yet playful, they embody the spirit of the child and are part of the story of the Titiraupenga Mountain.
Te Ririo, younger brother of Takaka, is a forest guardian also associated with Titiraupenga. He tolerated no disrespect and to anger him was to invite misfortune or even death. He was left offerings of food by only the most highly born individuals such as Te Tuiri and Te Heu Heu.
Kupe, the great explorer/navigator, and his descendants were the first to explore the interior of the North Island following their discovery of Aotearoa and they settled in the areas that afforded the best conditions for survival. The Kahupungapunga people settled on Titiraupenga and the surrounding lands. Food was plentiful as the great forests of the region abounded with large flocks of Kereru and other bird life. The streams and forests provided the food, medicinal and other needs of these people of the land.
In more recent times Tia, an ancestor of renown to people of the Arawa canoe, named many natural features as he journeyed through the central North Island. He eventually settled on the northern slopes of Titiraupenga with the tangata whenua and is very highly regarded as the tipuna of the Pouakani people. Upon his death he was interred near the peak of the mountain.
The tipuna Te Wano is also associated with Titiraupenga. Nearing the time of his passing he asked his relatives of Tokaanu to carry him up the slopes of Titiraupenga to gaze for one last time at the lands of his people, Ngati Apakura. He died and was buried on Titiraupenga. The settlements of Kaiwha, Pukerimu, Huiarau and Marae Totara were just some of the settlements on the slopes of Titiraupenga. Trails from the four points of the compass met and connected these places with people of other areas who traded many commodities. Greenstone journeyed along one such sacred trail and was sometimes left in the shallows of a sacred Titiraupenga stream before continuing on. In times of trouble, gongs were sounded at certain places along these trails to announce impending arrivals.
Titiraupenga and Pureora stand today as they always have, ancient sentinels in the stream of time, who have worn the cloak of Tane (the native forest) with the ageless dignity of the Tuakana that they are.
|MA TE MEA NGARO|
|TATAU E TIAKI MANAKI|
|NA TO KOUTOU MOKAI TAMAITI|
|LET THE DIVINE ONE|
|PROTECT AND GUIDE US ALL|
|FROM YOUR MOKAI – TAMAITI|
Purposes of statutory acknowledgment
Under section 36 of the Pouakani Claims Settlement Act 2000 (clause 3.2.5 of the deed of settlement), and without limiting the rest of this schedule, the only purposes of this statutory acknowledgement are—
(b) to require that consent authorities, the Historic Places Trust, and the Environment Court have regard to this statutory acknowledgement in relation to the Crown-owned area of Titiraupenga, as provided in sections 38 to 40 of the Pouakani Claims Settlement Act 2000 (clause 3.2.3 of the deed of settlement); and
(c) to enable the Pouakani governance entity and any member of the Pouakani people to cite this statutory acknowledgement as evidence of the association of the Pouakani people to the Crown-owned area of Titiraupenga, as provided in section 41 of the Pouakani Claims Settlement Act 2000 (clause 3.2.4 of the deed of settlement).
Limitations on effect of statutory acknowledgement
Except as expressly provided in sections 36 and 38 to 41 of the Pouakani Claims Settlement Act 2000 (clauses 3.2.3 to 3.2.5 of the deed of settlement),—
(a) this statutory acknowledgement does not affect, and is not to be taken into account in, the exercise of a power, duty, or function by a person or entity under a statute, regulation, or bylaw; and
(b) without limiting paragraph (a), no person or entity, in considering a matter or making a decision or recommendation under a statute, regulation, or bylaw, may give greater or lesser weight to the Pouakani people’s association with the Crown-owned area of Titiraupenga (as described in this statutory acknowledgement) than that person or entity would give under the relevant statute, regulation, or bylaw if no statutory acknowledgement existed in respect of the Crown-owned area of Titiraupenga.
Except as expressly provided in the Pouakani Claims Settlement Act 2000, this statutory acknowledgement does not affect the lawful rights or interests of a person who is not a party to the deed of settlement.
Except as expressly provided in the Pouakani Claims Settlement Act 2000, this statutory acknowledgement does not have the effect of granting, creating, or providing evidence of an estate or interest in, or any rights of any kind whatsoever relating to, the Crown-owned area of Titiraupenga.
This statutory acknowledgement does not preclude the Crown from providing a statutory acknowledgement in respect of the Crown-owned area of Titiraupenga to persons other than the Pouakani people.