Mana Whenua

Unique and Longstanding in the Aoraki Region

As the earliest settlers in this region, the people of Arowhenua created sites that now hold national cultural significance, including ancient Pā, trails and rock art. Iwi leaders across the island acknowledge the long-standing and ancient connection with the land that the Arowhenua people represent, through rich cultural knowledge of and a strongly maintained relationship with their region’s natural resources. 

Our role as mana whenua includes a guardianship responsibility for nationally significant natural resources including Aoraki National Park, the unique lake areas of Tekapo, Pukaki, Hawea, Wanaka and the stunning natural features of the Waitaki River and valley. 

As the principle marae and traditional and contemporary Māori settlement in the region, Arowhenua is acknowledged by the wider community as being the primary partner in representing mana whenua interests and cultural views across the broad spectrum of wider community activities.