Treaty Settlements

Settled iwi groups

Currently there are four iwi in the region that have settled their claims. These are Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi, Ngāti Apa (North Island), Rangitāne o Manawatū and Rangitāne o Tamaki-nui-ā-Rua (joint settlement with Rangitāne o Wairarapa). Te Awa Tupua (The Whanganui River Claims Settlement) was a claim made by Whanganui Iwi  specfically for the river. Ngāti Toa Rangatira reside within the Greater Wellington Regional Council area however have interests within the Horizons region.

Te Kōpuka nā Te Awa Tupua - Strategy Group for Te Awa Tupua

Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Act 2017 established a unique legal framework; a special feature being the recognition of Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River) as a legal person with rights, powers, duties and liabilities. It recognises that Te Awa Tupua is a singular entity comprised of many elements and communities. The collective interest and responsibilities of those communities has been acknowledged through their inclusion into Te Kōpuka.  Te Kōpuka is a strategy group that is charged with advancing the environmental, social, cultural and economic health and wellbeing of Te Awa Tupua through developing a river management strategy. There are up to 17 members appointed by iwi, agencies, and other communities with interests in Te Awa Tupua. 

Horizons Regional Council is seeking people to represent the following communities:

  • One member to represent environmental and conservation interests,
  • One member to represent tourism interest,
  • One member to represent recreational interests, and
  • One member to represent the primary sector.
Horizons is seeking applications from people interested in representing these communities within Te Kōpuka. These roles will suit individuals that are self motivated, operate well within their own community, and can work collaboratively with others in a considerate manner.

If you'd like to chat further, or apply for one of the roles above please contact Jerald Twomey on 0508 800 800 or at .

Applications close on 24 November 2017.  

Te Kōpuka Job Description


Tupua te Kawa


Ruruku Whakatupua - Te Mana o Te Awa Tupua


Ruruku Whakatapu - Te Mana o Te Iwi o Whanganui