Nau mai haere mai e te whānau!
Let’s talk MACA

Muaūpoko whānau are invited to join a hui to hear about the preparations tor the High Court hearing of MACA (Marine and Coastal Act) applications between Whareroa (south of Kapiti Island) to the Rangitīkei River mouth, which begins on 6 May 2024.

When and Where?
10am – 12pm, Saturday 24 February 2024 Kohuturoa Marae (followed by lunch)
10am – 12pm, Saturday 23 March 2024 Kohuturoa Marae (followed by lunch)

What is MACA?
The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 (MACA Act) restores the right of iwi, hapu and whānau to have our customary rights recognised in specific parts of the Common Marine and Coastal Area (CMCA), through “Customary Marine Titles” (CMTs) and “Protected Customary Rights” (PCRs).

Customary Marine Title gives effective control over activities in the foreshore and seabed of the applications areas granted. Apart from fishing (which is already dealt with in the fisheries settlement) and excludes ordinary public uses. So any new structures such as marine farms, wind turbines etc would require consent before they could proceed.

Protected Customary Rights prevents any interference in particular uses at particular places such as:
• Traditional fishing which is not part of the 1992 Fisheries Act settlement
• Gathering traditional resources eg driftwood, sand, rocks, shell, art materials, indigenous plants and shells, firewood
• Kaitaikitanga activities (incl planting, monitoring, rubbish collection)
• Gathering for rongoā purposes, wānanga, hui, tangihanga, burying of whenua
• Launching of boats and waka

MTA have lodged an application under this act for Muaupoko Iwi, hapu, whanau for the coastline between Whareroa (south of Kapiti Island) to the Rangitīkei River mouth.

We have also made an application for the coastline South of Kapiti through to Wellington harbour, to cover the full traditional and historic area of significance to Muaūpoko. That application will be heard by the Courts on a separate hearings schedule and we will hold additional hui for this.

Purpose of the hui
We want to hear from our whānau, hapu and members about the current management of activities on the coast and future management if Customary Marine Title (CMT or Protected
Customary Right (PCR) orders are issued that allow Muaūpoko to control future activities on this coast, either on our own or in cooperation with other Iwi and applicants – we also want to enable a time for whanau to come along and find out more about MACA and be able to ask whatever questions they may have and we want to hear your insights and thinking.

Please register your attendance by calling the MTA whare on 06 367 3311
or by emailing

Nga mihi nui – see you there
MTA Board and Kaimahi whanau