Many iwi have around two cultural monitors. Waitaha is fortunate to have six monitors to call on. The work of the cultural monitor involves many hours spent on their feet in all weather following construction machinery in the case of accidental discoveries. Discoveries may include unearthing taonga, gardens, pits, and so on. Their role is crucial to ensuring protocols, tikanga and Waitaha interests are managed correctly if such an occasion occurs on site.
The Trust role is to manage the contracts and co-ordination of Waitaha monitors. The monitors on behalf of Waitaha are;
- Whareoteriri Rahiri
- Raymond Kapene
- Aroha Ririnui
- Willie Wihapi
- Ngarohaere Whare
- Wharekonehu Te Moni
Monitoring has been on the Waiari pipeline, and multi housing developments in Papamoa. We acknowledge the importance of their mahi for the iwi, and are hugely grateful we have them to call on.