Te Wao Nui a Tane is a cooperative network of landowners, businesses and other local stakeholders interested in supporting manuka and Kanuka industries on the East Coast.

The network is working closely with scientists and Manuka oil and honey producers in Tairawhiti to support the development of unique Manuka and Kanuka varieties for oil, tea, honey and erosion control within Ngati Porou and Te Whanau-a-Apanui.

At present the development of the network is being coordinated by Tui Warmenhoven, Pia Pohatu, Karen Te Kani and Manu Caddie.

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Vision Statement 

Iwi, hapu, tangata whenua of TeTairawhiti unite to establish a Coalition of significance and influence to create mutual benefits for a prosperous and secure future from Mānuka and other species indigenous to the rohe. Become a multi-million dollar Māori enterprise through strategic partnerships with key agencies and industry stakeholders who are engaged and supportive of Te Wao Nui a Tane. Lead indigenous peoples of the world by example. 


Mission Statement 

Reclaim Mana Whenua, retain Mana Motuhake (decision making control) of the whenua as Kaitiakitanga (guardians) of TeTairawhiti rohe, its ecosystems and ecosystem services. Adhere to Mana Tiaki protocols to ensure the preservation, restoration, protection and sustainable utilisation of TeTairawhiti land assets. Mauri tikanga, mauri integrity, creating mutual benefits for economic growth and development of Mana tangata, the hapu narrative, world view and cultural story. Matauranga a Hapu to create productive employment, supporting education and work skills training. Rangitahi training for future management of vacant under-utilised lands for intergenerational prosperity. Through development of these livelihoods Tangata whenua will address the deprivation and poverty currently predominant within TeTairawhiti rohe.


Te Wao nui a Tane 

The concept for this organization is built from; two research projects, two formal partnerships, science, research and innovation and collaboration between SCION, Ngati Porou, Te Whanau a Apanui, Te Whanau a Tapaeururangi, Ngai Tai, Monte Farms and Forests Ltd and NZ Mānuka Ltd. There is interest from TeRunanga o Ngati Porou, Te Runanga o Te Whanau a Apanui, and an agreement in principle from Ngai Tai Iwi Authority. Numerous TeTairawhiti Māori Land Trusts, Hapu and individual Māori landowners are seeking a partnership with key agencies and industry stakeholders to establish a Coalition within the respective rohe. Key agencies and Industry stakeholders are engaged and supportive of Te Wao Nui a Tane.

‘Climate change and community resilience in the Waiapu Catchment’ between Ngati Porou researchers and SCION commissioned by MPI. The work was led by Tim Barnard of Scion and his team in collaboration with Tina Porou, Pia Pohatu and Tui Warmenhoven of Ngati Porou.

The ‘Waikura Valley Land Restoration’ Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) project is collaborative research, science, and innovation between SCION, Whangaparaoa 2L Trust, Monte Farms and Forests Ltd, Te Whanau a Apanui and Te Whanau a Tapaeururangi. The work is led by Loretta Garrett of Scion and her team in collaboration with MPI, and Whangaparaoa2L Trust.

The ‘Waiapu Restoration Partnership’ between MPI, TRONPNUI and GDC represents a new phase in the future development and restoration of the Catchment. The immediate focus of the partnership is afforestation of highly erodible land, it has the potential to become the vehicle for new initiatives that may build resilience and cultural sustainability. Such as cooperatives & coalitions for Mānuka products, indigenous forestry and sustainable land use.

‘Finding Opportunities for Resilient Mānuka Prototype Analysis Tool’ is a SCION project co-funded by Orete A & B No 2B No 1 Trust, Whangaparaoa 2L Trust, New Zealand Mānuka Ltd, Whangaparaoa 2A Ahu Whenua Trust, Ngai Tai Iwi Authority and Tui Warmenhoven to develop a decision support framework for forestry species that calculates impacts of forestry (e.g. cost, profit, erosion control). Stakeholder interviews with industry co-funder’s and individuals from within Scion will clarify a)the industry-wide vision for the future of Mānuka growth and essential oil production, b) better understand the limits, strengths, and weaknesses of the current and potential future Mānuka oil industry, c) to develop the associated business model.

A coalition can be permanent or temporary, single or multi-issue, geographically defined, limited to certain constituencies (such as a coalition of farm groups), or a combination of any of the above. A Coalition is needed to create scale/critical mass, whereby together, a group of organizations gain more significance and influence than individuals or individual organizations can achieve on their own. Complex issues often require negotiation might, i.e. large numbers of people with varied skill sets and resources to effectively achieve its goals. Increase knowledge and shared resources, where the organization may directly benefit from additional support, and shared resources to overcome deficiencies. The sum is often greater than the parts. Overcome barriers of culture and history to forge new partnerships and understanding among organizations and constituencies that have a history of stressful interactions. Win together. For cooperative work to thrive, participating groups give time, money, expertise, staff, volunteer hours and much more.