The CMER team met with the Iwi advisory group for the Tui Mine remediation project, and representatives from Waikato Regional Council, Department of Conservation and Matamata-Piako District Council. The Iwi Advisory Group, representing Hauraki and Ngāti Haua iwi, was originally established to ensure cultural issues were considered and addressed during the $21 million remediation works, and continue to lead the process to accelerate the healing of Te Aroha maunga. During the korero, the Iwi advisory group outlined the current status of their cultural monitoring plan. The CMER team provided an update of research undertaken to date and immediate future plans. This in turn provided a platform on which to discuss the opportunities to work collaboratively to provide more of an understanding about the status of the Tui and the Tunakoahoia ecosystems and what steps can be taken to further heal Te Aroha maunga.
Ecological research on Tui Mine
Rose Gregersen (MSc student) is working under the supervision of Kevin Simon (University Auckland) on the ecology of the Tui and Tunakohoia streams associated with the remediated Tui mine. Rose is focussing on the response of stream food webs and litter decomposition in order to tell us more about how these streams are damaged ecologically.