A new Rangitane Cultural
Kia ora tatou nga uri o Rangitane o Wairau. There has been lots of
interest in the new cultural center being built at Grovetown. The
building is starting to take shape now, with the proposed opening
date of December 1st 2012.
To keep up to date with the progress of the building – Robinsons
Construction have created a blog site
The government has introduced The Aquaculture Amendment (3) Bill
into Parliament with the aim of opening up new space – primarily
for finfish farming. Since 2004 local authorities or “developers”
could apply for a plan change to create new aquaculture areas, but
20% of that space would go to local Iwi. Obviously there has been
no new space created in that time.
The Te Tau Ihu forum has had a water-space
development proposal in Port Gore put forward by Te Atiawa. The
forum has also made a formal approach to the Minister of Fisheries
to negotiate a regional agreement (Marlborough only) and it is
proposed that the “Iwi” space be allocated before the remainder is
tendered – once the new legislation is passed.