The Future of the Arapawa Māori Rowing Club site

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Posted on 21 May, 2020

WHAT IS THE FUTURE FOR THE ARAPAWA MĀORI ROWING CLUB.

WHAT IS THE FUTURE FOR THE ARAPAWA MĀORI ROWING CLUB.

Do you know the history of the Arapawa Māori Rowing Club?   For that matter, do you know why Te Ātiawa came to reside at Waikawa Pa (now known as Waikawa Bay) and how long Te Ātiawa have been there?  

The town of Picton is on the site of the Te Āti Awa settlement of Waitohi, which was established by Te Āti Awa tupuna from Taranaki in 1828.   Chief Hone Ropoama Te One and his wife, Neta Toea, were among the first of Te Āti Awa from Taranaki to settle at Waitohi (Picton).

On May 4, 1850 Chief Hone Ropoama Te One signed the deed of purchase of 38 hectares of land to the Crown, at the site where the Picton police station sits today.   The tribe were then moved to neighbouring Waikawa (where descendents still live today).

Chief Hone Ropoama Te One was paid a total of $300, including an additional $200 payment for establishing crops in the Marlborough Sounds after he deemed the Waikawa land unsuitable for agriculture.

It is said that Chief Hone Ropoama Te One rescued his people at Waikawa when he discovered a well which saved Te Ātiawa from illness caused by unclean water.

Currently the Marlborough District Council (MDC) is preparing a Foreshore Reserve Management Plan for Waikawa Bay. This is effectively a Town Planning document and should not be confused with a Landscape and Development Plan.

The Trust is asking members for their input into how members would like the foreshore to be in the future and more precisely the Arapawa Māori Rowing Club.   Your individual ideas will be appreciated.

To assist the Trust in preparing our submission, please answer the questionnaire.    It would also be helpful if you would approach other whanau to complete it as well.    The aim is to collect as many opinions from iwi.   Your input will be incorporated into a submission by Te Ātiawa o Te Waka a Māui   to the MDC.

Currently, the land that the Arapawa Māori Rowing Club sits on is zoned “Reserve” and generally consists of the area from the eastern end of the Arapawa Māori Rowing Club building to the boatsheds to the north of the launching ramp.

Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui Trust have proposed to MDC that MDC swap 228 sq m of land that Te Ātiawa o Te Waka a Māui own under the existing Arapawa Māori Rowing Club Building for 390 sqm of land on the existing boat parking area.

A number of members from the Waikawa Ratepayers & Residents Association Inc would like to see the Arapawa Rowing Club building removed and replaced with more general and boat trailer parking in the bay, or a for sports and community use only facility.

The Trust would like to see the Arapawa Māori Rowing Club remain active and be rebuilt and retained at the Waikawa foreshore, along with the possible prospect of the building having a retail establishment (likely Tea Rooms or Cafe) and additionaly a second level to house the Trust Offices.    Please be mindful that any future building could also be utilised as a back up for Waikawa Marae bookings, should a Tangihanga conflict with a booking being held at the Marae.

Your help is needed, along with your opinion.   Please fill in the survey link to help the Trust formulate the Trust’s approach to Marlborough District Council.  

For further information on what Marlborough District Council are considering please view the document.

Developing a management plan for the Waikawa Bay Foreshore Reserve.

Can I ask that any information re Arapawa Māori Rowing Club be forwarded to Trust Office for use in our presentation.

I have requested Buna Riwaka to input his korero and history knowledge of AMRC.

For further historical information please go to the Te Ātiawa Website Panui - June 2017 page 10 and 11 put in by Rita Powick.

The Trust Historian Mike Taylor has also been requested to delve into and report the history of Te Ātiawa in Waitohi and Waikawa.

We woud like to use as much factual information as possible to further our cause, having you, our people, inputting your thoughts and desires for the Arapawa Māori Rowing Club future and site.   Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Kia ora rawa atu

Ron Riwaka – Vice Chair

 



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