NGĀ TAKE Ā-ROHE ME NGĀ KAUPAPA REGIONAL ISSUES AND POLICY
Air is viewed as a taonga derived from Ranginui (the Sky Father). Ranginui is the sky, husband of Papatūānuku and father of her earthly progeny. Ranginui is adorned by celestial bodies such as the moon and stars, and is associated with life and light. From Ranginui’s union with Papatūānuku came the oﬀspring, who were responsible for creating the elements that constitute our world and environment today.
As with other taonga, the mauri, or life supporting capacity, of air must be protected, and air must be used with respect and passed on to the next generation in a healthy state.
Ngā Paetae Objectives
(1) To protect the mauri of air from adverse eﬀects related to the discharge of contaminants to air.
(2) Ngāi Tahu are involved in regional decision making on air quality issues.
DISCHARGE TO AIR
Issue R1: The discharge of contaminants to air can have adverse eﬀects on Ngāi Tahu values such as mauri, mahinga kai, wāhi tapu, wāhi taonga and marae, and the health of our people and communities.
CULTURAL AMENITY VALUES
Issue R2: Protection of cultural amenity values such as celestial darkness.
Issue R3: Climate change could have signiﬁcant impacts on the relationship of Ngāi Tahu and their culture and traditions with their ancestral land, water, sites, wāhi tapu and other taonga.
Issue R4: Māori have an interest in the right to access and allocation of radio frequencies.
Issue R5: Potential risks to human health as a result of electromagnetic radiation.