December 14, 2022
Jumping fish set for return to awa
Green MP Dr Elizabeth Kerekere says if will make all the difference when the New Zealand Geographic Board completes the process for renaming the Hawke’s Bay waterway known as the Clive River.
The river, created in 1975 when part of the Ngaruroro Moko-tū-ā-raro ki Rangatira was diverted to prevent flooding, is set to be renamed Te Awa o Mokotūāraro at the board’s next meeting in April, after public consultation.
Dr Kerekere says she’s please to have been able to help Kohupātiki Marae in its campaign for the change.
“We talk about restoring the mana to the local people, to the people of that marae, but it also gives them a strenthe4ned position to advo9cate for the health of that river, the well being of that river, and the ngaruroro, those little jumping fish, to have it teeming with the patiki the marae was named after,” she says.
Dr Kerekere is confident there’s wide support for the name change.