Meridian and Te Ao Mārama sign relationship agreement

Meridian Energy and Te Ao Mārama Inc have celebrated their commitment to working together with the signing of a relationship agreement.

The agreement formally recognises each party’s shared interest in the sustainable use of resources in the Murihiku/Southland region.

Te Ao Mārama is a consultative organisation that represents the interests of four Murihiku Papatipu Rūnanga (Te Rūnanga o Awarua, Waihōpai Runaka, Te Rūnanga o Oraka Aparima and Hokonui Runaka) on Resource Management and Local Government matters.

Meridian owns and operates the Manapōuri Power Scheme and White Hill Wind Farm located within Murihiku/Southland.

Te Ao Mārama Kaiwhakahaere Stewart Bull says kaitiakitanga responsibilities are paramount for Ngāi Tahu. This includes enhancing mahinga kai and ensuring the principle of Ki Uta Ki Tai (mountains to sea) is recognised as part of any development considerations.

Meridian Energy’s statutory and compliance strategy manager Andrew Feierabend says Meridian’s focus is on the generation of renewable energy and this relationship agreement helps to ensure the natural resources on which the company’s operations are based are sustainable.

The relationship agreement is focussed on:

  • Protection of cultural and spiritual values of Murihiku/Southland in relation to the use of land and water;
  • Recognition of the importance of the electricity generations capabilities within Murihiku/Southland to New Zealand;
  • Commitment to an enduring and mutually beneficial relationship.

The relationship agreement was signed at the Te Ao Mārama offices in Invercargill by Meridian Energy’s General Manager Market and Productions Guy Waipara, Te Ao Mārama Kaiwhakahaere Stewart Bull, and representatives of the four Murihiku Papatipu Rūnanga.