The Board represents iwi and community interests to manage the Taupō Waters as if they were a reserve for recreation purposes.


Submission to the Draft Management Plan to manage Taupō Waters are closed

Download the submissions on the consutlation (PDF, 15,675K)

Public hearing

The hearing on the Draft Management Plan will be held:

Thursday 12 November 2020
9 am to 5 pm
Taupo Yacht Club.

Consultation details.


The Minister of Conservation has made appointments to the Taupō-nui-a-Tia Management Board in accordance with the 2007 Deed, for a three-year term commencing on 1 June 2017.

Crown members are:

  • Mike Britton
  • Chris Johnston
  • Anna Park
  • Paul White

Tuwharetoa members are:

  • Tangonui Kingi
  • Maria Nepia
  • Topia Rameka
  • Rakeipoho Taiaroa


The functions of the Board are to:

a)  Manage Taupō Waters as if they are a reserve for recreation purposes under the Reserves Act 1977

b)  As far as practicable, and where not inconsistent with the Deed, act as if it were an administering body appointed to control and manage Taupō waters

c) Determine a Management Plan for Taupō Waters

d) Consider and decide applications in accordance with the Management Plan for use of Taupō Waters for:

  1. Non-commercial research
  2. Recreational use activities that may exclude the general public’s use
  3. Any increase in the area owned by Crown structures
  4. Any Crown owned structures for public good

Taupō Waters

‘Taupō Waters’ means the bed of Lake Taupō, the bed of the Waikato River including the Huka Falls and the beds of certain rivers and streams flowing into the Lake. For the sake of clarity, it does not include the water over that land.

The 2007 Deed between the Crown and the Ngāti Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board records that title to Taupō Waters has been vested in the Ngāti Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board.

The people of New Zealand have freedom of entry and access to Taupō Waters for recreation.

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