NZ: Maori groups see opportunities in geothermal at Rotorua

Alexander Richter 21 Jan 2010

Local Maori groups could play a significant role in New Zealand's future power supply, based on statements from local groups at Rotorua in New Zealand.

Reported from New Zealanda, “Te Arawa and other local iwi and hapu could play a significant role in New Zealand’s future power supply, says Rotorua kaumatua Rawiri Te Whare.”

According to Wikipedia, “iwi form the largest everyday social units in Maori population”, probably coming close to a description as a tribe. While there seem to be several types of Maori trusts in New Zealand, in general they are in most instances land trusts, to promote use and administration of land in the interest of the owners, here the Maori groups/ iwi. (

In the article it said that “The general manager of Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa, the trust which negotiated the Waitangi Treaty Settlement on behalf of the iwi, says the organisation is examining the possibility of geothermal electricity generation on Maori land in Rotorua.

“There are positive signs that some of the Maori-owned land in this region is endowed with sufficient geothermal resources to make the construction of geothermal power plants a viable option,” he said.

Mr Te Whare said the Electricity Commission was interested in evaluating the geothermal activity in the Rotorua area.

The trust will meet in Tauranga tomorrow for its annual two-day strategic conference, when geothermal energy will be among the many topics for discussion.

Geothermal development fitted nicely into Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa’s blueprint for the future, Mr Te Whare said.  “Geothermal energy schemes are reliable and renewable.”

Source: Rotorua Daily Post