The Pou Taiao and the Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group was formed in 2007 to advance the interests of all Iwi in the relation to freshwater, matters related to biodiversity, biosecurity, Oceans and Climate through direct engagement with the Crown.
The Pou Taiao and Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group and their technicians (FIAG), advocate for the sustainable management of water and other taonga and ensure that Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations are met and upheld. Their role is instrumental in shaping a more inclusive and equitable approach to Aotearoa Taiao legislation, particularly through the development of Te Mana o te Wai which was formally embedded into the Resource Management system in 2011.
Working together Pou Taiao, FILG and Te Wai Māori Trust seek to secure the health and wellbeing of freshwater and our wider environment as it is essential for the continued health and wellbeing of freshwater fisheries. Healthy freshwater fisheries require a healthy relationship between people, freshwater, habitat, and the wider environment.