Mata-au (the Clutha River) flows from Lake Wānaka in a south-easterly direction through Central Otago into Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa (the Pacific Ocean) at Molyneux Bay. The mouth of Mata-au was heavily populated with many permanent and temporary kāika (settlements) located throughout the lower stretches of the river. Murikauhaka, a kāika near the mouth of the Mata-au, was at one stage home to an estimated two hundred people. The river itself was an important trail, providing direct access into lakes Wānaka, Hāwea and Whakatipu Waimāori (Lake Wakatipu) from coastal Otago.
Find out more about Kāi Tahu placenames here.
The five papatipu rūnaka from the wider Otago region (Waihao, Moeraki, Puketeraki, Ōtākou and Hokonui) have come together to create Aukaha.
All five rūnaka have an enduring relationship with the natural environment, and this has been reflected through the landscape photography woven throughout the website. Each image speaks to the unique relationship the rūnaka share with these locations – click on an image to learn more about each site.
Kā mātāpono Our Values
We act with integrity, responsibility, and authority, reflective of the mana and rakatirataka of the manawhenua we work on behalf of.
We are inclusive and cooperative: with rūnaka, whānau, kaimahi stakeholders, partners and clients.
We work to build the capacity of ourselves and of our rūnaka, whānau, and hapū. We are supportive of our partners, clients, and stakeholders.
We work collaboratively to maximise our collective strengths and achieve hapū aspirations. This occurs across all of our pou; with our board, manawhenua panels, rūnaka and whānau; and with our partners, stakeholders and clients.
We are responsive and communicative, and actively value and work to increase the knowledge systems within which we work.
We are innovative in our work, finding new ways to test our thinking, develop new ideas, generating new knowledge, and ways of operating.
We operate with prudence and with awareness of the wider implications of our actions within financial, social, cultural, and environmental contexts.