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GNS Science and Bay of Plenty Iwi sign cooperative agreement - 15/04/2014

GNS Science and Bay of Plenty iwi Ngati Rangiwewehi have signed an agreement to work together on earth science and environmental issues in the wider Rotorua region.

Rangiwewehi Charitable Trust development team leader Gina Mohi and GNS Science chief executive Michael McWilliams sign the agreement that covers working together for mutual benefit. Photo: Margaret Low, GNS Science

Rangiwewehi Charitable Trust development team leader Gina Mohi and GNS Science chief executive Michael McWilliams sign the agreement that covers working together for mutual benefit. Photo: Margaret Low, GNS Science

The two parties have been working together informally for some years, particularly on improving the understanding of groundwater resources and springs in the Bay of Plenty and in using low enthalpy geothermal heat.

Ngati Rangiwewehi is an iwi of the Te Arawa confederation of tribes, with its main base being to the northwest of Lake Rotorua.

The agreement formalises the existing relationship and opens the way for collaboration to involve a wider range of topics such as geothermal energy, minerals, and geobiological resources.

It also allows for the parties to share their respective information to contribute towards their respective aspirations.

In recent years GNS Science has worked with the iwi to evaluate the use of ground-source heat pumps to heat and cool their buildings in Rotorua.