The principal Ngāi Tūāhuriri value for the Christchurch anchor projects is:
Kia atawhai ki te iwi – Be kind to your people.
This founding kaupapa, recounted by Pita Te Hori, first Upoko Rūnanga of Ngāi Tūāhuriri in 1861, reiterates the foundations laid by Tūāhuriri, the ancestor after which the hapū of Ngāi Tūāhuriri takes its name. Ngāi Tūāhuriri today believes the anchor projects and all projects associated with the recovery of Christchurch must demonstrate care for the citizens of the city and encourage warmth and a sense of welcome.
Ngāi Tahu is a tribal group in the South Island, made up of many hapū (sub tribes).
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu is the mandated iwi authority for Ngāi Tahu and has been recognised under the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act as a Statutory Partner to the Crown, Regional and Local Government agencies in the regeneration of Christchurch following the Canterbury Earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.
Ngāi Tūāhuriri is the local Ngāi Tahu hapū (sub tribe) that holds mana whenua (traditional rights and responsibilities) over their takiwā which extends from the Hurunui to Hakatere and inland to the Main Divide. Their mandated representative is Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga, one of 18 papatipu rūnanga (assembly, council) across the Ngāi Tahu takiwā (territory). Ngāi Tūāhuriri is in the process of signing Heads of Agreements with Regenerate Christchurch, Christchurch City Council and Ōtākaro Ltd, recognising its treaty based relationship and providing a formal partnership to continue working collaboratively on the regeneration of Christchurch.
The Matapopore Charitable Trust has been established by Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga for the provision of cultural advice on Ngāi Tūāhuriri / Ngāi Tahu values, narratives and aspirations for the anchor projects and any other projects associated with the regeneration of Ōtautahi / Christchurch.