Ōtātara Pā Historic Reserve is one of the largest and most ancient Māori pā sites in Hawke’s Bay. It is administered by the Department of Conservation in partnership with the local hapū, Ngāti Pārau as kaitiaki of the reserve.
TRC was engaged by Locales to provide expert advice and assistance in the development of a highly original, place-based visitor experience at the site which would enhance the regional visitor economy. The concept needed to capture the visions of the Department of Conservation, Iwi and Hapu groups, whilst highlighting the stories of the local Iwi and Hapu.
The team worked with hapū to outline what options existed around the three components of the concept, and potential operational, management and governance structures. The options were a) do nothing – the status quo, b) self-guided option and c) self-guided and digital experience combined.
All stakeholders consulted on the draft concept were supportive of upgrading the existing assets on the pā, as well as the addition of other installations. Recommended next steps and timelines were outlined by the Locales and TRC team for Ngāti Parau to make the most of this opportunity.