The Manawhenua Working Party is made up of members of Ngāi Tahu hapū (sub tribes), Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāti Kurī, who hold manawhenua (authority) over the Hurunui and Waimakariri catchments associated with Ngāi Tahu Farming’s Te Whenua Hou and Balmoral developments.

The Working Party works closely with Ngāi Tahu Farming, providing advice on the cultural, environmental and social aspects of the developments so that Ngāi Tahu values can be meaningfully recognised and provided for through these projects.

Members of the Working Party are charged by their respective hapū to focus particularly on the importance of wāhi taonga (treasured sites), wāhi tapu (sacred sites) and mahinga kai (food gathering sites and resources).