New Zealand: case study
IDG is a new kind of international energy development company. Our collaborative projects in New Zealand beautifully demonstrate how the Native-to-Native model creates sustainable, equitable energy solutions for all.
IDG’s partnerships with Maori Trusts are based on the deep traditional relationship between the Hawaiian and Maori peoples, and build on our deeply shared cultures and values.
In New Zealand (Aotearoa), IDG is involved in two energy development projects, with several more in the planning, consultation or pre-development phase. Each project exemplifies the power of the IDG approach: shared profits, low environmental impact, cultural protections and long-term benefits to the host communities.
IDG’s New Zealand geothermal, hydro and wind projects:
- 20 MW 1st Phase
- planned 15MW Hydro
- Taheke 8C & Adjoining Blocks, Inc.
- Provided Development Consultancy Services
- Option to Purchase Equity in Project
- Te Ahi o Maui Project
- Operational 13MW Bore
- A8D Ahu Whenua Trust
- IDG co-developer with the Eastland group
The traditional relationship between the Maori people and Hawaiians is very strong. Dating back to the time period when Polynesians frequently traveled the Pacific Ocean following the stars, currents and migratory pattern of birds it has long been established that the Maori people had set sail from Hawaii to begin a new culture in this new land they called Aotearoa (New Zealand). This historical relationship between the two cultures is the foundation for the trust that embodies the present day relationships that IDG has forged into partnerships with several Maori tribes and entities.
IDG’s presence in New Zealand (Aotearoa) began in May 2000, participating in the Maori Economic Summitt at the direct invitation of the late Maori Queen, Te Arikinui, Dame Te Atairangikaahu. The purpose of this Summit was to collaborate on strategies focusing on the development and management of land and resources owned by Indigenous peoples in the Pacific. These discussions resulted in the formation of the Native to Native Business Model and adopted as our business practice and copyrighted by both Mililani Trask and Robbie Cabral.
IDG was able to use the newly created Native to Native Business Model to forge partnerships with Maori Trusts to develop land, geothermal and wind opportunities. Beginning in the Taupo Area with the Ngati Tuwharetoa tribe, lead by Maori Paramount Chief Tumu Teheuheu, IDG acquired the exclusive development rights for the Paenoa Te Akau Trust controlled block of land which was a highly desireable location along the shores of Lake Taupo. Initially planned as a high end eco-tourist destination, this project never got out of the pre-development phase as the invested parties could not agree on many critical issues. Despite this minor setback IDG was still able to recover and entered into new partnerships with the Proprietors of the Wakapuaka 1B Block Incorporation and another trust from the Ngati Tuwharetoa tribe, the Kawerau A8D Ahu Whenua Trust to explore the development potential of other renewable energy generation projects. Tumu Teheuheu is a strong supporter of the work that IDG is doing in Aotearoa as evidenced by his letter of commitment to IDG.
As IDG’s New Zealand presence was further established through the successful implementation of the Native to Native Business Model, other Maori trusts began making inquiries about having IDG provide ongoing Consultancy for them to help in the development of land and geothermal projects.