Iwi & Council

Iwi are consulted closely in resource consenting and planning processes, and Treaty of Waitangi settlements are bringing new opportunities for greater Iwi representation on key Council committees.

Resource consents & planning

The Council strongly encourages resource consent applicants to ensure Iwi and/or Hapū are consulted where necessary, and that actual or potential effects on them are clearly spelled out.

Any implications for Iwi or Hapū are a major consideration in deciding whether an application should be publicly notified. If necessary, the Council will provide information and technical assistance on the consents or the consenting process and will arrange and facilitate meetings, including meetings on marae if appropriate. Necessary steps will be taken to avoid offence to tikanga Māori or publicly disclose the location of wāhi tapu.

For the 2015-2016 year, applicants for resource consents made 117 separate consultations with Iwi/Hapū.

If appropriate, the Council also considers involving Iwi or Hapū in the design and operation of consent compliance monitoring programmes. Iwi and Hapū have also had input in investigations and prosecutions.

Similarly, the Council strives to give Iwi and Hapu opportunities for full and genuine involvement in its own planning processes, by providing full and sufficient information and allowing time for it to be digested and responded to. The Council also takes Iwi Management Plans into account in its own regional plans and Regional Policy Statement.

Committee representation

Under Treaty of Waitangi settlements currently being legislated for by Parliament, three Iwi representatives would be appointed to each of the Council’s two main standing committees, the Policy and Planning Committee and the Consents and Regulatory Committee.

All eight Iwi in the region would be involved in a selection process to find appointees to nominate for approval by the elected Council. The appointees would be expected to act in the interests of the Committee they are part of, while bringing an Iwi perspective to the table.

Other consultation & collaboration

The Council and its officers meet regularly with Iwi and Hapū on a range of issues of mutual interest, and the Council contracts with Maori for delivery of specific services including advice, expertise, information, research projects and training.

The Council also provides resources including technical assistance and advice.

Get in touch

Talk to our Iwi Communications Officer. Call 0800 736 222 or email iwicommunications@trc.govt.nz.