Māori committees help NPDC to account for the Māori voice and viewpoint in its work.
Mana Whakahono a Rohe or Iwi Participation Agreements were added to the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) in 2017 increasing the participation of Māori in council decision-making. It is mandatory for a local authority to set up an agreement if it receives an invitation from an iwi authority and represents government’s intention to raise the profile of Maori participation in decision-making and to hold councils to account.
You can find out more in Mana Whakahono a Rohe guidance.
Taranaki Regional Council, South Taranaki District Council, Stratford District Council, New Plymouth District Council and Iwi.
The New Plymouth District Plan and the Long-Term Plan (LTP) are the two major planning documents produced by NPDC. The District Plan is the primary document which manages land use and development within New Plymouth District. NPDC’s responsibilities include controlling the effects of land use activities, noise and the effects of activities on the surface of lakes and rivers.
On 6th June 2007 New Plymouth District Council signed a legal agreement with Ngāti Tawhirikura A Hapū Trust regarding Te Rewa Rewa Reserve located on the northern side of Waiwhakaiho River and commonly known at that time as the Rifle Range. The reserve is of major significance to the hapū as tangata whenua. The committee helps NPDC provide encouragement and assistance to the hapū in their aspirations to protect the urupā and the historic Rewa Rewa Pā, on the reserve and to use other areas on the reserve for a variety of cultural and income-generating activities.
This group is formed by the Mayor who appoints three elected members and formalises the appointment of three Ngāti Tawhirikura hapū members to the Partnership Forum. The hapū members will be appointed on the recommendation of Ngati Tawhirikura.
The Local Government Act 2002 requires NPDC to take into account the relationship of Māori and their culture and traditions with water when making significant decisions in relation to water. The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) sets out how we manage our environment and contains specific clauses which ensure the relationship of Māori and the culture and traditions with their lands, water, sites, waahi tapu and other taonga are recognised and provided for.
In order to understand and address the concerns of Māori, NPDC has established a joint working party called He Puna Wai.
This group is made up of NPDC staff and representatives from the five Iwi whose rohe is within the New Plymouth District (Taranaki, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Maru and Ngāti Tama).
To work together in a spirit of partnership and collaboration.
Provide advice and input into the water master plan.
To develop a sustainable, long term strategy for the District’s three waters systems (drinking water, waste water & storm water).
Te Kaumātua Kaunihera o ngā Whare Taonga o Puke Ariki was established in 2004.
Made up of kaumātua (elders) from around Taranaki, the committee advises Puke Ariki on issues regarding Māori, the taonga Māori collection, and tikanga. The Kaunihera meets monthly and is open to kaumātua from all of Taranaki. They provide advice on the acquisition, care and appropriate usage of taonga Māori in the interests of all hapū/iwi throughout Taranaki and give direction on the implementation of tikanga practices within Puke Ariki and the rohe of Taranaki.
The Kaunihera Kaumatua meet monthly at Puke Ariki
Puke-Ariki and Taranaki Kaumatua.
Chair: John Niwa
Te Huinga Taumatua is a joint-committee made up of elected Council and iwi members, currently co-chaired by a representative from each group. The committee’s purpose is to provide strategic guidance and advice to NPDC on issues of importance to Māori. It also has delegated authority for matters including:
The Committee has considered a range of a strategic and policy matters over the past year, including:
Te Huinga was also involved in discussions leading, in July 2020, to a Council resolution to establish a Māori ward ahead of the 2022 local triennial elections. Moving forward, NPDC will explore ways in which Te Huinga Taumatua can initiate reports on topics of relevance to Māori.
Iwi/Council Standing Committee
Recognising its responsibilities under Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the gallery has established the advisory group Whiringa Toi. An expression of the gallery’s desire to enrich its expression of a Te Tiriti-based partnership, the group offers a forum for Iwi-Māori to participate in shaping the priorities, procedures and cultural activities of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre.
Made up of the Gallery Director and representatives from local Māori artists, NPDC and iwi of Taranaki, Whiringa Toi will also be central to the gallery’s desires and efforts to facilitate engagement, consultation and collaboration with Iwi-Māori and whānau whānui
Partnership Committee GBAG/LLC and Māori
Tapuae Roa is the regional economic strategy made up of NPDC, Stratford District Council, South Taranaki District Council, Taranaki Regional Council, business leaders, iwi and Venture Taranaki.
The Mission of Tapuae Roa is:
'Taranaki – where talent becomes enterprise/Kia eke panuku'.
It was formed in 2017, with an Action Plan released in April 2018 that identified four focus areas: energy, food, the visitor sector and the Māori economy.
Four ‘Foundations’ have also been identified: talent, enterprise & innovation; access and connectivity; vibrancy and liveability; investment.
The Action Plan recommends activity and investment in all eight areas and specifies a programme of action in detail.
This is the result of a fresh look at directions for participation of Māori and iwi in the economy.
Ngā Iwi o Taranaki are looking to focus on a new generation of Māori leadership through ensuring they have the technical and technology skills to participate in the modern economy.
The lead team is made up of:
In 2008 NPDC entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for an area of Port Taranaki (Port) owned land, centred about Ngamotu Beach. This area is known as PAMI, an acronym for Port Area of Mutual Interest. As well as the Port, the MOU involved Ngāti Te Whiti. The MOU was approved by NPDC on 18 December 2007 and signed by the CEO and Mayor.
In 2018 NPDC, Port Taranaki with Ngāti Te Whiti Hapū formed a Governance Liaison Group to helps NPDC provide encouragement and assistance to the hapū in their aspirations to protect the urupā and the historic sites, on the reserve and to use other areas on the reserve for a variety of cultural activities.
They formed two groups, the Governance Group and the Operations Group.
The Group meets a minimum of four times a year.
It is made up of
The Chairperson is elected at the first meeting in each calendar year (rotation to apply)
Decision to be by consensus and the expectation is that operational matters will be resolved. Matters of concern will be escalated to the PAMI Governance Group.
NPDC has appointed Cr Murray Chong to the PAMI Governance Group.
The Airport is a site of significance to Te Atiawa and a waahi tapu that was acquired under the Public Works Act in the 1960s.
In 2014 Te Atiawa and NPDC signed a Memorandum of Understanding relating to New Plymouth Airport.
PRIP was established in July 2017 and is 100% owned by New Plymouth District Council (NPDC). The company operates as a Council Controlled Trading Organisation (CTO) through an independent skills-based Board of Directors and employs its own Chief Executive and staff.
It has a dedicated Te Atiawa position on the Board of Directors, providing Iwi access to decision making.
PRIP will work collaboratively with the airlines, NPDC, Venture Taranaki, the Chamber of Commerce, iwi and other local key stakeholders to work towards the region’s common strategic goals.
NPDC and Te Atiawa
Shelly Kopu (Te Atiawa)
Initiated in 2016, NPDC and iwi/hapū agreed to set up a group called Ngā Kaitiaki.
Made up of representatives from iwi and hapū, the purpose of the working group was to review the draft District Plan from a Te Ao Māori (Māori worldview) perspective. An independent planner provided professional planning advice and supported the group for the first three years.
Generally meeting once a month, Ngā Kaitiaki and NPDC officers worked on a new District Plan, resulting in the notification of the new Proposed District Plan in September 2019. NPDC is now working with iwi and hapū submitters on the Proposed District Plan, who continue to receive independent professional planning advice.
Moving forward, the Ngā Kaitiaki working group will continue to consider high level strategic issues in relation to the District Plan and district planning in general.
Iwi Liaison Lead
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