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This page contains information about how Māori will be involved in the Sustainable Futures project.
Updated: 29/11/2010 3:38 p.m.

Partnership with Tangata Whenua

Developing a partnership with tangata whenua and widespread engagement with iwi and hapu were seen as essential to the success of Sustainable Futures 30/50 project. This relationship was initiated and progressed in a variety of ways. These included the recognition of tangata whenua in the overall governance arrangement of the project, interaction with the Te Karearea - Maori Liaison Subcommittee of Whangarei District Council, ongoing involvement of Council’s Maori Liaison Officers, working with various Maori Trusts of Te Taitokerau and their technical staff, and information and consultation meetings with iwi and hapu throughout the district.

The initial consultation programme in February/March 2009 consisted of six hui held at different marae across the district (two urban and four rural). These included:   Glenbervie (Pehiaweri Marae);  Whangarei (Terenga Paraoa Marae); Bland Bay (Tuparehuia Marae);  Ruakaka (Takahiwai Marae);  Matapouri Bay (Matapouri Marae); Mangakahia (Mangakahia Marae). A joint hui was also held with both the Ngati Wai Trust Board and the Ngati Hine Runanga (Ngati Hine Health Trust Building). At all hui the project was discussed with tangata whenua along with on-going engagement.

Following the initial round of hui, meetings were held with four Iwi Trusts in the district: Ngapuhi, Ngatiwai, Ngati Hine, and Patuharakeke. Out of these meetings, along with the hui held in February and March, an engagement process was established with iwi and hapu within the district to provide specific tangata whenua input to the Growth Strategy. These groups included (but were not limited to): Ngapuhi, Ngatiwai, Ngati Hine, Patuharakeke, Ngati Kahu Ki Torongare, Parawhau, Te Waiariki, Ngati Korora, Taiharuru, Ngati Hau, and Ngati Te Rino.  Repo Consultancy was contracted to coordinate this input and produce a report to Council.

The report represents a collaborative effort by iwi and hapu to present an agreed position (as far as possible) on iwi and hapu input to the Growth Strategy. The report provides a vision for the Whangarei District for the next 50 years from an iwi and hapu perspective. It identifies the issues that are important to iwi and hapu over the next 50 years and how these issues can be addressed to assist the sustainable development of the district. The report is structured around the four sustainability criteria: sustainable culture, society, environment and economy. The report also includes an assessment from a tangata whenua perspective of the three future development paths that were formulated for consideration by the community.

The second round of consultation in February/March 2010 included a number of interactive hui/workshops with iwi and hapu to outline and discuss results of the analysis undertaken since the public consultation in 2009 and to obtain input from tangata whenua on different aspects of the preferred development path that resulted from that analysis. The consultation programme in February/March 2010 consisted of five hui held at different marae across the district (two urban and three rural). These included:  NorthTec (Te Puna Matuaranga Marae); Whangarei (Otangarei Marae); Ruakaka (Takahiwai Marae); Whangaruru (Otetao Marae); and Ngararatunua Marae.

Feedback from the second round of consultation was used, along with information in the Iwi/Hapu Report (and existing iwi/hapu management plans) to feed directly into the Growth Strategy.

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