Iwi management plans
An iwi management plan is a document developed and approved by iwi to address matters of resource management activity of significance within their respective rohe (region). The plans can contain information relating to specific cultural values, historical accounts, descriptions of areas of interest (hapū/iwi boundaries) and consultation and engagement protocols for resource consents and plan changes.
These plans are taken into account by the council in the management of the region's natural resources, providing a formal way for iwi interests to be incorporated into the council's decision making.
Iwi management plans in the rohe (region):
Importance of iwi management plans
Planning documents recognised by an iwi authority provide a mechanism in which iwi interests can be considered in the council processes. There are specific legislative requirements which place a duty on council staff to take these plans into account. In practice, local authorities must balance a number of competing interests, including iwi plans.
Value for the council
Iwi management plans assist the council by:
- identifying iwi of the region, their rohe, values and interests
- aiding decision-making
- providing a planning tool for engagement and partnerships
- outlining preferred methods of engagement
- identification of iwi/hapū are who may be affected by activities subject to resource consent applications.
Value for the community
Iwi management plans assist the community by:
- enhancing understanding
- building community awareness
- helping resource consent applicants identify relevant matters for assessments of Environment Effects.
Value for Māori
Iwi management plans assist Māori by:
- facilitating knowledge transfer and capturing matauranga Māori
- providing a framework to articulate values, aspirations and issues
- identifying specific natural resources and/or sites of cultural significance
- ensuring iwi/hapū interests are recognised in the resource consent application process
- providing a template for others developing iwi planning documents.
How you can get involved
Keep an eye out for resource consent applications, policies and plans that will affect your area. You can submit your views, which can be taken into account by the council during their decision making. You can submit as an individual or as part of your iwi.
Your whanaunga can also create an iwi management plan which must be taken into account under the Resource Management Act 1991 as part of the council's decision making.
Find out more
If you would like to begin the process of creating a iwi management plan, please contact our iwi relationships team, Tai-ranga-whenua.