Policy 1: Processes for Defining Relationship
Define the processes to determine the relationship of tangata whenua with natural and physical resources for which they are Kaitiaki.
Policy 2: Increase awareness
Promote methods that will increase community awareness of the relationship between tangata whenua and the natural and physical resources for which they are Kaitiaki.
Explanation and Principal Reasons for Adopting the Policies
Policy 1 recognises that Council is obliged by s6 of the RMA to recognise and provide for the relationship of tangata whenua with nature and physical resources. The policy also recognises that the relationship is not always defined and there needs to be a process in place to assist with the definition. This policy implements the objective by minimising uncertainty.
Policy 2 minimises uncertainty by increasing community awareness of the relationship that exists between tangata whenua and the natural and physical resources. When the community is aware of that relationship they are better prepared to work together through the processes to achieve the objectives. This will assist to minimise the uncertainty and reduce the costs to all parties involved in resource consent processes and enable tangata whenua to give effect to kaitiakitanga in a nonconfrontational manner.