Consultation and participation in decision-making

People can participate in environmental management projects on a spectrum of different levels.

There are different levels at which people can participate with councils in environmental management. At the most shallow level, participation occurs when councils inform people about initiatives; while at the deepest level, councils engage with people on issues together – sharing decision making power. The levels between these are consultation, involvement, and collaboration. Under the RMA, councils must take into account the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi in resource management decision making, and this is usually done through consultation with local iwi. However, some councils are going further – seeking deeper levels of participation in recognition of the mutual advantages of doing so.


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