Consultation & Relationship Development

Meaningful engagement for effective resource management

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For a summary of ‘Who needs to Consult and When Does the Duty Arise?’ please refer to section 2.1 of the Ministry for the Environment’s (2003) Guidelines for Consulting with Tangata Whenua under the RMA: An Update on Case Law.
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Mcintosh, T. (2003) online: Kanohi Ki Te Kanohi: Face To Face, Local Government and Māori
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Facilitating consultation with tangata whenua
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Consultation for plan development
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Consultation for resource consents
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Consultation is a vital part of good resource management practice. There are specific provisions in the RMA for councils and other agencies to notify iwi authorities when a resource consent application is made. Some of these provisions are legal requirements, including consultation with tangata whenua when developing a plan which affects tangata whenua interests. Other consultative obligations however are at the discretion of the council and, to a great extent, are largely determined by the nature of the relationship the council has with iwi and hapū.

Resource consent applications follow a set process, for each specific consent however, there can be variations particular to that application. For this reason it is beneficial to remember that the methods and level of consultation can differ from consent to consent. The following are some examples of the most common situations in which opportunities for consultation can arise:

  • Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) set up situations in which consultation can occur;
  • Consultation between applicants and iwi/hapū can resolve issues before applications are lodged;
  • Iwi Management Plans can identify in what situations iwi/hapū would like to be considered an interested or affected party;
  • Regional and district plans can identify who will be considered an affected party in a given situation.

One of the main reasons for consultation is to provoke meaningful engagement with others. Try to always undertake consultation with an open mind; and, again, remember that having a good established relationship with your council and/or other agencies can greatly assist proactive involvement for iwi and hapū in resource consent processes and streamline positive outcomes for all.

Key idea: The key message in regards to consultation is to be proactive: set up in advance when you’d like to be consulted.


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