General Engagement

participating in the formation of regulatory plans

Useful links:





Willis, G, Koroheke, C (2005) online: Effective participation in resource consent processes A guide for Tangata Whenua,
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Te Puni Kokiri, (2006) online: Māori Council Engagement under the Resource Management Act,
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Parliamentary Commissioner For The Environment (PCE). (1998). Kaitiakitanga And LocaL government: Tangata Whenua Participation In Environmental Management,
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There are two levels at which you can participate – and make an impact – in the RMA. Both are important and relevant for local iwi and hapū. The first involves active participation at a higher/broader level through the development of: • national policy statements; • national environmental standards; • regional policy statements; • regional and district plans.

Participating in resource consent processes can be straight forward – especially if good relationships have already been established with councils and other agencies.  Being included from the outset in decision making processes and working with organisations who understand the local obligations and significance of kaitiakitanga will greatly assist your participation in the RMA. It is important to remember that councils also have obligations – and legal powers – for the management of environmental and cultural resources in their area. Working with them will help to ensure positive outcomes for all.

Being involved at this level can help in the long term by making sure Māori environmental values and relationships are explained and recognised in planning documents. For most iwi and hapū, participation at the regional and district plan level is most common as it is at this stage that councils are required to consult with tangata whenua. While consultation is not legally required it is considered good practise. (insert links to regional plans)

The second level at which tangata whenua can participate is at the processing of resource consents, this process involves a number of opportunities for iwi and hapū to engage in matters of localised significance. For more on the resource consent process please refer to the sections on Consultation and Iwi Authority Input into the Resource Consent Process.


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