Relationships with applicants

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It is good practice for applicants to seek advice from councils to ensure that they are consulting with the appropriate iwi, and the appropriate people of that iwi. This may include talking to the hapū and whanau of the particular location of the application. In areas where there are several overlapping iwi, sometimes a combined committee has been used so that applicants can be sure they are talking to all the right people.

The status of those carrying out the consultation should respect the mana of the iwi consulted. For example senior representatives of the applicant should be present at consultation not just their consultants.

Consultation should be carried out kanohi ki kanohi (face to face).

Applicants should commence consultation with iwi as early in the process as possible. Iwi may have regularly scheduled meetings where resource consent applications are discussed, or may have delegated a particular person to be the first port of call for consultation.

For major projects where consultation may take some time, it is good practice for applicants and iwi to discuss the most appropriate means of carrying consultation, including a timeline.

Councils and applicants should recognise that consultation places significant demands of resources and money on iwi and that this is not fairly carried entirely by iwi.

Where iwi make a charge for consultation, this should be explained to applicants at initial contact including the methods of charging.

If reports (e.g. Cultural Impact Assessments) are commissioned from iwi, these should be placed on a business footing to avoid later disagreement. 

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