Far North District Council - Let's Plan Together

Tangata whenua partnerships

Historically it has been difficult to build strong partnerships between Council and tangata whenua due to lack of resources, awareness and capacity within both parties. Through the legislative process (RMA), there is limited use of tikanga, matauranga māori, and māori values to express kaitaikitanga in the management of resources.

Development of Māori freehold and Treaty Settlement land can be complex because of multiple ownership, no governance structure, financing and involvement of multiple government agencies. As part of the District Plan Review we are focusing on improving our planning tools (zoning, overlays etc.) to enable tangata whenua to use land in a manner which exercises their kāwanatanga and rangatiratanga.

Far North District Council - Let's Plan Together

Key issues are addressed by:

  • The new provisions will support the role of tangata whenua as kaitiaki and partners
  • A new Māori Purpose Zone, which recognises the complexities of Māori land tenure and enables the use of this land
  • A Treaty Settlement Overlay, which identifies and provides for land returned to tangata whenua as commercial or cultural redress.

Your feedback told us that:

  • You support the new Māori Purpose Zone and Treaty Settlement Overlay
  • It is important to consider the impact of the new framework on all land owners and tenure (not just Māori-owned land)
  • We need to better acknowledge tangata whenua relationships with sites and areas of cultural and spiritual significance
  • We should consider alternative monitoring methods.
Go to Draft District Plan