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.