Tangata whenua partnerships
A lack of resources, awareness, education, and capacity has created difficulties in establishing strong partnerships between the Council and tangata whenua as per the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi. There is a limited understanding and use of tikanga, matauranga māori, and traditional māori concepts, values and processes to express kaitiakitanga in the management of resources.
The difficulties associated with developing Māori freehold and Treaty Settlement land include constraints represented by planning tools such as zoning and overlays, multiple ownership, no governance structure, financing and complex processes involving multiple agencies. All of these issues diminish opportunities for tangata whenua to utilise land in a manner which exercises their kawanatanga and rangatiratanga.
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.