Greater Wellington has undertaken a number of initiatives to strengthen its relationship with iwi, and has addressed this by providing a pool of funds to enable iwi to undertake projects, either by themselves or in partnership with Greater Wellington. The projects vary considerably from extensive document preparation i.e. iwi management plans, to physical projects e.g. restoration of a wetland area.
The following are a sample of iwi projects undertaken in the past three years between Greater Wellington and regional iwi.
Wellington Tenths - GIS project
Greater Wellington made a commitment to work together with Wellington City Council and Hutt City Council to fund Wellington Tenths Trust to develop a GIS (Geographic Information System) database that mapped sites of significance for the Wellington and Hutt Valley areas. This project spanned three years and culminated in the mapping of 410 sites. This database will assist iwi andGreater Wellington to better manage activities on or nearby sites of significance.
Taranaki Whanui iwi management plan
Greater Wellington has worked closely with Taranaki Whanui to help develop an iwi management plan. Our assistance helped to fund iwi research for the plan and also provided expertise and guidance from our environment division staff. Once completed, the plan will provide a tool that will assist tangata whenua and Greater Wellington decisionmakers to better determine an appropriate approach to the natural resources of the iwi's takiwa (area).