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Updated 14 October 2015 10:07am

Greater Wellington maintains strong relationships with mana whenua that have evolved over more than 20 years which have a particular focus on their role as kaitiaki of their ancestral lands in the region.

The Council’s relationship with mana whenua is guided by the Resource Management Act 1991 and with Māori under the Local Government Act 2002 and other legislation.

More information about Greater Wellington's relationships with Māori and regional mana whenua can be found by clicking on items in the left-hand column on this page.

Working with Māori

The Memorandum of Partnership sets out how Greater Wellington and mana whenua will work together.

Mana whenua provide a Māori perspective to Council decision making through:

  • Council Committees (Sustainable Transport Committee, Environment Committee, Te Upoko Taiao-Natural Resource Management Committee, Hutt Valley Flood Management Subcommittee, Te Kāuru Upper Ruamahanga River Floodplain Management Plan Subcommittee)
  • Council Advisory Groups (Ruamāhanga Whaitua Committee, Te Awarua-o-Porirua Whaitua Committee, Wairarapa Water Use Project Governance Group)
  • Co-management arrangements (Taranaki Whānui Parangarahu Park, Ngāti Toa Rangātira, Whitireia Board)
  • Resource consent processes.

Greater Wellington is also committed to enabling taura here/matāwaka (non-mana whenua who call Wellington home) to participate in mutually beneficial whole-of-community issues. 

Building capability

Greater Wellington has been implementing ways to raise the understanding of Councillors and staff of matters Māori and that of mana whenua in Council business. This is being achieved through a number of initiatives including workshops, joint discussions and training for Councillors and staff.

Councillor training

Greater Wellington runs workshops for Councillors as the need arises on matters Māori. Past workshops have included a broad range of topics including: the Treaty of Waitangi mana whenua settlement interests of the region and the mana whenua values associated with the Natural Resources Plan.

Annual walkovers

Greater Wellington works with mana whenua to increase understanding through the annual walkover of specific sites. This provides an opportunity to meet directly with mana whenua to discuss issues of mutual interest.

The first walkover was held in the Wairarapa in September 2002 with Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa. Recent walkovers have included the Ōtaki River with Ngā Hapū ō Ōtaki (2014) and the Waikanae River with Te Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai (2015). 

Mana whenua technical workshops

Greater Wellington holds technical workshops as required with mana whenua representatives on specific issues of strategic importance. Past workshops have included a broad range of topics including: water supply, the regional transport strategy and review of the Parks and Reserves Management Plan.