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Resource consents and consulting with mana whenua

Resource consents and consulting with mana whenua

Updated 18 February 2016 2:02pm

Greater Wellington sends copies of non-notified consent applications to mana whenua so they have an opportunity to raise any issues of concern. Such issues can then be discussed between Greater Wellington, mana whenua and the consent applicant to determine how these can be clarified or resolved.

Resource consent

It is good practice to consult with local mana whenua early in your resource consent application, so that they can consider and let you know about any concerns. As a result, you may be able to manage their concerns with little or no change to your original proposal - saving you time, effort and money.

How to consult with mana whenua

All the mana whenua of this region prefer you to contact them directly, either by phone or in person, rather than write them a letter. As with all consultation, the process can take some time, so don't leave it to the last minute.

Make sure you keep a written record of your consultation with mana whenua - you'll need to send it with your application to Greater Wellington.

Will there be a cost?

In some circumstances, mana whenua may choose to recover the costs of consultation. To avoid confusion, ask about possible costs before you start.

Who to talk to

Greater Wellington region has established partnerships with six mana whenua authorities who have kaitiaki responsibilities over their ancestral lands in specific parts of the region. While each mana whenua authority has a particular focus in one area of the region, their traditional boundaries may overlap with one or more of their iwi neighbours.

Please contact the mana whenua authority in the specific area your resource consent application refers to. You may need to consult more than one mana whenua authority, depending on where your proposed activity will take place. If you're not sure who to contact, we are happy to advise you.

The representatives are:

  • Ngāti Raukawa ki te tonga who are based in Ōtaki and represented by Ngā Hapū ō Ōtaki
  • Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai who are based in Waikanae and represented by the Ati Awa ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust
  • Ngāti Toa Rangatira who are based in Porirua and represented by Ngāti Toa Rangatira Inc
  • Taranaki Whānui who are based in Wellington city and represented by the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust.
  • Ngāti Kahungunu o Wairarapa who are based in Masterton and represented by Ngāti Kahungunu o Wairarapa Trust
  • Rangitāne o Wairarapa who are based in Masterton and represented by Rangitāne o Wairarapa Inc