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Engaging with mana whenuaTe tūhono atu ki ngā mana whenua

Find out why mana whenua may need to be consulted when applying for a resource consent.

What is mana whenua?

In the consenting context, mana whenua means the indigenous people (Māori) who have historic and territorial rights over the land. It refers to iwi and hapū (Māori tribal groups) who have these rights in Ahuriri, Napier.

Mana whenua interests are represented by iwi authorities in Ahuriri, Napier.

Resource consent applicants need to engage with mana whenua, in certain circumstances, by contacting the relevant iwi authority.

You can contact the duty planner to find mana whenua contacts for your area on 06 835 7579.


Mana whenua and the environment

Mana whenua have a special cultural and spiritual relationship with the environment, which is a matter of national importance under the Resource Management Act 1991.

This includes their relationship with their:

  • waahi tapu (sacred sites)
  • taonga (treasures)
  • water
  • ancestral lands.

Resource consent applicants and the council must consider these matters of national importance.

When you should consult mana whenua organisations

Resource consent applicants are expected to consult with iwi authorities when developments affect mana whenua values.

The best way to identify these values and take these into account is through direct consultation with the relevant iwi authorities.

Mana whenua values may be affected by developments subject to or involving:

  • landscape overlays
  • maunga (volcanic) viewshafts
  • ancestral land
  • significant ecological areas
  • coastal marine area
  • discharges to, or may enter, the sea, rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands, aquifers and air
  • sites and places of significance to mana whenua
  • historic heritage overlay sites of Māori interest and significance
  • statutory acknowledgement areas · treaty settlement land
  • Māori land.

Cultural Values Assessment (CVA)

As part of the consent application process, new developments may need to provide a Cultural Values Assessments (CVA), prepared in consultation with all mana whenua or their respective nominees.

Not all resource consent applications will require a CVA. This needs to be decided by the relevant iwi authority.

After consideration, mana whenua may formally advise that a CVA is not needed. Such correspondence must be included within your resource cnsent application.


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