Partnership with Māori and iwi - He Waka Hourua

Council is committed to strengthening partnerships with iwi and Māori of Te Tauihu and to providing opportunities for Māori involvement in Council decision-making processes in a meaningful way.

This includes an intention to:

  • Build genuine partnerships with all eight Te Tau Ihu iwi at governance, management and operational levels
  • Support iwi to participate in local government decision-making
  • Increase Council’s understanding of te reo Māori me ōnā tikanga (Māori language and culture)
  • Support iwi aspirations.

Actions planned for 2023/24 include:

  • Work towards Te Tauihu Partnership Agreement with our eight iwi and neighbouring Tasman and Marlborough councils
  • Waitangi, Matariki and Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) celebrations
  • Provide opportunities for consultative and representative collaboration with Te Tauihu iwi
  • Continue to implement and review Te Parikaranga, iwi engagement tool
  • Implement a five-year Toi Māori Arts workplan
  • Support the implementation of Council’s Te Puāwaitanga Cultural Competency Framework.
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