Resource consents and consultation with Tangata Whenua


Number of consents tangata whenua consulted on
Types of consents requiring tangata whenua consultation
Satisfaction of tangata whenua with consultation
Purpose of monitoring
The purpose of monitoring consent numbers and types is to know whether the policies and rules for the Lakes A Zone are being effective, being given effect, and also to know what kind of changes to the environment might be expected.
In particular, monitoring for this indicator is to determine how effective, appropriate and meaningful consultation with tangata whenua has been.
Current trends
An average of ten percent of resource consents granted in the Lakes A Zone involved Iwi consultation. Rule 41.1 of the Lakes A Zone requires tangata whenua to be consulted for all applications in the Lakes A Zone prior to application. Most applications prepared by consultants complied; however applications from the general public often had not involved consultation prior to application. To ensure that all applications are considered by tangata whenua, the Iwi Consultative Committee reviews all resource consent applications (for both Lakes A Zone and the wider district) and advises whether further consultation is required.
The Iwi Consultative Committee is made up of three kaumatua who represent Tuhourangi Ngāti Wahiao, Tumatawera, Ngāti Tarawhai and Ngāti Pikiao.  There is also one representative from the Te Arawa Lakes Trust. If this committee advises consultation then the applicant is to consult with the stated tangata whenua before the application can be considered.
During 2011 the Committee found it difficult to meet so letters were sent to each representative, for continued advice on consultation. It was later decided that rather than go to the Committee, a list of all received resource consent applications be sent to Rotorua District Council’s Kaupapa Maori Department to decide whether applications should be referred to the Iwi Consultative Committee, and then to tangata whenua if required.
Figure 1
Source: Rotorua District Council

All consents in the Lakes A Zone that have required consultation were with Tuhourangi, Ngati Hinemihi, and Te Roopu Manaaki and/ or the Tuhourangi Tribal Authority (figure 2).
There is a range of types of resource consents for which consultation was required (figure 3).  For each consent granted a consent condition is included to the effect that if anything of archaeological or cultural significance is discovered during works, then works must stop immediately and Historic Places Trust and relevant Iwi or tangata whenua be advised and consulted with.  One such case occurred in 2009/10 where earthworks were being carried out for construction of a building when human remains were found.  Work on the site was stopped and the appropriate protocol was carried out with Iwi, Historic Places Trust and the police. 

Figure 2
Source: Rotorua District Council
Figure 3
Source: Rotorua District Council
A meeting will be held in February 2013 with tangata whenua of the Lakes A Zone area to determine whether they are satisfied with Iwi consultation and the consultation methods.  One of the desired outcomes for this meeting is to decide on how best to consult with Iwi in the future.  Feedback from this meeting will be reported on in future.
In Summary
  • An average of 10% of all consents granted in the Lakes A Zone required tangata whenua consultation
  • Consents requiring consultation were with Tuhourangi, Hinemihi and the Tuhourangi Tribal Authority
Further information sources

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