The Marlborough District Council acknowledges Marlborough's Tangata Whenua
(THE PEOPLE OF THE LAND)
About The Council's Relationships With Tangata Whenua
The Marlborough Regional Policy Statement (RPS) states:
The special relationship between iwi and the Council is recognised by the Resource Management Act. This relationship will mean that resource management is distinctly New Zealand in character and sensitive to local iwi values.
In Marlborough the following eight iwi have Tangata Whenua status.
- Ngai Tahu
- Ngati Apa
- Ngati Koata
- Ngati Kuia
- Ngati Rarua
- Ngati Toa
- Te Ati Awa
The dominant issues raised by the iwi of Marlborough are:
- The Maori holistic system of values
- Te Taha o Te Ao (environment)
- Te Taha Hinengaro (way of life)
- Te Taha Wairua (spiritual and customary values)
- Te Taha Tinana (healthy body)
- The need for the Council to recognise tino rangatiratanga and power-sharing
- The need to allow sufficient time for input and consultation
- Lack of iwi management resources
- Lack of iwi commercial development
- Water quality
- Pollution and waste management
- Waahi tapu
- Claims to the Waitangi Tribunal
- Specific locations such as the Wairau Lagoons and Port Underwood
- Introduced species
Several of these issues, including claims to the Waitangi Tribunal and lack of iwi commercial development, are beyond the control or jurisdiction of the Council to resolve in the RPS.
The RPS has identified the following principles:
- Recognise the concept of kaitiakitanga and the Treaty of Waitangi.
- Incorporate where appropriate, the aspirations, heritage and values of the iwi of Marlborough into resource management decision making.
- Provide for an iwi representative on the Council committee responsible for resource management.
- Establish systems so that consultation with iwi occurs on resource consent applications, plan and policy preparation and changes.
- Provide information to iwi on the Council's role in resource management planning and the Resource Management Act.
- The Council will recognise the Tangata Whenua as having the role of kaitiakitanga of Marlborough's coastal environment.
- To enhance relationships between Kaitiaki (Guardians) and the Council, for Resource Management Act purposes.
Council's Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP ) states:
The Mana Whenua of Marlborough iwi is acknowledged through the Long term Council Community Plan. Marlborough District Council will work with iwi and with Maataa Waka, to find ways and means of achieving positive outcomes for Maori in Marlborough and in particular, building the capacity of Maori to contribute to Council's decision-making processes.
Marlborough iwi, and Marlborough Maataa Waka, make an important contribution to community wellbeing for Maori, and for the wider community. Progressing Treaty of Waitangi settlements with the Crown is understood to be a principal objective of Marlborough iwi, and Council is committed to assisting these processes as it can and according to the preferences of each iwi.
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Representation on Council
Council has to each of its Standing Committees an iwi representative. These appointed representatives have full speaking and voting rights as accorded to elected members.
The Maori Advisory Komiti was established under a Memorandum of Understanding in 1997. The Memorandum sets out the intention of both parties to support a partnership between Tangata Whenua iwi and Council.
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Contact Details For Marlborough Iwi
|Ngati Koata Trust
||PO Box 1659,
|(03) 548 1639|
|Te Runanga a Rangitane o Wairau
||PO Box 883,
|(03) 578 6180|
|Te Runanga O Ngati Kuia
||PO Box 1046,
|(03) 579 4328|
PO Box 708,
|(03) 578 9695|
|Te Runanga o Kaikoura Inc
||PO Box 39,
|(03) 319 6523|
|Te Atiawa Manawhenua Ki Te Tau Ihu Trust
||PO Box 340,
|(03) 573 5170|
|Ngati Toarangatira Manawhenua Ki Te Tau Ihu Trust
||PO Box 5061,
|(03) 577 8801|
|Ngati Rarua Trust
||PO Box 1026,
|(03) 577 8468|