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Tangata Whenua

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:

  • Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui
  • Te Rūnanga a Rangitāne o Wairau
  • Ngāti Toa Rangatira Ki Wairau
  • Ngāti Apa Ki Te Rā Tō
  • Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Kuia
  • Ngāti Kōata
  • Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua
  • Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura

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
  • Wāhi 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:

  1. Recognise the concept of kaitiakitanga and the Treaty of Waitangi.
  2. Incorporate where appropriate, the aspirations, heritage and values of the iwi of Marlborough into resource management decision making.
  3. Provide for an iwi representative on the Council committee responsible for resource management.
  4. Establish systems so that consultation with iwi occurs on resource consent applications, plan and policy preparation and changes.
  5. Provide information to iwi on the Council's role in resource management planning and the Resource Management Act.
  6. The Council will recognise the Tangata Whenua as having the role of kaitiakitanga of Marlborough's coastal environment.
  7. 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.

Te Tau Ihu Iwi Statutory Acknowledgements

Statutory acknowledgements for each of the Te Tau Ihu iwi form part of the respective Treaty of Waitangi settlements with the Crown. The settlements were legislated in 2014 and were enacted on 1 August 2014. These statutory acknowledgements recognise particular cultural, spiritual, historical and traditional associations of each iwi to particular sites/areas. Te Tau Ihu Statutory Acknowledgements are an attachment to the Marlborough Regional Policy Statement, the Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan and the Wairau/Awatere Resource Management Plan.

Note that these extend across the Marlborough District, Tasman District and Nelson City.

See Ngāi Tahu Statutory Acknowledgements

The settlement for Ngai Tahu was legislated in 1998 and enacted on 1 October 1998

Contact Details For Marlborough Iwi

Name Address Phone
Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō PO Box 708,
Blenheim 7240
03 578 9695
Ngāti Kо̄ata Trust PO Box 1659,
Nelson 7040
03 548 1639
Ngāti Rārua Trust PO Box 1026,
Blenheim 7240
03 577 8468
Ngāti Toarangatira Manawhenua Ki Te Tau Ihu Trust PO Box 5061,
Blenheim 7240
03 577 8801
Te Ātiawa Manawhenua Ki Te Tau Ihu Trust PO Box 340,
Picton 7250
03 573 5170
Te Rūnanga a Rangitāne o Wairau PO Box 883,
Blenheim 7240
03 578 6180
Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura Inc PO Box 39,
Kaikoura 7340
03 319 6523
Te Rūnanga O Ngāti Kuia PO Box 1046,
Blenheim 7240
03 579 4328

Iwi Management Plans

The following documents have been lodged with the Marlborough District Council and can be requested via the relevant iwi authority.

  • Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui Iwi Environmental Management Plan
  • Te Tau Ihu Mahi Tuna (Nelson/North Marlborough) Eel Management Plan
  • Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura Environmental Management Plan
  • Ngati Koata Iwi Management Plan
  • Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Kuia Pakohe Management Plan
  • Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Freshwater Policy
  • Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua Environmental Strategy - Poipoia Te Ao Tūroa
  • Statutory Acknowledgements

    Statutory acknowledgements for each of the Te Tau Ihu iwi form part of the respective Treaty of Waitangi settlements with the Crown. Note that these extend across Marlborough, Tasman and Nelson.