Council’s relationship with Ngai Tahu, Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga

An important stated outcome the Council aims to achieve is that public effect is given to the spirit of the Treaty of Waitangi. A key way towards achieving this aim is for the Council and Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga through the MOU to continue to build their relationship.

Each year in the Council’s published Annual Report is a disclosure which summarises the actions taken by the Council to give effect to these outcomes.

The Council also has important relationships with the Trustees and descendant land owners of various areas in the District reserved for Māori, stretching back to the 1840s, but a small fraction of the original extent of land held by Māori. This includes land in a number of Māori Reserves, the most significant being MR873 which encompasses around 1,000 hectares between Rangiora, Kaiapoi and Woodend. Dialogue and cooperation with the Trustees of the Marae at Tuahiwi, the Kaiapoi Pa Trustees and the Trustees of the Fenton Reserve and Entitlements at the Ashley-Rakahuri river estuary is important to the Council.

The Council also has a significant partnering relationship with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. This arises in particular from working together as part of implementing the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy (UDS) and now the Resilient Greater Christchurch Plan.

The significance of these documents and the collaborative actions they mandate to improve the wellbeing of Greater Christchurch has grown measurably from the joint efforts since 2010 to recover from the effects of the Canterbury Earthquakes.