Treaty of Waitangi

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The Local Government Act 2002 recognises and respects the Crown’s obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi by placing some specific obligations on councils.

The Act includes requirements for councils to:

  • ensure they provide opportunities for Māori to contribute to decision-making processes
  • establish and maintain processes for Māori to contribute to decision-making
  • consider ways in which they can foster the development of Māori capacity to contribute to decision-making processes
  • provide relevant information to Māori
  • take into account the relationship of Māori and their culture and traditions with their ancestral land, water, sites, wāhi tapu, valued flora and fauna, and other taonga.

These provisions apply to all Māori in the city, district, or region. They acknowledge that Māori other than mana whenua may be resident in the area.

The intent is for both local authorities and Māori organisations to move beyond engaging on matters of environmental and cultural importance only.