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Tangata Whenua

We work with council and our community to engage with Tangata Whenua

Working with iwi

Hawke’s Bay has a diverse and culturally rich landscape. Māori are Treaty partners as mana whenua and key members of our community.

  • Māori represent over a quarter of the region’s population (1)
  • There are 11 iwi groups, 91 hapū (2) and 79 marae (3) throughout Hawke’s Bay
  • 8 iwi groups are represented post-settlement governance entities (PSGEs) on the Hawkes Bay Regional Planning Committee
  • Ngāti Kahungunu with Rongomaiwahine, coastal area is said to be from Paritū north of Mahia to Tūrakirae on the south Wellington Coast. Ngāti  Kahungunu Iwi Inc composes six Taiwhenua (4) with governance entities and operations on the ground, 4 of which are within the region • 6.8% of Hawke’s Bay speak Te Reo Māori (5)
  • Over 11% of Hawke’s Bay’s 1.42 million hectares is Māori freehold land (6)
  • There has been $447 million of financial redress in recent Treaty settlements. This will increase with future settlements.(7)

Māori make a significant contribution to our region both as mana whenua and treaty partners and also through their ownership of assets; to economic development; participation in co-governance and their growing influence as kaitiaki in the conservation, preservation and management of our natural resources.

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  • Te Pou Whakarae – Pieri Munro
  • Te Rangihau Gilbert - Senior Advisor – Māori Partnerships
  • Jack Smith-Ballingall - Manager Central and Internal Relationships - Iwi Engagement
  • Nathan Heath - Māori Relationship Manager Northern HB – Māori Partnerships
  • Anthony Tipene-Matua - Māori Relationship Manager Southern HB - Māori Partnerships
  • Te Kaha Hawaikirangi - Kaihautū Pūtaiao - Mātauranga Māori - Iwi Engagement

The Group works with Council to:

  • Provide quality advice and strategic support and leadership to the Council, chief executive, senior leadership, and wider staff in order to enable effective partnerships, engagement, and meaningful participation with tāngata whenua
  • Work with teams across Council to ensure the effective operation of the Council’s Māori Standing Committee and Regional Planning Committee
  • Ensure that the Council is informed of Māori perspectives, and is meeting its Māori-specific statutory and Treaty Settlement obligations.
  • Support Council staff and elected councillors to develop an understanding of Te Ao Māori (Māori world view) and recognise, acknowledge and partner with Tāngata Whenua entities across our region.

Pātaka - Our Maori Resource Management Tool

PATAKA LOGOAccess the Pataka mapping tool

This tool uses digital mapping to show the location and extent of iwi and hapū resources in Hawke's Bay. Pātaka brings together all the information held by local and regional Councils, and gives tangata whenua a resource to assist their roles as this region’s kaitiaki.  It gives the public access to mapping tools and data without needing specialist Geographic Information System (GIS) skills, thanks to a viewer developed by Hawke’s Bay Local Authority Shared Services Ltd (HBLASS). Pātaka includes the location and contact information for each local marae, customary marine titles, protected customary rights and any iwi/hapū management plans that are available.


What is an Iwi/Hapu Management Plan (IHMP)?

Iwi/hapu management plans are tools for understanding the concerns of tangata whenua that may relate to resource management and council planning. 

View iwi/hapu maps online - check the geographical extent of a Iwi/Hapu Management Plan using our online maps

There is no prescribed format for an IHMP. However a IHMP is generally a policy statement that formalises the intent of tangata whenua regarding their social, economic, cultural and environmental development.  It puts this intent into a form where, once recognised by the Iwi Authority and lodged with a council, it must be considered in council statutory processes under the Resource Management Act 1991 (the Act).

The IHMP helps councils to meet statutory obligations under the Act and as a Treaty partner, it provides clarity on issues of significance to tangata whenua, including clarifying the desired process of engagement for the specific hapu.  The IHMP helps tangata whenua raise their important resource management issues in a way where councils must take them into account when preparing or changing regional or district plans.

Developing an Iwi/Hapu Management Plan

Guidance for developing IHMP’s is available on the Ministry for the Environment's website- Te Raranga a Mahi: Developing environmental management plans for whanau, hapu and iwi.

Lodging a Iwi/Hapu Management Plan

To ensure that the Regional Council takes into account the IHMP, it must be first recognised by the relevant Iwi Authority then lodged with the Regional Council. 

All IHMP’s must be accompanied by:

  • a completed Lodgement Form
  • an electronic copy of the document 
  • a map (electronic if possible).  

​Tangata whenua can choose how they want to serve the IHMP on the Regional Council. We welcome an invitation to come to a chosen marae, or iwi/hapu can attend a Regional Planning Committee meeting. Once the Regional Council has recieved the IHMP it will be posted on the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council website and we will take it into account when we are changing our regional plans.



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