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Iwi Hapu Management Plans

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:

​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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