Working relationship between local authorities and iwi
November 19, 2012
Working relationship between local authorities
and iwi strengthened
A new chapter has begun in
the relationship between Ngai Tahu in Otago and local
authorities in the region.
A governance charter signifying
the creation of Te Ropu Taiao Otago was signed in Dunedin
last Friday alongside a meeting of the Otago Mayoral
The group’s initial membership is: the Otago
Regional Council, Dunedin City Council, Clutha District
Council, Central Otago District Council, and the Hokonui,
Otakou, Puketeraki, and Moeraki runanga.
Forum and ORC chairman Stephen Woodhead said the group will
act as a forum between Ngai Tahu and local authorities in
Otago to facilitate better mutual understanding, improve iwi
engagement and resourcing for council-oriented business, and
foster and grow iwi capacity in local
“Waitaki District Council and Queenstown
Lakes District Council will be welcomed onto the group at
some time in the future,” Mr Woodhead said.
an important step in the development of the working
relationship between local government and iwi in Otago,
which can only benefit the region and the collective
stewardship of our precious natural resources,” he
The group’s objectives include developing a
combined work programme to ensure iwi participation in
resource management, which will also help local authorities
to fulfil their statutory obligations to iwi.
spokesman Edward Ellison said the formation of the group was
a significant event in terms of improving collaboration
between iwi and local government in Otago.
will make it easier for iwi to communicate with and work
alongside Otago councils at the level of strategic planning
and policy development”, Mr Ellison said
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