Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Significant agreement for NRC and Te Uri o Hau

Date: 06 August, 2012

Significant agreement for NRC and Te Uri o Hau

The Northland Regional Council and Te Uri o Hau have rekindled their ongoing relationship, signing a special agreement giving the Kaipara hapū a more active role in the management of its tribal area.

The Office of Treaty Settlements recommended a number of parties enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ngati Whatua sub-tribe as part of the settlement of a Treaty of Waitangi grievance claim by Te Uri o Hau in 2003.

The council and hapū felt it was time to update the historic MoU to reaffirm the partnership after changes to governance and staff in both organisations.

Signatories at a Whāngārei ceremony which recently (subs: Wednesday 01 August) formalised the new memorandum included senior representatives of the regional council and Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust.

All parties have hailed the signing as a significant milestone that will bring a number of environmental, economic and social development benefits to the signatory organisations and the wider community.

Regional council Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Nicolson says the memorandum comes off the back of the recently released hapū environmental management plan – Te Uri o Hau Kaitiakitanga o te Taiao.

“The new environmental plan marked an historic milestone for the Kaipara hapū’s role in managing its natural and physical resources,” says Mr Nicolson.

“The plan, alongside a proposed habitat and wildlife strategy for Mangawhai – Te Arai Wildlife Areas – and today’s MoU, are all great initiatives from Te Uri o Hau.

“The regional council is building strength in its relationship with Te Uri o Hau and the MoU provides a way for us to work together to better support their objectives.”

Te Uri o Hau Chairperson Mihi Watene says the new MoU rekindles the relationship that the hapū embarked on many years ago.

“One of the key issues for us is the ongoing management of the Kaipara Harbour, which sits within the Northland and Auckland regions and is impacted by the land use rules of at least five different councils,” says Mrs Watene.

“The MoU will enable us to look at synergies in planning regimes and provide for better co-operation in the management of the harbour as a whole.”

Mr Nicolson says the health of the Kaipara Harbour, which receives fresh water from two-thirds of Northland’s catchments, is high on the regional council’s agenda.

“The Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group – an initiative led by Te Uri o Hau that also includes the region’s three district councils, the regional council, Department of Conservation and others – looks holistically at the health of the harbour,” he says.

“The MoU with Te Uri o Hau builds on the work of this group as a footprint for a better working relationship and the development of a streamlined and integrated regime for the Kaipara Harbour.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The SFO’s Investigation Of New Zealand First

On one level. New Zealand First has been the agent of its own misfortune. The New Zealand First Foundation handling the donations at the centre of the Serious Fraud Office investigation was reportedly (a) authorised by the NZF party’s board and (b)the money was apparently used to finance the party’s activities. Yet the disclosure trail remained opaque. According to its critics, NZF can’t have it both ways: it can’t claim that the foundation and the party were entirely separate legal entities, and then go to court to try and block the SFO from releasing its findings because of the likely impact on the party’s electoral fortunes... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Whether This Election Is Already A Foregone Conclusion

Currently, this election looks like being a no contest. The weekend’s Newshub poll has the centre left enjoying a roughly 57-36% lead over the centre right. Labour is on 50.1% and the Greens 6.5%, while National remains in the dreaded 20s at 29.6% More>>


Serious Fraud Office: Files Charges In Relation To NZ First Foundation Donations

The SFO has filed a charge of ‘Obtaining by Deception’ against two defendants in the New Zealand First Foundation electoral funding case. The charges were filed on 23 September. The defendants have interim name suppression and so cannot be named ... More>>


Economy: Business Leaders’ Confidence Tanks As Top Kiwi CEOs Vent Their Frustrations

The New Zealand Herald’s Mood of the Boardroom 2020 Election Survey has been released with top business leaders saying New Zealand’s Covid-19 recovery is in peril – and they want a decisive role with Government in the country’s future. The annual ... More>>


Poll: Newshub-Reid Research Poll Shows National Rising But Labour Still Governing Alone

With less than three weeks to go, Labour remains in a position where it could govern alone in the latest Newshub-Reid Research poll* on 50.1% - down 10.8 percentage points. National has risen slightly to 29.6% (up 4.5 percentage points), but even with the ... More>>


Government: Taking Action To Reduce Waste And Plastics

Phase out single use and hard to recycle plastics by 2025 Create a $50m Plastics Innovation Fund to develop alternatives Standardise kerbside recycling The Labour Party is taking the next step in removing plastic rubbish from our oceans and environment ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Last Night’s Leaders Debate

Do political debates change voter intentions, and cause voters to switch sides? According to a 2019 Harvard Business School study conducted across 61 elections in nine countries involving 172,000 respondents, the answer would seem to be a resounding ... More>>


Dunne Speaks: The Election Campaign Just Grinds Slowly On And On

With just over three weeks until the General Election, the release of the first major pre-election opinion poll this week confirmed what was already being reported about this year’s campaign. Although the gap between Labour and National has narrowed ... More>>

Electoral Commission: Candidate And Party Lists Released

17 registered political parties and 677 candidates will be contesting the 2020 General Election Nominations have now closed and the Electoral Commission has released the electorate and party list candidates for 2020 online at vote.nz . Advance voting ... More>>

National: Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity

National’s Economic and Fiscal Plan carefully balances the need to invest in infrastructure and core public services while also reducing tax pressure on Kiwi families and businesses. National Leader Judith Collins and Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith unveiled National’s ... More>>






InfoPages News Channels