Partnership with iwi
Ngāi Tahu are tangata whenua in Southland. They have a special status in terms of our resource management activities, and our relationship with them is recognised as a productive partnership. We continue to develop our relationships with all rūnanga in Southland through Te Ao Mārama Inc (the Iwi liaison entity representing Southland rūnanga for resource management and local government issues) and with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, the iwi authority.
Charter of Understanding
A Charter of Understanding - He Huaraki mō Ngā Uri Whakatupu - is in place between Invercargill City Council, Southland District Council, Gore District Council, Environment Southland, Clutha District Council, Queenstown Lakes District Council, Otago Regional Council and the four papatipu rūnanga in Murihiku.
The Charter is based on a co-management model, and is unique in the South Island. It sets out the basis and conduct of the councils and rūnanga in the context of the Local Government Act 2002 and Resource Management Act 1991, and provides the basis for Māori to contribute to the decision-making process via Te Rōpū Taiao.
Te Rōpū Taiao
Te Rōpū Taiao is a joint management committee established in the 1990s to develop relationships between the local authorities and tangata whenua of Murihiku. The committee primarily deals with higher level decision making concerning environmental resource management within local government. The group, which meets four times a year, is made up of representatives from councils in Southland and Otago and the four papatipu rūnanga in Murihiku.
Iwi Management Plan - Te Tangi a Tauira
The Plan provides a living, working document that assists Ngāi Tahu ki Murihiku to effectively participate in natural resource and environmental policy and planning. It enables council to ensure iwi issues and policies are provided for in planning documents and determines the nature and extent of consultation required, with respect to specific activities or areas of importance.
Te Ao Mārama Incorporated
Te Ao Mārama Incorporated looks after manawhenua interests in resource management and other aspects related to local government in Southland. It is authorised to represent the four Ngāi Tahu papatipu runanga in Murihiku/Southland. It is involved in the protection of the spiritual and cultural values of the region, including wahi tapu (sacred places), mahinga kai (gathering of food and resources) and other natural resources.