Enhancing Maori Contribution to Decision making

1.0  Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to acknowledge the value of Maori contribution to Council decision-making, and commit to strengthening relationships and enhancing opportunities for dialogue. 

2.0  Background

The Council values the contribution Maori make to Council decision-making. It also recognises the imposition the consultation demands of many organisations and pieces of legislation place on local Maori resources. Apart from the legislative requirements, the Council appreciates that the Maori perspective may offer a different view of local issues and is keen for those views to be included in its deliberations.

Section 81 of the Local Government Act 2002 requires all Local Authorities to develop ways that it can involve local Maori in the Council decision-making process.  This is not restricted to just matters directly affecting the Runanga and therefore the Council needs to provide opportunities for discussion on a wide range of matters in the early stages of policy development and planning. 

3.0  Key Definitions

Nil required

4.0  Policy

  1. The Council acknowledges the role of Arowhenua Runanga as the tangata whenua.
  2. The Council will encourage both formal and informal opportunities for developing a closer relationship with groups representing local Maori.
  3. The Council will respect the views expressed on behalf of local Maori and foster close collaboration at an operational level.
  4. The Council acknowledges that the involvement of local Maori in the Council decision making process is not restricted to matters directly affecting the Runanga.
  5. The Council will provide opportunities for discussion on a wide range of matters in the early stages of policy development and planning.
  6. The Mayor may enter in to a Memorandum of Understanding to formally recognise any such relationship and the expectations of it.

Adopted Policy & Development Committee 9 February 2016