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Maori Engagement StrategyTūhono mai tūhono ātu

Central Hawke's Bay District Council adopted the Maori engagement strategy in September 2020. The document plays a significant role in acknowledging Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership obligations and ensures that as a local authority we continue to consider and promote the current and future opportunities for Māori wellbeing.  Dr Roger Maaka Kaiarahi Matua promotes the document as a “significant 16. Nga Taonga O Tamatea exhibition Jackie Lowry photo 2symbol of Treaty partnership” and that it “covers all bases, representing an entire attitude for council”.

The ongoing commitment to bi-cultural development saw the appointment of Pam Kupa, in the role of Pou Whātuia in November 2020.  The initial key priorities for this role has been establishing a realistic work and action plan that is based on the four priorities of the strategy:

1. Whiriwhiria / Council-iwi relationships

2. Tikanga / Language, culture and place

3. Oranga / People and prosperity

4. Rauemi / Infrastructure and resources

As well as the development of work and action plans in the initial phase the work has involved

  1. 17. Nga Taonga O Tamatea exhibition Jackie Lowry photo 3Relationship building with hapu & iwi
  2. District Plan consultation with marae and hapu
  3. Implementing a programme of cultural learning into the council taking into account the results from cultural capacity surveys
  4. Developing a communication plan
  5. Provide support for Te Taiwhenua o Tamatea and council projects
  6. Development of an advisory group

The need for a reciprocal Maori Strategy from Marae has been requested which will involve further discussion and will play an integral in ongoing collaboration to improve community outcomes. 

E ora ngātahi ana!  Together we thrive!

Click here to read our Maori Engagement Strategy - Tūhono mai tūhono ātu


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