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 symbol 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
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.
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