How Much Will it Cost?

Cost will depend on the scale and nature of the proposed activity, and the significance and magnitude of the potential effects on cultural values. Section 88(2)(b) requires that the detail of an AEE corresponds with the scale and significance of the effects the activity may have on the environment.

Advice from iwi/hapū groups through the preparation of a CIA report is the result of their expertise in the matters of cultural values. Advice sought from iwi/hapū on the effects of proposed activities should be regarded as technical advice, much like any other service provider of technical advice, such as ecological or hydrological assessments. Iwi/hapū advice should therefore be paid for at a similar rate to that of other professionals involved in resource management.

The cost of preparing the CIA, including deliverables and timeframes, should be agreed upon prior to the report-writing process and included in the terms of reference.