If there is an Iwi Management Plan for the Region/District Should I Still Consult?

Although iwi management plans (IMPs) form a basis for consultation and iwi/hapū involvement in resource management processes, they do not replace the need to engage tangata whenua, and wider Māori, in a meaningful way.

For councils preparing policies and plans , IMPs provide a useful starting point for iwi and hapū consultation and participation, including:

  • identifying the relevant tangata whenua, hapū and iwi authorities who may be affected by the proposed policy statement or plan

  • identifying methods to assist iwi/hapū to engage in plan preparation

  • identifying resource management issues of significance to iwi authorities in the region when preparing regional policy statements (section 62(1)(b)), and how those issues can be resolved in a manner consistent with cultural values

  • meeting the requirements of Schedule 1 (particularly clauses 3(1)(d), 3B, 3C) to consult with iwi authorities who may be affected by policy statements and plans.

For applicants for resource consent , IMPs provide a useful starting point for consultation/engagement including:

  • identifying the relevant iwi/hapū within the area subject to the proposed activity

  • identifying when an iwi or hapū may be considered an affected party by the council

  • identifying preferred methods of engagement and participation with tangata whenua

  • outlining the information and assistance required by the iwi or hapū in order to consider a proposal

  • identifying general issues of interest to tangata whenua and any particular sites or resources of importance

  • identifying areas where certain activities may or may not be supported by the iwi or hapū

  • guidance in assessing potential environmental effects of particular activities, including whether or not a cultural impact assessment may be beneficial for the application (see Frequently Asked Questions on Cultural Impact Assessments ).

For councils in assessing applications for resource consent , IMPs provide a useful starting point for consultation and engagement to:

  • identify the relevant iwi/hapū within the area subject to the application

  • help identify whether or not the iwi/hapū may be an affected person; that is, whether the iwi/hapū is 'affected in a manner different from the public generally' (see To Notify or Not to Notify? That is the Question for more information on identifying affected persons)

  • provide a starting point for understanding potential effects of a proposed activity on Māori cultural values when considering an application for resource consent (section 88)

  • identify where further information, in the form of a cultural impact assessment, may be desirable

  • address resource management matters considered important to iwi/hapū that need to be accorded appropriate weight under section 104.

There may be some information that iwi/hapū decide not to include in IMP. One of the challenges in preparing IMPs relates to the disclosure of sensitive information, such as the location of wāhi tapu. Therefore even if there is an IMP in the region/district, consultation with tangata whenua may still be necessary to fully identify issues and assess effects.

While IMPs help facilitate resource management processes for councils and applicants for resource consent, they are not a substitute for face-to-face consultation and engagement.