The iwi authority mandating process being used and advice to local authorities - Te Ati Awa and Kapiti Coast District Council

Chris Matenga made this Official Information request to Ministry of Māori Development

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From: Chris Matenga

Dear Ministry of Māori Development,

Kapiti Coast District Council says it uses TPK advice to limit its Maori consultation to three 'whakaminenga' groups in the kapiti area (Ati Awa, Toa, Raukawa) and has chosen to discharge its duties with - one of them being Te Ati Awa Charitable Trust. Since the 'mandated iwi authority' terms have recently turned up in RMA legislation, it seems councils are taking an iwi saying it is 'mandated' as an excuse to ignore other iwi groups/Maori and their relationship with the whenua, particularly with regard to the RMA.

Under the official information Act would you provide any specific advice TPK has provided to KCDC regarding this over the past three years or whenever the 'mandated iwi authority' terminology from the RMA came into being (whichever is longer). More particularly could you provide a copy of any information you have access to which explains how Te Ati Awa ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust is regarded as an iwi authority for purposes of the RMA as noted on your website Te Kahui Mangai or any other formal channels that KCDC may be informed by. What process does TPK have in any such recognition (other than iwi groups self-claiming).

Aside from the disclaimer on the TKM website - what other information do you hold that would lead KCDC to report TPK has advised it to only deal with said trust instead of other Maori in the related rohe. What information do you hold regarding a process that enables other iwi or hapu groups to be recognised as authorities for RMA purposes?

Happy to have any information electronically.

Ngga mihi
Chris Matenga

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