Participation of mana whenua in RMA processes
Waitaki District Council partnership acknowledgement
The WDC seeks to work in partnership with Kāi Tahu and will engage with the iwi authority, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, via the Papatipu Rūnaka for this District. WDC is committed to meeting its responsibilities under Te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi and statutory obligations under the RMA.
The Waitaki District Council recognises the mana whenua and tino rakatirataka of Kāi Tahu over their resources and taoka and the Waitaki District Council’s commitment to its Treaty responsibilities is reflected throughout this Plan. The Council and Te Rūnanga o Moeraki have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (2016) which outlines the shared commitment to partnership. WDC will work to ensure that its policies and actions recognise and protect mana whenua rights and interests within Waitaki District.
The WDC will consult Te Rūnanga o Moeraki, Te Rūnanga o Waihao, Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua and Te Rūnanga o Kati Huirapa ki Puketeraki, through Aukaha, on all matters related to the mana whenua values and interests identified in this Plan and will maintain regular and open communication with Aukaha on resource management matters and processes.