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Auckland Council

How we work with Māori in our decision-making

Our relationship with Māori

We recognise Te Tiriti o Waitangi / the Treaty of Waitangi as New Zealand’s founding document. Our relationship with and responsibilities to Māori are grounded by this and guided by relevant law.

To enable Māori to work with us, we are committed to fostering the development of Māori capacity to contribute to our decision-making.

Our partnership with mana whenua

We provide opportunities for Māori to contribute to our decision-making processes, placing particular importance on our partnership relationship with the 19 mana whenua authorities of Tāmaki Makaurau.

We recognise the enduring presence, aspirations and cultural obligations of mana whenua as kaitiaki (stewards) in Tāmaki Makaurau and we will always take this into account in decisions related to:

  • ancestral land, water, sites, and waahi tapu
  • valued flora and fauna
  • other taonga.

The importance of our relationships with the Māori community

Our relationships with the wider Māori community are important in planning for social, economic, and cultural activities and outcomes.

Mana whenua and the Resource Management Act 1991

See Engaging with mana whenua for more information on engaging with mana whenua in the context of the Resource Management Act 1991.