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Focus area 5: Advance mana whenua rangatiratanga in leadership and decision-making and provide for customary rights

Mana whenua have a unique role to play in governance and leadership in Auckland. This is a role that they have undertaken for hundreds of years and which was instrumental in the establishment of Auckland.

Enabling partnerships with mana whenua in Tāmaki Makaurau honours our commitment to the Treaty and provides a pathway towards a future-focused dynamic, successful Auckland.

The Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum, a collective of the 19 hapū and iwi authorities, has identified several priorities to advance collectively:

  • supporting rangatira ki te rangatira relationships with central and local government
  • strengthening mana whenua and Māori identity in Auckland, with a particular focus on advancing te reo Māori in the public realm
  • partnering and influencing property and infrastructure development outcomes
  • protecting and enhancing natural resources and taonga tuku iho, with a particular focus on freshwater

  • advancing Māori economic development and advocating for improved education outcomes for rangatahi.

Achieving these aspirations requires partnership and collaboration with central and local government organisations.

The aspirations of iwi and hapū organisations to partner and collaborate with the private, third sectors and other iwi organisations can further create greater investment outcomes and opportunities that will advance the wellbeing of Tāmaki Makaurau the people and the place.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi settlements require hapū and iwi involvement in decision-making of natural resources through, for example, co-governance models. This ensures mātauranga and tikanga Māori are integrated into the management of these taonga.

This Treaty-based approach is exemplified by the Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority which focuses on the health and wellbeing of the maunga in all decisions.

Māori customary rights and interests will continue to evolve as te Tiriti o Waitangi settlements and legal provisions change, as has already occurred in coastal management and the fisheries sector. 

How this can be done

Efforts can focus on:

  • continuing to identify and protect sites of cultural heritage, particularly in the planning and development of Auckland
  • increasing reciprocal partnership, collaboration and decision-making opportunities with mana whenua, public, private and community partners
  • enabling kaitiakitanga outcomes in the management of natural resources and customary rights
  • advancing mana whenua priorities.

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