Te wāhi ki ngā mana whenua

Role of mana whenua

​The role of mana whenua is anchored on the premise that Auckland’s climate response sits within the wider context of the wellbeing of the whole living system of Tāmaki Makaurau – Te Ora ō Tāmaki Makaurau.

The wellbeing of Tāmaki Makaurau is dependent on the regeneration of symbiotic-whakapapa relationships between nature, people and place and focuses on ecological, social, cultural and economic transformation that achieves balance and harmony.

Principles that underpin the role of mana whenua

  • Whakapapa centred approach to understanding and enabling the transformation of well-being.
  • Mātauranga-Māramatanga mana whenua forming the foundation to restoring balance with our ātua tupuna/ primal ancestors.
  • Kaitiakitanga – practical expression of our obligations and responsibilities of the kaitaikitanga of Tāmaki Makaurau.
  • Manaakitanga – according mana and value to the people of Tāmaki Makaurau, and in particular our wider Māori communities.
  • Whakamana Te Tiriti ō Waitangi – working in partnership with Council and the Crown to protect the whole living system of Tāmaki Makaurau and to enable the participation of mana whenua and Māori communities in the leadership and decision-making in relation to Auckland’s climate commitments.


Each mana whenua iwi of Tāmaki Makaurau holds its own independent mana and authority and are developing their own respective climate plans and action programmes.

Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum will continue to navigate and influence a regional approach to climate response.


Each mana whenua iwi will engage and partner with the council, the Crown, community and the business sector as part of Auckland’s climate response.

Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum will work with the council and the Crown to monitor and evaluate the state of wellbeing of Tāmaki Makaurau.


Mana whenua will work and both a local, regional, national and international level to navigate and influence indigenous response to the regeneration and transformation of ecological, social, cultural and wellbeing.