The Treaty of Waitangi sets New Zealand’s cultural context by formally recognising the unique relationship between Māori and the Crown. Through the Local Government Act 2002 and Resource Management Act 1991, there are statutory obligations conferred on local authorities to provide opportunities for Māori to contribute to the decision making processes of the local authority. Council must also consider ways in which it may foster the development of Māori capacity, to contribute to the decision-making process.
At a governance level, there are two Partnership Forums namely The Tauranga Moana Forum and the Te Arawa Forum - these forums advise Council or its Committees by report, on issues pertaining to Māori.
There are a number of mechanisms that provide for Māori input at an operational level. These include the Takawaenga unit, iwi/hapū management plans and partnering with Māori in co-governance and co-management arrangements.
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