Tangata Whenua roles and interests

Objective D1 is to provide for the involvement of iwi and hapu, and to ensure that tangata whenua values and interests are identified and reflected in the management of fresh water including associated ecosystems, and decision- making regarding freshwater planning, including on how all other objectives of this national policy statement are given effect to.

Specific guidance for local authorities is set out in Policy D1 which states that reasonable steps shall be taken to: (a) Involve iwi and hapu in the management of fresh water and freshwater ecosystems in the region; (b) Work with iwi and hapu to identify tangata whenua values and interests in water and freshwater ecosystems in the region; and (c) Reflect tangata whenua values and interests in the management of, and decision-making regarding, fresh water and freshwater ecosystems in the region.

This objective and suite of policies will now need to be read together with the Te Mana o te Wai provisions.

Last updated at 6:00PM on November 16, 2017