Consult early with tangata whenua

Consult with tangata whenua early on to identify sites of significance to them. Where any sites of significance are identified, involve a cultural heritage professional early on in the design process.

Key points to consider:

  • Local councils often have iwi liaison officers who can indicate where advice on tangata whenua values should be sought
  • Iwi will often wish to liaise with any archaeological assessors engaged by the developer
  • A cultural heritage expert will assess the heritage values of the site and advise on how to design the development to minimise any negative effects on those values
  • Cultural heritage experts can also offer guidance on how best to embody and enhance the cultural heritage features in the design

Desirable example: Harbour Link, Tauranga where tangata whenua were consulted with early on in the planning process and cultural experts engaged

Last updated at 12:21PM on November 23, 2017