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"E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatangamaha o Te Moana ā Toi Te Huatahi tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. E ngā iwi me te hāpori Māori, mai Ngā Kuri a Wharei ki Tihirau, mai Maketū ki Tongariro me huri noa i te motu kei te mihi, kei te mihi, kei te mihi atu"

Te Moana ā Toi Te Huatahi: Bay of Plenty Region  

Bay of Plenty's Māori landscape is culturally rich and dynamic. Our region's population is 28 percent Māori. Of the region's land area, 38 percent is in Māori ownership, with 1800 Māori Land Trusts managing these assets. There are 34 iwi, over 142 hapū and more than 200 marae located across the region. Te Arawa, Mataatua, Nukutere, Takitimu, Horouta and Tainui are the Waka groupings. See Iwi by Māori Constituency 2011 (14.8MB, PDF).

Te Moana a Toi-te-Huatahi is the recognised Māori name for the region that translates to "The Ocean of Toi of the First Fruits". The region has a range of pristine natural landscapes including the Rotorua Te Arawa lakes, Tauranga harbour, Ōhiwa harbour and the Whakatāne, Kaituna, Rangitāiki and Wairoa rivers. These natural resources are some of the jewels (taonga) of the region.   


Māori Capacity Conference

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has just hosted Te Tōanga Mai o Te Rā: Enhancing Māori Capacity Conference to share knowledge, skills and experiences with iwi-Māori of the Bay of Plenty region. Read more about the presentations here.


Te Rōpū Kaitohutohu Māori: Māori Policy Section

The Māori Policy Section is part of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Strategic Development Group. This section consists of a Māori Policy Manager and three Māori Policy Advisors based in Whakatāne, Tauranga and Rotorua. Some of our work includes:

  • Providing advice on Treaty claims and settlements
  • Supporting the Māori Committee and Councillors
  • Supporting the development of hapū and iwi management plans
  • Facilitating initiatives to building Māori capacity
  • Building staff awareness and understanding of the importance of cultural competency
  • Providing a conduit to improve or establish Council-Māori relationships.  

The Māori Policy Section has developed a Māori Engagement Toolkit for Regional Council staff to use to assist them in engaging with Māori.  

Māori Constituencies

Bay of Plenty Regional Council (Māori Constituency Empowering) Act 2001 established the three Māori Constituencies. The Regional Council became the first territorial authority to provide for Māori representation in local government. Councillors are elected to each constituency by residents on the Māori electoral roll. Māori Councillors are members of Council and fully participate in our decision-making processes.    

Māori Committee

Māori Committee of Council was established in 2006. Its primary function is to implement and monitor Council's legislative oblications to Māori. Māori Committee meetings are held on marae across the region to enhance participation. Committee members include three Māori Constituency Councillors, two general Councillors and the Council Chairman (ex-offico). Anyone is welcome at meetings of the Māori Committee.

Hapu/Iwi Resource Management Plans

Hapu/Iwi Resource Management Plans (HIMP) documents approved by iwi are taken into account by Council in the management of the region's natural resources. HIMPs identify cultural and natural features important to Māori and outline consultation processes. Funding is available for iwi/hapu that are in the process of creating a new plan, or revising an existing HIMP document. 

Making Good Decisions Sponsorship

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council sponsors three iwi representatives each year to attend the Making Good Decisions training programme. The programme provides resource management decision makers with the skills to run fair and effective hearings and to make informed decision. Making Good Decisions Application Form (194KB, PDF).    

Māori Contact Database

The Māori Policy section maintains a Māori Contact Database to asist our work, which records contact details of hapū, iwi and Māori groups of the region. Please provide any changes to iwi and hapū contact details so that we can maintain an up-to-date database.


The Bay of Plenty Treaty of Waitangi Settlement Landscape

Bay of Plenty region's Treaty landscape is a dynamic space. Waitangi Tribunal has held 16 historical Inquiries across the region identifying Treaty breaches. The region's iwi have used the reports to support negotiations of several comprehensive Treaty settlements with the Office of Treaty Settlements. We expect the region's iwi to settle all of their historical Treaty claims comprehensively soon.   

See Bay of Plenty Region's Treaty Settlement Landscape 2013 (indicative) Map (356 KB, JPG)

Ngā Marae of the Bay of Plenty Region

There are more than 200 marae across the region. Marae are the cultural and political centres for whānau, hapū and iwi. Marae are waahi tapu where ritual encounters are performed (pōwhiri), important issues debated (wānanga), celebrations are held (whakangahau), and where our deceased lie (tangihanga).

Ngā Marae ā Rohe Map (2011) includes a tool bar below the map that allows you to scroll across or zoom in on specific marae, areas or districts for close-up views by using the four arrows and "+" and "-" keys.             

The Trinity: Te Tukutuku

Decorative Panel - Te TukutukuThese decorative panels, Te Tukutuku, were created by the craftspersons to typify each area of our region. From top to bottom, for the Tauranga area it is the flounder (patiki) by Pauline Borell of Pirirakau, for Rotorua area it is the eternal stairway of knowledge (poutama) by Tina Wirihana of Ngāti Te Rangiunuora and for Whakatāne area it is albatross tears (roimata toroa) by Mere Walker of Te Whakatōhea (Ōpōtiki). They were the leaders (manukura) of each weaving team.

See "Te Tukutuku" and "Te Pare Honohono a Toi Te Huatahi" for further kōrero and information.

 "Nau mai ki te Paetukutuku a Te Taiao ā Toi''


 Please contact the Māori Policy Manager for further information regarding our services and policies on 0800 884 880, or at info@boprc.govt.nz.