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Historic agreement signed between councils and iwi

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 12:00 a.m.

An historic agreement between Ngāi Tūhoe, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Whakatane District Council was signed on Monday, 9 December 2013. The Integrated Planning Protocols were signed at the Whakatāne District Council Chambers during the Eastern Bay of Plenty Joint Committee Meeting, and were the result of significant work between Ngai Tūhoe and the local authorities.

The agreement sets out planning protocols for the councils and seeks to promote more effective management as well as prevent misunderstandings around the signatories’ respective roles and statutory obligations. The focus of the protocol is the Ngāi Tūhoe rohe, which crosses a number of local authority boundaries, and the statutory and organisational planning that intersects with this area.

In his presentation to the Committee Meeting, Ngāi Tūhoe spokesman Tamati Kruger noted that in the past there had been issues with consistency, with some communities having houses on one side of a street under one council’s jurisdiction and those on the other side under that of another council.

“This protocol will help redress those inconsistencies,” Mr Kruger said. “The Protocol embodies the spirit of collaboration, goodwill, trust and confidence and says we want to work together with our partners.”

The Committee Chairman, Whakatane Mayor Tony Bonne, also noted that working together was essential and congratulated all involved on the signing of this historic document.

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Tuhoe Protocol signing