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Iwi environmental management plan wins award

Tuesday, 7 May 2013 3:55 p.m.

Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, and environmental consultancy specialist company Boffa Miskell have won two awards at the New Zealand Planning Institute’s annual conference. 

The awards – NZPI Best Practice for Non Statutory Planning and the Nancy Northcroft Supreme Practice Award, the winner across all categories – were awarded for Ngāti Rangitihi’s Iwi Environmental Management Plan. The Plan was judged the best project from four major category winners.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council provided funding and support for development of the plan prepared for Ngāti Rangitihi, which is based in the Mauāo constituency near Matatā.  

Iwi Management Plans describe important resource management issues, and include specific cultural values, historical accounts, descriptions of areas of interest and consultation and engagement protocols for resource consents and plan changes.

Ngāti Rangitihi manager of environment and research Kura Paul-Burke said the Plan represented part of a comprehensive approach to the well-being of Ngāti Rangitihi.

She said the Plan was the catalyst for Ngāti Rangitihi playing an active and constructive role in environmental decision-making, planning and resource management from the coastline of Matatā to the inland lake of Tarawera and the Waikato River.

“It is a first generation plan that uses mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) alongside environmental objectives, policies and methods in the practical application of resource management for Ngāti Rangitihi.  This Plan is a living document and will continue to evolve in its application and guidance.”

The Plan was prepared by Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust with the support of Antoine Coffin on secondment from Boffa Miskell Ltd. Regional Councillor Tipene Marr was part of the advisory group developing the Plan. Bay of Plenty Regional Council provided resources and the plan was also supported by the Department of Conservation and a range of local councils.

Read the winning plan.

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Photo: Pio Te Kawe (Boffa Miskell), Kataraina Belshaw (Māori Policy Manager Bay of Plenty Regional Council) Kura Paul-Burke (Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust), Craig Batchelor (Boffa Miskell)

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