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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 regions land area, 38 percent is in Māori ownership, with 1800 Māori Land Trusts managing these assets. There are 35 iwi, 260 hapū and 224 marae located across the region. Te Arawa, Mataatua, Nukutere, Takitimu, Horouta and Tainui are the Waka grouping. 

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.   

Te Rōpū Kaitohutohu Māori: Māori Policy Section

The Māori Policy team is part of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Strategy and Science Group. This team consists of a Strategic Engagement Manager, Māori Policy Team Leader, two Pou Ngaio (Technical/Cultural), Strategic Engagement Coordinator, two Senior Treaty Advisors 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
  • Supporting and building capacity in Resource Management Act legislation
  • Developing and implementing He Korowai Mātauranga (Mātauranga Māori Framework)

The Māori Policy Section has developed a Māori Engagement Charter, Maori Engagement Toolkit, Te Kawa Tuhurua - Discovery Protocol and Treaty of Waitangi Toolkit for Regional Council staff to use to assist them in engaging with Māori. The team is currently engaged in preparing the implementation plan for He Korowai Mātauranga with the goal to roll it out across Council in 2019.

Māori Constituencies

Bay of Plenty Regional Council (Māori Constituency Empowering) Act 2001 established the three Māori Constituencies. These are: Mauao - Tauranga area; Kohi - Eastern Bay area and Ōkurei - Rotorua area. 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.    

Komiti Māori

Komiti Māori (Formerly Known as Māori Committee) was established in 2006. Its primary function is to implement and monitor Council's legislative obligations to Māori. 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-officio). Anyone is welcome at meetings of the Komiti Māori.

Iwi/Hapū Resource Management Plans

Iwi/Hapū Resource Management Plans documents approved by iwi are taken into account by Council in the management of the region's natural resources. Iwi/Hapū Management Plans 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 decisions. 

Statutory acknowledgements

A Statutory Acknowledgement is a formal acknowledgement by the Crown that recognises the particular cultural, spiritual, historical and traditional association of iwi with a site of significance or resource identified as a statutory area. 

Māori contact database

The Māori Policy section maintains Māori contacts on the Accela database that records contact details of iwi/hapū and Māori groups of the region. Please send us any changes to your iwi/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 17 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

Ngā Marae of the Bay of Plenty region

There are 224 marae across the region. Marae are the cultural and political centres for whānau, iwi/hapū. Marae are waahi tapu where ritual encounters are performed (pōwhiri), important issues debated (wānanga), celebrations are held (whakangahau), and where our deceased lie (tangihanga).

The Trinity: Te Tukutuku Decorative Panel - Te Tukutuku

These decorative panels, Te Tukutuku, were created by expert weavers and represent each constituency in the region. Beginning at the top, Mauao is represented by the flounder (patiki by Pauline Borell of Pirirakau), for Ōkurei it is the eternal stairway of knowledge (poutama - by Tina Wirihana of Ngāti Te Rangiunuora) and for Kohi it is albatross tears (roimata toroa - by Mere Walker of Te Whakatōhea). 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''

Contact Maori Policy

Please contact the Strategic Engagment Manager for further information regarding our services and policies on 0800 884 880, or at