"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
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.
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.
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-offico). 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 decision.
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 a Māori Contact Database to asist our work, which 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 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.
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
These 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''
Contact Maori Policy
Please contact the Strategic Engagment Manager for further information regarding our services and policies on 0800 884 880, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.