Bay of Plenty's Māori landscape is culturally rich and dynamic. 

Māori Constituencies

Council became the first territorial authority to provide for Māori representation in local government.

The 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. 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.

He Korowai Mātauranga

He Korowai Matauranga

Framework document   |  Summary pamphlet

Emerging from a Kōmiti Māori recommendation and approved by Council through the 2015-2025 Long Term Plan, He Korowai Mātauranga (internal mātauranga Māori framework) was informed by kaupapa Māori based research including interviews with mātauranga Māori practitioners throughout Aotearoa. The implementation of the framework is led by the Māori Policy Team.

He Korowai Mātauranga will be delivered internally through a three stage process:

Stage One: The development of a framework which outlines and describes the way in which mātauranga can enhance our work and nurture relationships with tangata whenua.

Stage Two: The development of an implementation plan to guide staff on ways to incorporate mātauranga Māori into the business of Toi Moana. A draft implementation plan will be ready 1 July 2019.

Stage Three: The implementation of the tools, resources and actions of He Korowai Mātauranga Framework.

Making Good Decisions Sponsorship

We sponsor 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. 

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 (see contact details below).

The Trinity: 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.

Tukutuku

Te Tokotoru: ko ēnei moana kua rakaitia e ngā manukura hei tohu mō ia rohe. Ki Tauranga he pātiki nā Pauline Borell ō Pirirakau, ki Rotorua he poutama nā Tina Wirihana ō Ngāti Te Rangiunuora, ki Whakatāne he roimata toroa nā Mere Walker ō Te Whakatōhea. Ko rātau ngā manukura mō ia tira rāranga.

The Trinity: These decorative panels were created by the craftsmen to typify each area of our region.

Image description (top to bottom): For Tauranga area it is the flounder (pātiki) 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.

Te Tokotoru tukutuku panel also has a place of importance at the Council and is located at our Whakatāne office.  

Te Pare Honohono a Toi-te-Huatahi 

Pare

Ko te ingoa Māori mō tēnei rohe ko te Moana a Toi-te-Huatahi, nō muri iho a Kapene Kuki, nana te whakahua ko te 'Bay of Plenty'. Ko tēnei pare, ko Te Pare Honohono a Toi-te-Huatahi. Ko Toi hoki tērā e hāpai rā i ngā taonga ō te Taiao e kore ai e pau poka noa. Koia nei hoki te kaupapa pūtake a te kaunihera. Nā reira, ko Toi tera e honohono nei i ēnei tikanga, mai i te ao tawhito ā te Māori, ki naiānei ki te ao hou ā te Kaunihera. Ko Te Hau Tutua o Ngāti Awa te tohunga whakairo.

The Māori name for this region is the Ocean of Toi-te-Huatahi. Captain Cook then named the region the Bay of Plenty. The door lintel, located above the entry to the Regional Council's Committee Room, is called Te Pare Honohono a Toi-te-Huatahi, which means the lintel of linkage with Toi-te-Huatahi. It depicts Toi as steward of our environmental resources, ensuring they will not be squandered. This accords with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council's mission statement. Toi is effectively linking the ancient Māori world with the present world. Te Hau Tutua of Ngāti Awa was the master carver who created this work.   

Contact Māori Policy

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