Bay of Plenty's Māori landscape is culturally rich and dynamic.
Our region's population is 28 percent Māori. Of the region's 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 taonga (jewels) 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 Coordinators, 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, Māori Engagement Toolkit, and the Treaty of Waitangi Toolkit for 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.
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
- Kōhi - Eastern Bay area
- 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 (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
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.
- Making Good Decisions Application Form.
- View more information on the Making Good Decisions Programme.
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.
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
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.