The Ngā Whakaaetanga-ā-Ture ki Te Taiao ā Toi (Statutory Acknowledgements in the Bay of Plenty) is a compendium document to be read as an attachment to and in conjunction with the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement and regional plans, and any variation or change notified by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

Nga Whakaaetanga-a-Ture ki Te Taiao a Toi incorporates statutory acknowledgements arising from Treaty of Waitangi settlement legislation negotiated between the Crown and iwi in the Bay of Plenty region. Iwi that currently have statutory acknowledgements are:

  • Ngāti Awa
  • Ngāti Tūwharetoa (Bay of Plenty)
  • Te Arawa (Lakes)
  • Affiliate Te Arawa iwi and hapū
  • Waitaha
  • Ngāti Whare
  • Ngāti Manawa
  • Ngāti Mākino
  • Tapuika
  • Ngāti Rangiwewehi
  • Ngāti Rangiteaorere, and
  • Hineuru
  • Ngāti Pūkenga
  • Ngāti Tūwharetoa (Taupō)

A Statutory Acknowledgement is a formal acknowledgement by the Crown that recognises the particular cultural, spiritual, historical and traditional association an iwi has with a site of significance or resource identified as a statutory area. Statutory Acknowledgement Areas only relate to Crown-owned land and include areas of land, geographic features, lakes, rivers, wetlands and coastal marine areas. With respect to bodies of water such as lakes, rivers and wetlands, the Statutory Acknowledgement excludes any part of the bed not owned or controlled by the Crown.

Under the Resource Management Act 1991, Deeds of Settlement and Settlement Legislation achieved with each iwi, require regional, city and district councils to include statutory acknowledgments in relevant district and regional plans and policy statements, and to have regard to them in resource consent decision making.

This includes the:

  • Operative Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement
  • Operative Bay of Plenty Regional Water and Land Plan
  • Operative Regional Plan for the Tarawera River Catchment
  • Operative Bay of Plenty Regional Coastal Environment Plans
  • Operative Regional River Gravel Management Plan
  • Operative Rotorua Geothermal Regional Plan
  • Operative Bay of Plenty Regional Air Plan
  • Operative On-site Effluent Treatment Regional Plan
  • Any proposed regional plan or policy statement and any variation/change notified by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council

The document is available printed ($12), electronically on CD or download from our website below. Contact the Council if you want to purchase a printed document sent to you. Nga Whakaaetanga-a-Ture ki Te Taiao a Toi can also be inspected between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday at Council's public offices at:

  • Quay Street, Whakatāne
  • 1125 Arawa Street, Rotorua
  • 1 Elizabeth Street, Tauranga
  • and at any public library or district and city council offices in the Bay of Plenty region.

Contact details

  • Phone: 0800 884 880
  • Write to: Regional Policy Statement, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, PO Box 364, Whakatāne 3158.