Partnering with Mana Whenua
Working with mana whenua, Kāi Tahu, is a key part of any Council triennium.Otago Regional Council Pre-election Report 2022
We have a treaty-based partnership embedded in the Long-term Plan 2021/31. Highlights of the work at governance level this triennium include a strengthened Mana to Mana forum, a partnership approach to the Land and Water Regional Plan and having iwi at the table for the Strategy and Planning Committee.
Also, adopting He Mahi Rau Rika, which explains the nature of the partnership in more detail and is available on our website (He Mahi Rau Rika). A partnership hui at Ōtākou Marae will be one of the newly elected Council’s first engagements following the inaugural Council meeting, which underscores the strong significance and importance of the partnership.
This explains the current partnership with the mana whenua, Kāi Tahu.
Māori constituencies are possible
A number of local authorities have recently resolved to establish Māori wards or constituencies for this election and the next one. Māori wards or constituencies guarantee Māori representation on a local authority and provides Māori representation on a local authority. They also provide for Māori participation in council decision-making required under the Local Government Act 2002. The Otago Regional Council has not resolved to introduce Māori Ward(s) for this current election.
I’m looking forward to learning why the Otago Regional Council hasn’t taken this opportunity. I’d hope that the partnership can be strengthened with participation at the Council table.