Te Taitokerau Māori and Council Working Party

14 March 2019

Tuhituhi o ngā Mahi O Te Kāhui Māori O Taitokerau

Te Taitokerau Māori and Council Working Party Record of Actions


Meeting held in the Council Chamber

36 Water Street, Whangārei

on Thursday 14 March 2019, commencing at 11am



Tuhinga (Present):

Co-Chair, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Hine,  Pita Tipene

Co-Chair, Councillor Paul Dimery

Councillor Bill Shepherd

Councillor Penny Smart

Councillor Joce Yeoman

Patuharakeke Te Iwi Trust Board, Juliane Chetham

Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust, Georgina Connelly

Ngāti Kuta, Patukeha, Michelle Elboz

Hokianga o Ngā Hapū Whānau, Patu Hohepa (departed at 1.45pm)

Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi, Mike Kake

Ngātiwai Trust Board, Henry Murphy

Te Parawhau Hapū Authority Charitable Trust, Mira Norris

Te Rūnanga O Ngāti Rehia, Nora Rameka

Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpui, Fred Sadler

Te Whakapiko Hapū, Rowan Tautari

Hokianga o Ngā Hapū Whānau, Rudy Taylor

Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Kuri/Te Hiku O Te Ika Marae Trust, Bundy Waitai

Ngāti Tara, Victor Holloway


I Tae Mai (In Attendance):

Huihuinga i te katoa (Full Meeting)

NRC Chief Executive

GM – Strategy, Governance and Engagement

Kaiwhakahaere, Honongā Māori 

PA/Team Admin, Strategy, Governance and Engagement


Huihuinga i te wahanga (Part Meeting)

Kaiarahi – Kaupapa Māori

GM – Environmental Services

Land Manager and Deputy GM, Environmental Services

Biosecurity Manager – Partnerships and Strategy

Rivers and Natural Hazards Manager

Strategic Policy Specialist

Strategy Policy and Planning Manager



The meeting commenced at 11.05am.

Secretarial Note: Te Taitokerau Māori and Council Working Party and Māori Technical Advisory Group are abbreviated as TTMAC and MTAG respectively throughout this Record of Actions.

Karakia / Whakatau

Secretarial Note: The opening karakia and mihimihi by members Sadler, Waitai and Hohepa  were held at the beginning of the non-elected members caucus session.

Beginning the meeting, there was a tribute to Te Huranga Hohaia, who passed in February 2019, led by Co-Chair Dimery and members Hohepa and Sadler.

Whakapahā/Apologies (Item 1.0)

Northland Regional Council, Councillor Finalyson,

Ngāti Kuta Patukeha, Shirley Hakaraia

Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust, Malcolm Welsh

Whakapuakanga o mua (Declarations of Conflicts of Interest) (Item 2.0)

It was advised that members should make declarations item-by-item as the meeting progressed.


Record of Actions – 8 November 2018 (Item 3.1)

It was agreed that the Record of Actions was an accurate record of the hui.

Members of the Māori caucus advised that they are progressing with plans to host a national symposium on Māori representation later in 2019.

Agreed action point:

·                That members of the Māori caucus would come back to TTMAC with suggestions on how council might contribute to or participate in the symposium.


Report: Māori Technical Advisory Group, Mana Whakahono a Rohe (Item 3.2)

Presented by: Strategy Policy and Planning Manager

This paper provided MTAG’s advice on how it might engage with hapū in regard to Mana Whakahono a Rohe (MWR). TTMAC acknowledged the MTAG authors mahi in drafting the document and provided some suggestions on how the document could be further tweaked before it returns to TTMAC’s May meeting.

Agreed action point:

·                That MTAG be tasked with completing a draft, single hapū-based Mana Whakahone a Rohe (for multiparty hapū to join) for consideration by TTMAC at its May formal meeting.


Review of Te Taitokerau Māori and Council Working Party (Item 3.3)

Presented by: Kaiarahi – Kaupapa Māori.

This paper sought a recommendation from TTMAC to council that MTAG conduct a review of the working party to feed into the incoming council’s overall governance review and to inform other stakeholders.  The anticipated process is to develop a survey, gather the feedback and report back to TTMAC, seeking TTMAC endorsement that the review be presented to council. Members indicated strongly that the review would be a useful opportunity to provide feedback to the incoming council and to TTMAC itself.

Agreed action points:

·                That TTMAC recommend to council that MTAG conduct a review of the working party in order to make recommendations to the incoming council


NRC Environmental Awards (Item 3.4)

Presented by: Marketing and Engagement Manager

The inaugural NRC Environmental Awards are to recognise the people and organisations working in our communities to protect and enhance Taitokerau’s unique environment. A TTMAC member was sought to join the judging panel and all members were asked to encouraged nominations across the different categories.

Agreed action points:

·                That TTMAC nominate Mike Kake as a member of the judging panel

·                That TTMAC members encourage nominations to the Northland Regional Council Environmental Awards.


Update: Implementing the Long Term Plan (LTP) - Pests, Water and Flooding (Item 3.5)

Presented by: Group Manager – Environmental Services, Land Manager and Deputy Group Manager, Biosecurity Manager – Partnerships and Strategy; Rivers and Natural Hazards Manager.

The respective managers presented on the wide range of projects being implemented across Taitokerau to improve water quality, pest control and flood protection, and how the council is working to increase long term funding for landowners. Other issues covered were Kauri dieback, tree planting for hill country erosion, fencing changes in the Proposed Regional Plan, mātauranga Māori and council’s more proactive stance on prosecution of non-compliant consents.

Agreed action points: Nil


Iwi and council governance to governance relationship agreement (Item 3.6)

Presented by: Group Manager – Strategy, Governance and Engagement

It was acknowledged that iwi and hapū already work together at TTMAC and that a relationship agreement with iwi won’t lessen the relationships that council have with hapū. There was, however, concern that such agreements may give the impression that the parties to the relationship agreement have authority to speak to the Crown and other entities on behalf of iwi and hapū.

Agreed action points: Nil


Secretarial Notes:

·         The meeting adjourned for lunch at 1.10pm and resumed at 1.45pm. On resumption, Auriole Ruka, the council’s recently appointed Kaiwhakahaere, Hongongā Māori, was introduced

·         It was agreed to hear Item 3.7 after lunch, followed by Items 3.8 and 3.11 together.


Report: Te Taitokerau Māori and Council Working Party marae-based hui (Item 3.7)

Member Chetham provided a summary of the December 2018 marae-based hui hosted by Patuharakeke Trust Board at Takahiwai Marae.

Key issues included Patuharakeke’s Resource Management Unit and funding, shellfish monitoring and the rāhui at Marsden Point, Takahiwai’s ngāhere and community feedback about Dune lakes, Brynderwyn pest management and mangrove removal.

The next marae-based hui is being hosted by Ngāti Tara at Parapara Marae, Taipā. 

Agreed action points: Nil


Update: Inter-regional marine pest management discussion document (Item 3.8)

Presented by: Strategic Policy Specialist

Staff sought TTMAC’s advice on how to best engage with Māori during the consultation period for the inter-regional marine pest management plan which runs until 24 May 2019.

Agreed action points:

The Strategic Policy Specialist to make contact with the Māori biosecurity channel and to connect Ngāti Rehia’s TTMAC member with consents staff.


Annual Plan (Item 3.9)

Presented by: GM – Strategy, Governance and Engagement

The Annual Plan seeks to make only minor changes to the budget and work programmes set out in council’s 2018-2028 Long Term Plan. Feedback on the plan is being sought from 4 March – 5 April 2019. The feedback will be deliberated on by council in May 2019 and final adoption of the plan is scheduled for 4 June 2019.

Agreed action point:

·                That a follow up report be provided by the Corporate Planning Manager after adoption of the final document in June.


Our Vision 2018-2028 | Te Pae Tawhiti 2018-2028 (Item 3.10)

Presented by: GM – Strategy, Governance and Engagement

Our Vision 2018-2028 | Te Pae Tawhiti 2018-2028 is a shorter and more accessible version of the Long Term Plan 2018-2028. Key feedback from TTMAC was that the te reo Māori needs improvement.  

Agreed action point:

·                Staff to work with experts to ensure that te reo Māori is used well and consistently in council documents.





Update: Where's your wai? online consultation and Ministry for the Environment's 'At Risk' catchments programme (Item 3.11)

Presented by: Strategic Policy Specialist

An update was provided on the results of the ‘Where’s your wai?’ online consultation. The key point from the At Risk catchments update was that there will be an opportunity for consultation regarding the programme and staff will keep TTMAC informed about this.

Agreed action points:

·                The Working Group agreed that the consultation should be run again over the 2019/2020 summer period and suggested that the ability to upload images would be helpful

·                Staff to email a copy of the presentation to members.


Secretarial Notes:

·         Members Taylor, Tautari, Kake and Chetham departed shortly after 2.25pm.


Update: Provincial Growth Fund (Item 3.12)

Presented by: GM – Strategy, Governance and Engagement

The paper was taken as read with the key observation being that Taitokerau is now regaining some of the momentum with respect to funding allocation.

Agreed action point: Nil


Working Party Updates (Item 3.13)

The paper was taken as read.

Agreed action points: Nil





The meeting concluded at 2.55pm with a karakia by member Waitai.