Tāngata Whenua

Tāngata Whenua

The history, culture, and values of tāngata whenua are part of what makes the western Bay of Plenty a special part of New Zealand. The enduring ancestral relationship that tāngata whenua have with their whenua, wai, and taonga is central to their identity as mana whenua and key to their roles and responsibilities as kaitiaki over their respective rohe (areas of interest).

Tāngata whenua have been a partner in SmartGrowth since its inception in 2000. This partnership has been exercised through membership on the governance group and the creation of the Combined Tāngata Whenua Forum.

However, progress with Treaty settlements, the emergence of new approaches to spatial planning, and increased expectations from government and tāngata whenua regarding co-management of natural and physical resources, means SmartGrowth needs to proactively work in partnership with tāngata whenua to continue to achieve social, cultural, environmental, and economic objectives, alongside those of other partners.

Today, tāngata whenua are one of the four key foundation partners to the SmartGrowth partnership at a governance level, and management level through the Combined Tāngata Whenua Forum (CTWF) and Tū Pakari Advisors.

Click here to find out more about Combined Tāngata Whenua Forum.

Tāngata Whenua Perspectives on Growth Management

Tāngata whenua perspectives on growth management extend beyond cultural matters or wellbeing and instead inter-twine across the social, environmental, cultural and economic spheres. Priority focus is the development of Māori Land and Papakāinga and  Tāngata Whenua Spatial Planning.

The SmartGrowth Tu Pakari team are working on a number of initiatives to support development of Māori Land and Papakāinga including direct engagement with Māori Land Trusts and identifying housing aspirations.

Click here to find our more on Tāngata Whenua Spatial Planning.

Research and Resources

Click here to see recent Tāngata whenua reports and resources.

We're protecting our environment for future generations
We're making it safer and easier for people to use public transport to help reduce transport-related emissions in line with the Government's Emissions Reductions Plan.
We're keeping people and goods moving
We're keeping road and rail links predictable, reliable, and resilient in off-peak times to keep goods moving and our economy strong.
We're connecting people in different ways
We're making it safer and easier for people to get to schools, GP clinics, community, and shops in different ways, including walking, cycling, buses, and vehicles.
We're making it safer to travel around
We're improving travel safety and working towards an outcome where no one is seriously injured or killed in road crashes.