Our sub-region is the ancestral home to many generations of Iwi (tribes) and hapū (sub-tribes). The natural environment and cultural heritage are fundamental to our vibrant sub-region.
There are a number of challenges that are unique to tāngata whenua:
- Building homes on multiple-owned Māori land is incredibly challenging.
- Housing and rental affordability for many Māori communities.
- Adverse impacts of continued development on Māori Land as well as sites, areas and landscapes of cultural significance.
- Cumulative impacts of uncontrolled development on the natural environment.
- Growing risks of natural hazards and climate change on marae and waahi tapu.
- Recognition of commercial redress outcomes of treaty settlements.
This plan aims to deliver outcomes which contribute to the social, cultural, environmental and economic wellbeing of tāngata whenua.
A key area of focus for this plan is recognising Marae as centres for potential development. This includes building affordable homes on whenua Māori and creating opportunities for papakāinga (housing, education, social, hauora facilities).
Question: We want you to feel confident that we have a plan in place to manage growth. Do you think we’re focusing on the right things?