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Taiao Raukawa Environmental Resource Centre

Taiao Raukawa is a Trust set up to respond effectively on behalf of its whanau and hapu stakeholders to a range of environmental issues facing the region. It is charged with exercising tino rangatiratanga over taonga tuku iho of hapü and iwi within the wider region, by providing the following:

  • Strategic Leadership in developing and implementing overarching environmental strategies for Ngäti Raukawa, and to support hapü and iwi to develop resective environmental plans
  • Build Stakeholder Relationships both internally with hapu and iwi, and externally with other authorities
  • Lead and support RMA processes for active participants in natural resource management
  • Encourage restoration and place-based education projects for natural ecosystems in wider tribal region
  • Collate information and educational opportunities using databases and educational programs for hapü and wider communities
  • Create and implement research and development opportunities

In particular, the Trust is trying to respond well to consent applications under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) and other relavant laws including the Historic Places Trust Act 1993, (HPT) made within the Raukawa rohe

Background Considerations

Dealing with the RMA is an ongoing issue, which will need to be continually assessed against information and data that is forthcoming, and in particular:

  • The results of whanau and hapu feedback from the Environmental Audit that began in 2009;
  • The changing environment in the local and regional authorities;
  • The success or failures of each resource consent process so that the outcomes are better each time.

Key Principles

Taiao Raukawa’s approach to the facilitation of Resource Management Act (RMA) processes within the rohe should be based on the following key principles:

  • Actively listening to, and promoting, the environmental and cultural perspective of the whanau and hapu affected by the proposal, as expressed through their own tikanga and mätauranga;
  • Ensuring that decision makers under the RMA appropriately apply the purposes and principles of the Act, including (but not limited to):
    • Recognising and providing for matters of national importance in Part II Section 6 (which are all of significance within te ao Mäori);
    • Observing the principles of kaitiakitanga including:
      • Proper timeframes for consultation;
      • Provision of adequate information on the proposals;
      • Ensuring that resources are made available for affected whanau and hapu to respond effectively;
      • Taking into account the exerciseof kaitiaki values, not just the expression of those values;
      • The principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, including active protection of taonga, and partnership principles in decision making;
      •  Guiding and informing applicants, developers and associated parties as to the benefits of early and robust engagement with whanau and hapü
Flow chart for Taiao Raukawa involvement in
Resource Consent processes

flow chart

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