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On this page: iwi in our region, iwi relationships, Māori seats, Waikato River co-management, resource consentsiwi management plans, how you can get involved, useful links

Waikato Regional Council is at a pivotal period of change, The council has embarked on a new journey and is charting a pioneering course towards the principles of partnership and collaboration in decision making with their Treaty partners. This innovative approach require both the Council and iwi to agree on their partnering destinations and shared points of convergence along the way.  The essence of which has been captured in the Strategic direction for the Waikato Regional Council 2010 – 2013.    

The collective strength of all will enhance relationship agreements moving forward and strengthen on-going engagement with iwi within and outside of Treaty Settlement arrangements.

Who are the iwi in your region?

Iwi throughout the region have expressed a desire to work in various forms of partnership with the Waikato Regional Council.  Some of these aspirations are being embedded via Treaty of Waitangi settlements whilst others are expressed by memorandum of understanding and other formal and informal relationships.  Find out more about the iwi within your region

Tai-ranga-whenua – iwi relationships team

The Waikato Regional Council has a dedicated team to consult on matters of interest to iwi. Learn more about the Tai-ranga-whenua team and how we can help you.

Māori seats

In a short period the council has taken significant steps towards building meaningful working relationships across the organisation with iwi. In October 2011 Waikato Regional Council voted to establish two Māori seats in time for the 2013 local government elections. In 2013 Waikato Regional Council elections welcomed its newly elected members which hailed the arrival of two Māori councillors from the new Māori seats. Read more about Māori representation. Click here to view committees and councillors.

Waikato River co-management

Co-management provides iwi with mechanisms to govern and manage the river in partnership with central and local government.

Resource consents

Tangata whenua must be consulted on certain resource consent applications under the Resource Management Act.  Find out more about the resource consent process .

Use the links below to access maps that show information about resource consents and consent applications held and lodged with Waikato Regional Council:

Iwi management plans

Iwi management plans are documents approved by iwi to identify cultural and natural features important to Māori. They also outline processes for consulting with Māori. These plans are taken into account by the council in the management of the region's natural resources, providing a formal way for iwi interests to be incorporated into the council's decision making. Find out more.

A Māori perspective on the environment

Māori culture encompasses a deep bond with nature. Māori are concerned about the effects of resource use on land, air, water, coasts, geothermal resources and the plants and animals which live there. Learn more about the special bond between Māori and the environment.

How you can get involved

Keep an eye out for resource consent applications, policies and plans that will affect your area. You can submit your views, which can be taken into account by the council during their decision making. You can submit as an individual or as part of your iwi.

Your whanaunga can also create an iwi management plan which must be taken into account under the Resource Management Act 1991 as part of the council's decision making.

More information

The Treaty of Waitangi

Learn about the Treaty.

Treaty settlement information

Office of Treaty Settlements

Treaty settlement map

Useful links

You may find these websites and pages helpful:

Māori Land Court -

Te Kāhui Māngai - 

Ministry for Primary Industries -

Department of Conservation -

Independent Māori Statutory Board -