Te kā mai rawa, te ti taihara: mana whenua cultural values and the Auckland Council resource consent process. Summary

Jacob Otter, Esther Rootham, Carina Meares
Auckland Council Research and Evaluation Unit, RIMU
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From the introduction:

Participation in the resource consent process is a key way mana whenua seek to exercise, protect and enhance their cultural values and interests. In Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland Council provides for mana whenua input to the resource consent process through cultural values assessments (CVAs). CVAs are the formal record of mana whenua engagement in a resource consent application. They state the cultural values of a site, and how the proposed activities will impact upon these values. A CVA should also provide recommendations for how these impacts can be avoided or mitigated. The Auckland Council resource consent planner should consider the CVA in their evaluation of the application. The effectiveness of the CVA process for enabling the protection and enhancement of mana whenua cultural values is not well understood however. This research project assesses the effectiveness of the CVA process for protecting and enhancing mana whenua cultural values and interests.

While the research has focused on challenges and opportunities with the CVA system, it was notable that all the kaitiaki representatives and Auckland Council officers we spoke with brought a positive attitude to this part of their work, and were keen to see it operate more effectively. Similarly the Regulatory Services Directorate is to be commended for prioritising this project, and seeing the opportunities it can provide to enhance CVA engagement, even as they are navigating Auckland’s highly political and demanding housing and development context. Their systematic and collaborative approach to building on the report’s recommendations suggest significant enhancements will emerge to CVA engagement.

This document is the summary version of the full report. It aims to provide a more accessible version of the findings so that local government staff and other practictioners are able to use them to enhance resource consenting engagement with mana whenua in their own areas and regions. Chapter 2 outlines the background to the project and the methods used, Chapter 3 is based on the Executive Summary in the full report and provides an overview of the findings, and Chapter 4 provides an overview of the recommendations. Chapter 5 provides the conclusions of the research.

Auckland Council technical report, TR2019/008-S

See also:

The full report

Te kā mai rawa, te ti taihara: mana whenua cultural values and the Auckland Council resource consent process, TR2019/008

Associated literature review

Cultural Values Assessments. Negotiating kāwanatanga and rangatiratanga through local government planning processes in Aotearoa, New Zealand: a review of the literature


Last updated: 2019-11-27


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