October 16, 2015
Ngati Porou RMA partner
Gisborne District Council has become the first council in New Zealand to approve a joint management agreement with an iwi under the Resource Management Act.
Mayor Meng Foon says the council and Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou will jointly perform local authority functions and decision-making that applies to all land and water within the Waiapu catchment area.
The council recognises the fundamental role Ngati Porou have as kaitiaki, as a source of knowledge, and acknowledges their interests in the future management of the Waiapu.
Mr Foon says staff from the two organisations will work together to develop a catchment plan for the area to be included in the regional freshwater management plan.
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