July 27, 2021
Maori Council looks for Maori place in resource management
The New Zealand Māori Council is calling for Māori to be involved in decision making at every step of the reformed resource management process.
Spokesperson Pita Fraser says while the 30-year-old Resource Management Act failed to deliver on its promise to Māori, the proposed Natural and Built Environments Act is as yet underwhelming.
The council is concerned issues relating to allocation and use of water, which are of major concern to Māori, are not even in the exposure draft being put out for consultation.
It’s looking for fundamental and transformational changes for Māori.
"Wheat we mean is Māori decision-making at every level of the resource management hierarchy and that is quite different to consultation or participation or representation or heaven forbid a place at the table. What we want is Māori decision making, right from the marae committee and hapū level right through to the national level," Mr Fraser says.
The New Zealand Māori Council is holding a Zoom hui tomorrow to share information about the proposals.
Those interested in joining the hui can get a link from firstname.lastname@example.org with cc to email@example.com
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