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Kōrero: Resource Management reforms

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Date: December 7, 2022

Time:3:00 PM – 5:00

Online event

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 This is the 3rd online wānanga in our short series focused on Māori resistance, and building Māori resilience, in the planning and policy context, facilitated by the Resilience to Nature's Challenges National Science Challenge, and Papa Pounamu - Māori planners and practitioners forum.

Ensuring tāngata whenua are informed and leading the conversation

Ohaki Marae, Waikato Awa.

Ohaki Marae, Waikato Awa.

A collective of Māori researchers, planners, practitioners, and kaitiaki want to ensure tāngata whenua are informed and leading the conversation on the ‘once-in-a-generation’ transformation to the way we manage Aotearoa New Zealand’s environmental taonga. 

The Government is repealing the Resource Management Act (RMA) (1991) and enacting new laws to transform the environmental management system. Two of the three draft Bills are now out for public submission, closing January 30, 2023.

In November 2022 the Government released the draft Spatial Planning Bill which provides for the development and implementation of long-term, strategic spatial planning across Aotearoa New Zealand through the development of regional spatial strategies, and draft Natural and Built Environment Bill (NBE Bill) which aims to protect and restore the environment while better enabling development, and as the primary replacement for the RMA.

The NBE Bill will provide for a National Planning Framework (NPF) that would replace existing pieces of national direction. Regions would be required to prepare natural and built environment plans (NBE plans).

Manaaki Whenua Kairangahau Māori Lara Taylor (Ngāti Tahu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Kahungunu) says now is a critical time for Māori to get actively engaged in the process.

“We need to be actively involved in shaping a resource management system that is fit for our purpose and will ensure our resilience and wellbeing as articulated by our own iwi, hapū, whānau.”

Lara, in collaboration with Papa Pounamu - Māori planners forum and the Resilience to Nature's Challenges National Science Challenge , is running ‘A Kōrero on the Draft Resource Management Bills’ online event next Wednesday December 7 3-5pm, the third in a series focused on Māori resistance and building Māori resilience within the planning and policy space.

Next week’s kōrero will be led by Tina Porou of Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngai Tāmanuhiri, Rongomaiwahine and Ngāti Rakaipaaka descent. Like previous events, it will be an interactive wānanga-style event with opportunities for questions and discussion.

“We had 70 Māori planners, practitioners, councillors, and kaitiaki at our last wānanga - an amazing collective of skilled, motivated, engaged people,” says Lara.

“We look forward to continuing the momentum, and now with two of the three draft Bills out for submission, it is a critical time to jump on board the waka and join the collective.

“Our purpose is to inform, empower and enable our planners, practitioners, and kaitiaki and build our capabilities and capacity – together – in relation to the reforms and then we are all better equipped to respond, resist, and protest the reforms, on behalf of our communities, where they are not fit for our purpose”.

“It’s all about ensuring an appropriate and culturally safe space for us to gather, and to make sure that our voices are heard by the Crown.”

Please note:

This workshop has been organised for tāngata whenua - iwi, hapū, whānau, kaitiaki, Māori. It is also open to others that support and actively empower and enable Māori resilience and a bicultural management paradigm from within their own contexts.