We engage with Ngāti Toa through their iwi authority, Te Rūnanga O Toa Rangātira. The council and Te Rūnanga have signed a strategic partnership agreement. This agreement outlines our shared commitment to our partnership with each other and to the future wellbeing of Porirua. It provides the opportunity for Te Rūnanga to contribute to Council decisions and to provide leadership with the Council for Porirua. This is done through input into the following types of activities:
Te Rūnanga’s chairperson, Taku Parai, is also Porirua City’s kaumātua. He provides tikanga Māori advice and support, and can attend all council and committee meetings with full speaking rights.
We consult with Ngāti Toa through the iwi authority Te Rūnanga O Toa Rangātira, on a range of issues and processes.
We may also ask applicants for evidence they have consulted Ngāti Toa about their plans for a development or other activity.
Our discussions may lead to a cultural impact assessment being done. These assessments help us to document Māori cultural values, interests and connections with a resource or area, and to understand the potential impacts of a proposed activity on them.