About Mana Whakahono ā Rohe: Iwi Participation Arrangements

Mana Whakahono ā Rohe: Iwi Participation Arrangements is a tool designed to assist tangata whenua and local authorities to discuss, agree and record how they will work together under the Resource Management Act (RMA). This includes agreeing how tangata whenua will be involved in decision making processes. Agreements made using this tool are referred to as a Mana Whakahono.

Many tangata whenua groups and local authorities have already invested in their relationships with one another. Where there is an existing relationship between tangata whenua and a local authority, a Mana Whakahono is intended to support or build on those relationships. Where there is no existing relationship, a Mana Whakahono provides an opportunity to improve resource management outcomes, create efficiencies and remove duplication of process.

Mana Whakahono ā Rohe: Iwi Participation Arrangements is provided for by Sections 58L to 58U of the RMA [New Zealand Legislation website] which came into force on 19 April 2017.

It is intended that each Mana Whakahono will be tailored to suit local needs and objectives of the authorities involved. The Mana Whakahono sub part of the RMA sets out matters parties must and may record their agreement on.

Mana Whakahono ā Rohe arrangements

This table is where arrangements are recorded.


Iwi Authorities / Hapū

Date of initiation

Date of completion

Taupō District Council Ngāti Turangitukua under Iwi Authorities/Hapū 14 July 2019 Signed June 2022
Toi Moana | Bay of Plenty Regional Council Tapuika June 2017 Superseded by Ngā Puna Wai o Te Tokotoru collective
Toi Moana | Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Ngā Puna Wai o Te Tokotoru (collective)

 (Tapuika, Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Rangiteaorere)

April 2018 – October 2019 Under negotiation
Auckland Council Ngāi Tai Ki Tāmaki 12 March 2018 Under negotiation
West Coast Regional Council Poutini Ngāi Tahu (Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae, Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu)   Signed 22 October 2020
Whangarei District Council Patuharakeke Iwi Trust Board 22 September 2017 Formally adopted and awaiting co-signing of the agreement.
Northland Regional Council Te Patuharakeke Iwi Trust Board   Signed 5 December 2020
Northland Regional Council Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rēhia   Signed 10 December 2020

Find out more

If you have questions about Mana Whakahono ā Rohe, please email us at manawhakahono@mfe.govt.nz.