Throughout development of the reforms, government engaged with iwi/Māori, local government and sector stakeholders on key components of the future resource management system. This engagement will continue during the implementation of, and transition to, the new system.
From 1 November 2021 to 3 March 2022, the Ministry for the Environment undertook 61 separate engagements with partners and key stakeholders, resulting in 151 written submissions. We held 11 online information sessions for wider communities.
Te Pūnaha whakahaere rauemi o anamata: Kaupapa kōrero
Two collectives of five prominent Māori organisations engaged with the government on Māori rights and interests in freshwater and resource management reform. They advised the government on how best to uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi in the new resource management system, and on how Māori can engage and work with the Ministry for the Environment.
The Te Tai Kaha Collective includes:
- Kāhui Wai Māori
- New Zealand Māori Council
- Federation of Māori Authorities
The Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group and Te Wai Māori Trust Collective includes:
- Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group
- Te Wai Māori Trust
The Ministry is also working with post-settlement governance entities (PSGEs) on how their settlement arrangements will be carried over into the future system. A Ministerial Advisory Board of Te Tiriti experts is assisting with this work, providing independent advice on how to ensure the process is robust and fair.
Local Government Steering Group
A Local Government Steering Group was established to advise the Government on the resource management system reforms.
Local government is a key partner in delivering the resource management system and will continue to play a constructive and positive role in implementing the new system over the coming years.
The national steering group includes 15 local government elected members and senior council executives. It is co-chaired by Hauraki Mayor, Toby Adams, and Ministry for the Environment Deputy Secretary, Janine Smith.
The steering group meets monthly to test policy and help develop plans for implementation and transition to the new system. Beyond this, they also provide advice on the Ministry’s broader engagement with local government.
In addition to our work with the steering group, we take part in local government chief executives’ mayoral forums, meet with Local Government New Zealand stakeholders, and engage with council planning groups.
Local Government Steering Group Terms of Reference
Local Government Steering Group members
Toby Adams, Mayor of the Hauraki District
Nigel Corry, Chief Executive, Greater Wellington Regional Council
Gareth Green, Chief Executive Officer, New Plymouth District Council
Aileen Lawrie, Chief Executive, Thames Coromandel District Council
Kataraina Belshaw O'Brien, Director Strategic Engagement, Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Council
Stefanie Rixecker, Chief Executive, Environment Canterbury
Mike Theelen, Chief Executive, Queenstown Lakes District Council
Megan Tyler, Chief of Strategy, Auckland Council
Councillor Bridget Bell, Manawatū District Council
Councillor Iaean Cranwell, Environment Canterbury
Dan Gordon, Mayor of Waimakariri District
Councillor Toi Kai Rākau Iti, Bay of Plenty Regional Council
Councillor Rachel Keedwell, Chair, Horizons Regional Council
Tim King, Mayor of Tasman District
Glyn Lewers, Mayor of Queenstown-Lakes District
Paula Southgate, Mayor of Hamilton
Spatial Planning Board
The Spatial Planning Board is an interdepartmental executive board established under the Public Service Act 2020.
The members of the Spatial Planning Board are jointly responsible to the Minister for the Environment. Its members include chief executives from the Ministries for the Environment, Housing and Urban Development, Transport and the Departments of Internal Affairs and Conservation.
The Spatial Planning Board will govern the implementation, stewardship, monitoring and reporting of the Spatial Planning Act. It will coordinate central government involvement in the development of regional spatial strategies and support the development of each strategy’s implementation plans.