This Iwi Environmental Management Plan (IEMP) is the first Iwi Management Plan developed by Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui Trust, largely concerning the management aspirations for its Marlborough Sounds’ rohe, but also generally expressing the tikanga of Te Atiawa in Te Tau Ihu.
The timing of this event is auspicious, in that it provides a formal platform for Te Atiawa, as kaitiaki, in the immediate Post-Settlement World (Settlement for Te Atiawa occurred on 9 August 2014). This is a necessary and significant step for Te Atiawa as it journeys forward from Settlement.
The outworking of the Settlement process now provides a whole new range of challenges; responsibilities and opportunities for Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui Trust. The formal status of the IEMP will go some way to further express the Te Atiawa position as manawhenua iwi in various parts of Marlborough, but especially in the Queen Charlotte Sound.
The IEMP was formally lodged with the Marlborough District Council at a ceremony at the Waikawa Marae on Friday 20 February 2015
Summary information about Iwi Management Plans1:
An iwi management plan (IMP) is a term commonly applied to a resource management plan prepared by an iwi, iwi authority, rūnanga or hapū.IMPs are generally prepared as an expression of rangatiratanga to help iwi and hapū exercise their kaitiaki roles and responsibilities. IMPs are a written statement identifying important issues regarding the use of natural and physical resources in their area.
The contents of an iwi management plan (IMP) will depend on the priorities and preferences of the iwi/hapū preparing the plan. IMPs are often holistic documents that cover more than resource management issues under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). Some IMPs will address economic, social, political and cultural issues in addition to environmental and resource management issues.
Much like council plans, IMPs may include issues, objectives, policies and methods relating to ancestral taonga, such as rivers, lakes, seabed and foreshore, mountains, land, minerals, wāhi tapu, wildlife and biodiversity, and places of tribal significance. IMPs may address a single issue or resource such as aquaculture or freshwater, or provide a regional assessment of resource management issues of significance.
IMPs are often used by iwi/hapū to express how the sustainable management of natural resources can be achieved based on cultural and spiritual values. They often detail how the iwi/hapū expect to be involved in the management, development and protection of resources, and outline expectations for engagement and participation in RMA processes.
At a minimum, an IMP should identify the area of interest (rohe) to the iwi/hapū preparing the plan and state the resource management issues of significance to tangata whenua within that area.
The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) describes an iwi management plan (IMP) as "…a relevant planning document recognised by an iwi authority and lodged with the council". Section 2 of the Act defines an iwi authority as "the authority which represents an iwi and which is recognised by that iwi as having authority to do so".
IMPs must be taken into account when preparing or changing regional policy statements and regional and district plans
The RMA establishes three criteria for IMPs to be taken into account when making plans under the RMA; they must be:
* recognised by an iwi authority
* relevant to the resource management issues of the region/district
* lodged with the relevant council(s).
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