Ngā Hononga / Other iwi

The other iwi within and around Te Tau Ihu are likely to be important and natural partners for us, particularly given the high level of whānau-interconnectedness across hapū and iwi

The value of these relationships maybe realised across the following areas:

  • The ability to speak with a strong, united voice to local and central government and other parties;
  • Collectively addressing health and social problems within our rohe that may be “Māori” issues, rather than simply “iwi” issues; and
  • Potentially as commercial or investment partners.

As our longer-term strategy emerges the role that other iwi can and may be willing to play will become clearer. In the meantime we intend to continue to build on the constructive relationships we already have.

West Coast Relationships

An important, but self-contained take under this heading is the on-going discussions we are having with Ngāti Waewae in respect of arrangements that appropriately recognise Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō interests south of Kahurangi Point.

We intend to progress these discussions with a view to formalising arrangements that advance our agreement in principle that there should be a tangible acknowledgement of our interests in Kawatiri.

How can you tell if we have been effective?

Within a year:

  • Identified our common objectives with other iwi, and started to build more structured relationships around these; and
  • Developed a plan for more constructive collaborative relationships.

Within five years we will have:

  • Developed productive and strong relationships with our neighbours; and
  • Identified where collective action adds value to our activities, and to have implemented collective approaches where appropriate.