We work with the five papatipu rūnaka of Aukaha to protect the mauri of the environment and support them to exercise their role as kaitiaki. We do this by providing professional planning advice on behalf of mana whenua in their role as treaty partners with councils and central government.
The work we do is guided by kā rūnaka through their mandated representatives, who work with us to ensure that the values and aspirations of mana whenua are reflected in planning processes and decisions.
Ā mātou ratoka Our Services
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Working with councils
We facilitate the treaty partnership between Kāi Tahu rūnaka in the Otago and South Canterbury regions and the relevant local and regional councils.
Councils have a statutory responsibility to engage with Kāi Tahu on the development of plans, strategies and policies under a number of pieces of legislation.
We provide best practice planning, scientific and technical advice to embed rūnaka aspirations into these documents.
“There is a need for the work that Aukaha does... principally in bringing in the cultural values, connection, and the recommendations on how they develop their plans and policies and implement and administer resource consents.
Edward Ellison, (Ōtākou, Kāi Tahu) Chair,Aukaha Board of Directors
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We can consult with the relevant rūnaka on behalf of consent applicants who are seeking written approval for certain activities within the environment. We strongly encourage applicants to consult with Kāi Tahu before lodging applications for consents if these are within an area of interest or where the work involves resources of particular interest to Kāi Tahu.
This includes, but is not limited to:
- Wai Māori/freshwater
- Ecosystems and biodiversity
- The coastal environment
- Areas shown as wāhi tūpuna on district plan maps
If you are unsure about whether you need to consult with rūnaka, please feel free to contact us and ask.
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Our work encompasses the natural and urban environments, ensuring that mana whenua values, knowledge and perspectives are recognised in the consultation and decision-making process when councils are developing policy statements and plans. We seek guidance from nominated rūnaka representatives and are involved with councils throughout the entire planning and plan review process.
“There is a greater recognition of our obligations under the Treaty, but also a recognition of the really valuable angle that engaging with iwi brings to all of our work.”
Anita Dawe, Policy and Planning Manager, Otago Regional Council.
Kā mātāpono Our Values
We act with integrity, responsibility, and authority, reflective of the mana and rakatirataka of the manawhenua we work on behalf of.
We are inclusive and cooperative: with rūnaka, whānau, kaimahi stakeholders, partners and clients.
We work to build the capacity of ourselves and of our rūnaka, whānau, and hapū. We are supportive of our partners, clients, and stakeholders.
We work collaboratively to maximise our collective strengths and achieve hapū aspirations. This occurs across all of our pou; with our board, manawhenua panels, rūnaka and whānau; and with our partners, stakeholders and clients.
We are responsive and communicative, and actively value and work to increase the knowledge systems within which we work.
We are innovative in our work, finding new ways to test our thinking, develop new ideas, generating new knowledge, and ways of operating.
We operate with prudence and with awareness of the wider implications of our actions within financial, social, cultural, and environmental contexts.