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Governance and tāngata whenua

The governance and tāngata whenua cluster focuses on our decision making and the importance of community participation.

In the first year of this plan, we will be reviewing our representation arrangements – which is required by law. Information about our current arrangements is provided in the section Your elected members in the Supporting information document.

We have a strong, active partnership with our three iwi and aim to embed tāngata whenua values into our operations and to guide the overall development of Kāpiti. As well as the information in this section, our iwi partners share their vision in Setting our direction. Support for iwi-led growth is included in our economic development strategy.

This cluster includes our critical responsibilities for civil defence emergency management and encouraging preparedness across the community.

In the first three years of this long term plan, we have some special activities to mark the centenary of World War 1.

Governance and tāngata whenua – kāwanatanga me te tāngata whenua

Council aims to effectively and efficiently manage the democratic framework in line with legislative requirements. We value our partnership with iwi and aim to embed tāngata whenua values and aspirations into the sustainable management of our district.


Key activities in the first three years of this plan

Review representation arrangements (2015). This is a mandatory consultative process that may see the number of elected members and the basis for their election in the next two triennia changed
Continue with World War I centenary commemorative activities (2015-2018) including commissioning a commemorative memorial to be unveiled in 2018
Administer the Māori economic development fund
Process annual marae grants
Focus on capacity building
Continue iwi consultation
Continue waahi tapu assessment.


Contribution to outcomes

  • We encourage households to be ready for emergencies
  • Residents will be informed of opportunities to engage and participate in decision-making processes within statutory timeframes
  • Official information requests will be responded to within statutory timeframes
  • We value the partnership with tāngata whenua and it is strong
  • We provide for the active participation of tāngata whenua and Māori in decision-making processes.


We plan to spend an average per year of $5.7 million on operations and $0.7 million on capital work for governance and tāngata whenua.


Governance and Tangata Whenua