Incorporating Māori perspectives

It's important for people to engage with Māori at the start of an application. Our short video can help you get on the right path.

We take into account Māori interests and the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi when we make decisions about environmental management. We’re required to do this under the Environmental Protection Authority Act 2011.

If you’re planning to submit an application or proposal to us, you may need to engage with relevant Māori groups whose interests could be affected by your application.

Learn more by watching this short animated video about why you need to engage with Māori during your application, and the impact Māori rights and interests have on your application.

Video: Understanding Māori rights and interests in the EPA application process | 1:58 mins | Transcript

He Whetū Mārama

He Whetū Mārama is a framework that guides us when undertaking our statutory and other obligations to Māori. 

Download He Whetū Mārama (pdf 1.91MB)

Download He Whetū Mārama in Te Reo Māori (pdf 2.6MB)

Incorporating Māori perspectives

Ngā Kaihautū Tikanga Taiao, our statutory Māori Advisory Committee, developed a guide – Incorporating Māori Perspectives into Decision Making.

This is a tool for our decision makers to help them incorporate Māori perspectives appropriately into decision making. It can also be used by iwi, Māori and applicants to understand how a Māori perspective is considered in decision making.

Applicants and Māori can use it to assist with the preparation of applications to us, to ensure a full and complete application has been lodged.

Incorporating Māori Perspectives into Decision Making Protocol (pdf 4MB)