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Hononga ki te ao Māori

Te Herenga pounamu

​Engaging with Māori for applications to the EPA

When making decisions about environmental management, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) proactively takes into account Māori interests and the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. We’re required to do this under relevant legislation, including the Environmental Protection Authority Act 2011.

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

Cover of Statement of Intent 2013. He Whetū Mārama

He Whetū Mārama is a framework that guides the Environmental Protection Authority in the undertaking of its statutory and other obligations to Māori.

Download He Whetū Mārama (pdf, 1.91mb)

Download He Whetū Mārama in Te Reo Māori  (pdf, 2.57mb)

Incorporating Māori Perspectives into Decision Making Protocol

This protocol has been developed by Ngā Kaihautū Tikanga Taiao, the statutory Māori Advisory Committee of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

The protocol is intended for use by decision makers (as representatives of the EPA) as a tool to incorporate Māori perspectives appropriately into any decision making. It is also intended to be used by iwi, Māori and applicants to understand how a Māori perspective is considered in decision making. Both applicants and Māori can use it to assist with the preparation of applications to the EPA to ensure a full and complete application has been lodged.

Incorporating Māori Perspectives into Decision Making (pdf, 4mb)

In this section:

Information and resources for applicants about when you need to engage with Māori, how to go about it and how we can help you.

Engagement during the application process

What you need to consider at different stages of the application process.

Do you need to engage with Māori?

How to determine whether your application may have a significant impact on outcomes of importance to tangata whenua.

Tips for successful engagement

Successful engagement is about developing relationships with iwi – and building and maintaining the​se long term. ​

How we can help

The EPA's Māori Policy and Operations Group, Kaupapa Kura Taiao, can provide advice and support.


Resources to help applicants assess when they need to engage with Māori and how to go about it.

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