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Environmental guardianship

Te Mana Rauhī Taiao | The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) values the knowledge of tangata whenua alongside that of contemporary science. We actively seek input from Māori into our activities and decision making.

We recognise that:

  • Māori cultural practices have a strong environmental basis, which enhances environmental management processes
  • Iwi feel an obligation, as kaitiaki, to protect the natural world
  • Spirituality is integral to the connection between Māori culture and tradition and the environment.

When making decisions about environmental management, we proactively take 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.

In this section:

Information and resources for iwi about the application process, how to have input into decision making, and how we can help you. 

Consultation during the application process

Stages of the application process, showing when consultation and opportunities for input may occur.

How we can help you

How the EPA can help iwi during the engagement process. How to get regular updates. Networking and training opportunities.

Staying up to date

Links for newsletters, RSS feeds, and contacting us for information.

Resources for iwi

Guidelines to help iwi during the consultation process. EPA newsletters to help you stay up to date with what's happening.

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