Tips for successful engagement
Successful engagement is about developing relationships with iwi – and building and maintaining these long term.
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After the decision is made, the relevant Māori groups will expect you to maintain an on-going relationship with them. This is seen as part of the engagement process.
Maintaining relationships post-approval is where you should keep Māori groups informed of your operations – eg, by providing annual reports and other updates.
It’s critical that you engage with the correct Māori organisations. If you’re uncertain, the EPA can provide advice and support. Our Māori Policy and Operations Group, Kaupapa Kura Taiao, can:
Talk to us early in the development of your proposal. If your engagement is inadequate, there may be unnecessary delays and/or costs.
Engagement is a two-way interaction.
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Iwi by region. Includes rohe, hapū and marae.
Assess whether your application may have a significant impact on outcomes of importance to Māori.
Understand how a Māori perspective is considered in decision making.