Iwi Māori Recovery Programme

The Iwi Māori Recovery Programme will address issues such as housing and redevelopment on Māori land and reserves, potential development of cultural services and facilities or alignment with other initiatives (such as performing arts venues, sports facilities and health services) and the restoration and recovery of the rivers and other significant natural features.

He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata!
What is the most important thing in this world?
It is people, it is people, it is people!

Many aspects of the programme will relate directly to mana whenua interests, but may also be relevant to the wider Māori community in greater Christchurch. The programme will also assist central and local government to address their respective Treaty of Waitangi obligations through the recovery process, and will seek to facilitate opportunities for effective engagement of Ngāi Tahu, Ngā Papatipu Rūnanga and Māori in relevant decision-making processes.

Objectives of the programme

The objective of this programme is to ensure that recovery issues specific to Ngāi Tahu, Ngā Papatipu Rūnanga and Māori in greater Christchurch are identified, analysed and implemented in an effective, integrated and innovative manner. This programme can inform government-led earthquake recovery programmes and the Central City Plan and CCC, SDC, WDC and ECan Regional and District Plans and Long Term Plans.

The programme will work to:

  • provide guidance to ensure the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and the relationships and obligations derived from the Treaty of Waitangi, inform and guide the development and implementation of all recovery plans and programmes;
  • provide appropriate processes to enable Ngāi Tahu and Māori contributions on the development and implementation of all recovery plans and programmes, and provide meaningful opportunities for Ngāi Tahu and Māori involvement in relevant decision-making processes;
  • ensure the recovery of greater Christchurch appropriately acknowledges, celebrates and provides for its rich, diverse and unique Ngāi Tahu and Māori cultural heritage, identity and connections;
  • identify, develop and implement legacy projects that reflect and celebrate Ngāi Tahu histories, traditions and legacy stories;
  • enhance the coordination and integration of social, health, employment, business advisory and housing services provided by central and local government for Ngāi Tahu and Māori communities;
  • identify and address the immediate housing needs of Māori whānau, and consider a diversity of affordable housing options for Māori whānau and communities;
  • increase focus and support on the development needs of Ngāi Tahu communities in greater Christchurch, including Kaiapoi Māori Reserve 873, and such needs (including required zoning changes) addressed in the relevant recovery plans and programmes;
  • enhance the resilience and disaster preparedness among Ngāi Tahu and Māori communities;
  • enhance the utilisation, support and servicing of marae disaster preparedness and recovery planning, and in ongoing functions that support and build community wellbeing;
  • restore mahinga kai, ecosystems and biodiversity in a manner that supports Ngāi Tahu rights, interests and aspirations;
  • ensure recovery activities value, protect and sustainably manage the sources of our water and improve the quality and function of waterways and wetlands;
  • develop and implement strategies and interventions to enhance Māori employment outcomes and support Māori enterprise.

Who’s involved?

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Ngā Papatipu Rūnanga, Te Puni Kōkiri, Te Rūnanga o Ngā Maata Waka, Taura Here, He Oranga Pounamu and CERA.