Tangata Whenua / Tauranga City Council Committee Meeting

Thursday, 20 February 2020


Tangata Whenua / Tauranga City Council Committee Meeting Minutes

20 February 2020


Order Of Business

1          Apologies. 3

2          Public Forum.. 3

3          Acceptance of Late Items. 3

4          Confidential Business to be Transferred into the Open. 3

5          Change to Order of Business. 3

6          Chairperson’s Report 4

6.1            The Chairperson's Report. 4

7          Declaration of Conflicts of Interest 4

8          Business. 4

8.1            Quarterly Monitoring Report to February 2020. 4

8.2            Te Rangapu Mana Whenua Report 6

9          Discussion of Late Items. 7

10       Next Meeting. 7



Tangata Whenua / Tauranga City Council Committee Meeting Minutes

20 February 2020



MINUTES OF Tauranga City Council
Tangata Whenua / Tauranga City Council Committee Meeting
HELD AT THE Tauranga City Council, Council Chambers, 91 Willow Street, Tauranga
ON Thursday, 20 February 2020 AT 9.30am


PRESENT:              Mr Huikakahu Kawe (Chairperson), Mayor Tenby Powell (Deputy Chairperson), Cr Jako Abrie, Cr Kelvin Clout, Cr Heidi Hughes, Cr Tina Salisbury, Mr Hayden Henry, Mr Puhirake Ihaka, Mr Pine McLeod, Mr Whitiora McLeod, Mrs Irene Walker, Mr Maru Tapsell

IN ATTENDANCE: Cr Andrew Hollis, Cr Dawn Kiddie, Cr Steve Morris, Marty Grenfell (Chief Executive), Carlo Ellis (Manager: Strategic  Māori  Engagement), Coral Hair (Manager: Democracy Services), Ariell King (Team Leader: Policy), Keren Paekau (Kaiarahi  Māori ), Josh Te Kani (Kaiarahi  Māori ), Danna Leslie (Senior Strategic Advisor), Rebecca Gallagher (Policy Analyst), Robyn Garrett (Team Leader: Committee Support), Jenny Teeuwen (Committee Advisor), Raj Naidu (Committee Advisor)



Chairperson Mr Huikakahu Kawe opened the meeting with a Karakia.


 1      Apologies

Committee Resolution  MA1/20/1

Moved:       Cr Kelvin Clout

Seconded:  Mr Puhirake Ihaka

That the apology for lateness from Mr. Pine McLeod and absences received from Cr Bill Grainger and Cr Larry Baldock be accepted.



2            Public Forum  


3            Acceptance of Late Items


4            Confidential Business to be Transferred into the Open


5            Change to Order of Business



6.1         The Chairperson's Report.

Committee Resolution  MA1/20/2

Moved:       Cr Tina Salisbury

Seconded:  Mayor Tenby Powell


That the Tangata Whenua/Tauranga City Council Committee:

(a)       Receives the Chairperson’s report.


Key points

·         The Chairperson congratulated the Mayor and councillors on their successful election.

·         People were the most important focus for any discussions and not ethnicity.

·         The Chairperson provided an update on the Treaty process and the recommendations.

·         The Treaty settlement was a long journey and each iwi had to made their own decisions.


At 2.04pm, Mr Pine McLeod entered the meeting.


·         The Chairperson discussed the level of domestic violence, escalating firearms issues, child abuse and the challenges in addressing these issues.

·         The begging and street use policy had an impact on the street whanau, most of whom were Māori.

·         The Collective wanted to support and be involved in the decision-making process to ensure that Council made the right decisions in the cultural context.


7            Declaration of Conflicts of Interest



8            Business

8.1         Quarterly Monitoring Report to February 2020

Committee Resolution  MA1/20/3

Moved:       Mr Whitiora McLeod

Seconded:  Cr Kelvin Clout

That the Tangata Whenua/Tauranga City Council Committee:

(a)       Receives the report - Quarterly monitoring report to February 2029.



Staff:       Carlo Ellis, Manager: Strategic  Māori  Engagement


A copy of the staff Tabled document for this item can be viewed on Tauranga City Council’s website in the Minutes Attachments document for this committee meeting.


Key points

·         The Chairperson was acknowledged for his guidance and an update was provided on staffing changes to the Takawaenga Unit.

·         The iwi representation in some Council committees was going to change with respect to Anthony Ririnui and Dr. Wayne Beilby.  

·         Takawaenga Unit had operated on three key engagement principles of (a) taking matters to Tangata Whenua as early as possible, (b) more face to face meetings so that there was better collaboration in the consultation processes, and (c) ensuring that information shared by the Unit was correct.


In response to questions

·         Takawaenga Unit worked with each hapū and iwi to facilitate the development process but had to respect internal processes, protocols and challenges that the different hapū and iwi had, and this had ultimately slowed down progress on development plans.

·         It was important to be mindful that every hapū and iwi had different levels of capabilities, resources, finances, and capacity.

·         There was some similarities between what hapū and iwi had wanted and what the Council plans for Tauranga were.

·         Council plans had key deliverables and priority benchmarks so Takawaenga Unit met with each hapū on a regular basis to assist them in working towards those benchmarks and deliverables.  

·         The Takawaenga Unit was somewhat restricted and limited in capacity on what it could do because it was a four person team spread over seventeen hapū and iwi, some of which had complex needs across multiple agencies such as the district and regional councils.

·         The Unit relied on the guidance, feedback and support from hapū and iwi regarding priorities and aspirations.

·         For Tangata Whenua, the conversation around the need for a museum was a live one and they were open to discussion on it.

·         The negotiations with Ngati Whakaue ki Maketu were complex and complicated due to the comprehensive nature of their claim.

·         Maria Horne’s untimely passing had further compounded and slowed the process for Ngati Whakaue ki Maketu because Maria was a key driving force and subject matter expert.

·         It was critical for Council to understand the treaty settlements because there were remedies and lessons learnt from them that could assist in future processes.

·         It would be useful for councillors to understand the legislative requirements of the claims and settlements process to aid in their decision making.

·         Approximately ninety percent of Māori land was zoned rural but it was still important to explore infrastructure such as Māori housing development on these lands.

·         A report on development impact fees had been presented to Council and the request for special consideration for Māori land had to be discussed.  

·         The Māori Land Trusts may be amenable to discussions about rates but that would depend on financial positions of the trusts.

·         The Rangapu were also accessing some resources to make their own independent report to explore development opportunities.

·         Another challenge for Council was that it did not have jurisdiction in some of the areas being discussed, but there was an opportunity to work with other agencies to mitigate duplication of projects and complicating or slowing the process.

·         It was important to have collaboration and synergy between all agencies and councils in Tauranga so that there was an awareness of projects rather than working in silos, particularly with respect to the SmartGrowth process. 

·         Welcome Bay was used as an example where there could be two parcels of land on the opposite sides of a street owned by the same group yet be subject to two different rules due to jurisdiction and boundary lines.

·         Māori land and its subsequent development was governed under a different set of rules which had its own challenges; however the potential was great for landowners and an independent report to the Maori Land Trusts would be the preferred path.

·         The discussions on boundary changes in the Tauriko West development was still progressing.

·         For the Te Tumu project, there was a working party between Council, hapū and iwi; and, the Takawaenga Unit was working on encouraging Māori Land Trusts to be a part of these discussions so that challenges around property or land rights could be resolved.

·         It was prudent for councillors to be well versed on the differences between Māori Land Trusts and hapū obligations under the Resource Management Act because the legislative requirements were very complex and challenging.

·         A workshop on the subject matter above would be worthwhile for councillors, particularly for those who were new to the Council committee. 

·         The collaboration in the spatial planning and integration space between Tangata Whenua, Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, and Bay of Plenty Regional Council was crucial because future environmental challenges would lead to changes in district planning.

·         SmartGrowth needed to manage growth so that utilities could be protected for future growth and development.

Items for staff:

ACTION: Carlo to talk to the Legal Team on organising a workshop.



1        Tabled item - Kopurereroa Valley February 2020 update - Quarterly Monitoring Report - June 2019 to February 2020


8.2         Te Rangapu Mana Whenua Report

Committee Resolution  MA1/20/4

Moved:       Mr Puhirake Ihaka

Seconded:  Cr Tina Salisbury

That the Tangata Whenua/Tauranga City Council Committee:

(a)       Receives the report - Te Rangapu Mana Whenua Report.



Key points

·         Mr Puhirake Ihaka informed the committee members that he was retiring as Chair after twelve years of service and Ms. Matire Duncan would replace him as the new chair for the Te Rangapu Mana Whenua o Tauranga Moana.

·         He reiterated that iwi members should be given voting rights in the standing committee for a more meaningful and mutually beneficial relationship between Council and iwi members because doing so would give the decision making process more credence and acceptance.  

·         It was the Te Rangapu Mana Whenua o Tauranga Moana’s wish that Council review the membership terms of reference of the policy so that the current membership imbalance was addressed and that the committee becomes a committee of the whole rather than simply being a recommendatory committee.

·         By addressing the voting and membership rights, Council would gain the trust of the members, would get a unified view of members, and the consultative process would be more collaborative.

·         When the time came to sell or dispose properties that were surplus to Council needs or requirements,  it was requested that Tangata Whenua should be offered the right of first refusal and this should include the market value that was put on the transaction.

·         The discussions on the right of first refusal and subsequently amending the policy to include it had been going on for over three years or more and a commitment needed to be made.  

·         Every three years, elected members had changed due to elections but the hapū and iwi members remained the same so it was time that the current Council made a decision.

·         A date needed to be confirmed for a workshop to discuss the recommendations of this report so that an informed decision-making process could be started.  


9            Discussion of Late Items



10          NEXT MEETING

Romai Marae would host the next informal forum of all Elected Members and members of the Tangata Whenua Collective, scheduled for Wednesday, 22 April 2020.



The meeting closed with a Karakia by Mr Puhirake Ihaka.



The meeting closed at 10.46am.


The minutes of this meeting were confirmed at the Tangata Whenua / Tauranga City Council Committee meeting held on 18 June 2020