In this article, we outline the changes to the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) in relation to iwi participation in policy statements (statements) and plan changes which took effect on 19 April 2017.
The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 acknowledges the importance of the marine and coastal area to all New Zealanders and provides for the recognition of the customary rights of iwi, hapū and whānau in the common marine and coastal area. Public access to the common marine and coastal area is guaranteed by the Act.
Renika, an Associate in our Māori Legal Team, discusses the different aspects of claimant definition in a Treaty settlement context, including what a Large Natural Grouping is, how hapū sit within this and the role of a Wai claimant.
The Waitangi Tribunal has discretion to give priority to certain claims and in exceptional circumstances the Tribunal will adjust its priorities and reallocate its resources to determine applications for an urgent inquiry.