Mana Whenua 2021-31

Greater Wellington acknowledges and values the information that individual mana whenua partners have contributed to this Long Term Plan.

Ko te mahi tahi ki te mana whenua - Partnering with mana whenua

Greater Wellington has six mana whenua partners as represented by the following entities:

  • Ngā Hapū o Ōtaki
  • Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust
  • Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira Inc
  • Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust
  • Rangitāne O Wairarapa Inc.
  • Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Charitable Trust

Greater Wellington also has links with mātāwaka through marae around the region.
In referring to Māori, Greater Wellington means the projects and services in which mana whenua and mātāwaka have shared interests.

Growing expectations for improved outcomes for mana whenua and Māori

Improving outcomes for mana whenua and Māori is one of four strategic priorities in the Long Term Plan and along with the Māori Outcomes Framework signals clear change across the business.

Read the Māori Outcomes Framework. (PDF 106 KB)


The changes ahead for Greater Wellington are significant. Change can be challenging but with change comes opportunity. Change means using different analytical processes and criteria in making decisions on the direction we take with mana whenua and Māori. It means being deliberate in designing interventions and systemic changes as we work together. Improving outcomes for mana whenua and Māori enables us to transform the way we prioritise, plan, invest and deliver positive results for mana whenua and Māori. We are committed to striving for excellence, in using the poutama model to ensure we continue to improve how we work and the outcomes we achieve with mana whenua and Māori across all the work we do and across the region.

For many years, mana whenua identified the challenges in continuing to work with Greater Wellington to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes for catchments with resourcing that changed very little over time. Going forward, we have agreed new baseline funding for mana whenua to support strategic planning priorities. Engaging mana whenua in our new work programme planning process also enables us to share additional operational funding with mana whenua on an annual basis. This dual resourcing approach enables:

  • Mana whenua to realise their aspirations of working productively in their own rohe and with Council in delivering positive mutually beneficial outcomes that recognise and value their mātauranga Māori; and
  • Greater Wellington to share mutually agreed opportunities in activities across the business which includes land management, monitoring waterways, pest management and riparian planting.

We are in the process of working with mana whenua to work out new ways of working together – this is a transitional Long Term Plan.

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Artwork from the Greater Wellington Regional Council Chamber, by Elaine Bevan (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa) with the assistance of Ezra Bevan (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa), Hermann Salzmann (Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Koata), and Kohai Grace (Ngāti Toa) with the assistance of her son Rakairoa Hori (Ngāti Toa) and a whakairo student (of Sam Hauwaho) Benjamin Jolley (Waikato)

The information that follows describes mana whenua priorities in their own voice and includes some aspirations and expectations of engaging with Greater Wellington going forward. However, for the avoidance of doubt, this information should not be interpreted in any way as evidence that mana whenua endorses or supports all of the information in the LTP.

Updated 21 March 2024 at 09:57