"Whiria te Tāngata - weave the people together" - the importance of Iwi Engagement

"Whiria te Tāngata - weave the people together" - the importance of Iwi Engagement

Woven into the very fabric of every Māori business decision is a deep cultural and spiritual history with a collective approach to decision-making.

Meanwhile, as Aotearoa New Zealand moves towards the future, our indigenous people’s principles of kaitiakitanga – sustainably protecting and caring for our land, sea and sky – have come into sharp focus for us all.

Tonkin + Taylor (T+T) welcomes the growing Māori voice and energy that is now very much to the fore, including its presence in new Government initiatives such as the recently created three waters entity, Taumata Arowai, and its Māori Advisory Group.

Over many years, T+T’s specialist Māori engagement team has worked successfully with mana whenua to ensure their voice is heard, their concerns addressed and that their unique cultural identity shines through in our key infrastructure and land development projects. We’re also helping Māori to grow, building economic and community resilience – something that benefits all Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Māori economy is strong and still growing, boosting GDP at an unprecedented pace. It is a diverse, vibrant and productive influence with new investment areas including geothermal, digital, services, education, tourism, commercial development and housing.  We also understand the challenges individual iwi face. For example, many have land, but struggle to access appropriate funding streams to plan and develop transformational projects that will allow communities to prosper.

At the same time, as the Resource Management Act reforms gather pace, Māori the length and breadth of the country are deep in discussion, positioning themselves to make a positive and enduring impact on land use and development, restoring our polluted waterways to health and preserving the taonga that is our taiao, or environment.

So, how can we help you? Our Iwi engagement team has a strong understanding of Te Ao Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Māori way of collective ownership, working and thinking. We know that this isn’t true for everyone and that, at times, differing perspectives and points of view can make it difficult to find common ground.

Engaging a T+T iwi engagement specialist will enable you to get enjoyable, constructive dialogue going quickly, paving the way for smoother project outcomes.

For Māori, engaging our experts will give you access to advice that will support the aspirations of your Iwi, hapū or Marae, and pave the way for smoother project outcomes. If your iwi or hapū is looking for funding streams to help you plan and deliver projects, we can help with that mahi too.

If you'd like to discuss the above or have any questions regarding iwi engagement, please get in touch with Angela Young - Stakeholder and Iwi Engagement Specialist.