Nga Whakamahere o Te Taiao - Iwi/Hapū Management Plans

What is an Iwi/Hapū Environmental Management Plan?

An Iwi/Hapū Environmental Management Plan (IHEMP) is a document developed and approved by an Iwi Authority. These plans describe resource management issues of importance to tangata whenua. The plans may also contain information relating to specific cultural values, historical accounts, descriptions of areas of interest (Hāpu/ iwi boundaries/rohe) and consultation/engagement protocols for resource consents and/or plan changes.

Importance of Iwi/Hapū Environmental Management Plans

Iwi/Hapū Environmental Management Plan planning documents recognised by an Iwi Authority provide a mechanism for tangata whenua interests to be considered in regional council processes. There are specific legislative requirements which require council staff to take these plans into account when developing resource management plans under the Resource Management Act 1991. Council also considers these plans when processing resource consent applications.

Funding for Iwi/Hapū Environmental Management Plans

The regional council will provide a contribution (in part) to the development of IHEMP plans. An annual contestable fund will be available once a year so that these plans are continually developed, reviewed or updated. All funding applications are carefully considered against the following criteria.

Criteria for application

Funding will only be paid to an established legal entity such as a marae committee, Hapū trust, Iwi Authority, or consultants acting on behalf of the applicant.

Applicants must agree to:

a) The final IHEMP being recognised by the relevant Iwi Authority.
b) A copy of the final IHEMP being formally lodged with the regional council.
c) An electronic copy of the IHEMP (either new, revised or updated) being placed on the regional council's website.

Download the full IHEMP Application Criteria - 2020 (PDF, 160KB)

How to apply

What you'll need...

  • Details of your project
  • Supporting documents and bank account details
  • Iwi/Hāpu Environmental Management Plan Fund application form 2020 

Application form

PDF version | Application form - IHEMP 2020 (PDF, 230KB)
Word version | Application form - IHEMP 2020 (docx, 45KB)

Completed applications must be submitted by a person duly authorised by the Hāpu and/or iwi and returned by:

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Mail: Northland Regional Council, Private Bag 9021, Whangārei Mail Centre, Whangārei 0148
  • Delivery: to our main office at 36 Water Street, Whangārei; or to any of our regional offices

Dates for applications

Applications for Iwi/Hāpu Environmental Management Plans funding will be accepted from 9 December 2020 to 19 February 2021 with successful applicants being notified mid-March / early-April 2021.

Need help?

If you need assistance with your Iwi/Hapū Management Plan, contact:

Arama Morunga, Kaiārahi – Tikanga Māori, Northland Regional Council
P: 0800 002 004 | E: [email protected]