What is an Iwi/Hapū Environmental Management Plan?
A Hapū/Iwi Environmental Management Plan (HEMP) is a term commonly applied to a resource management plan developed by hapū, iwi or iwi authority. Hapū/Iwi Environmental Management Plans are holistic documents that describe resource management issues of importance to tangata whenua.
The plans may also contain information relating to specific cultural values, historical accounts, and descriptions of areas of interest (hapū/iwi boundaries/rohe) and consultation/engagement protocols for resource consents and monitoring, plan changes and matters of significance for tangata whenua.
Importance of Iwi/Hapū Environmental Management Plans
Hapū and iwi resource planning documents recognised by an Iwi Authority provide a mechanism for tangata whenua interests to be considered in regional council decision-making. There are specific legislative obligations that require the council to take 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
A total fund of $20,000 is available from council for the development, review and updating of Hapū/Iwi environmental management plans. The maximum allocation for any one application for funding is $10,000. The fund provides financial and technical support for hapū and iwi for their Resource Management Planning Project.
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.
If you need more information about Iwi/Hapū Management Plans, contact:
Shane Hakaraia, Kaiāwhina Kaupapa Māori, Northland Regional Council
P: 0800 002 004 | E: [email protected]