2 Oct 2008

Iwi set to make resource consent decisions

10:12 pm on 2 October 2008

A North Island iwi looks set to make resource consent rulings alongside elected district councillors, in what is being heralded as a first for New Zealand.

Ngati Tuwharetoa is to discuss the possibility of shared decision-making with the Taupo District Council over resource consents on Maori multiple-owned freehold land.

The proposed partnership arrangement would allow the iwi to select representatives to work with councillors.

Taupo Mayor Rick Cooper says if the agreement is ratified by a hui next week, it will usher in a new era of collaboration.

More than half of the freehold land in the Taupo District is in Maori ownership.