A High Court Judge says Maori are going to have to think big in the future in order to have the impact needed to solve problems.
Justice Joe Williams was the keynote speaker at a one day conference called Te Toanga mai o Te Ra, held in Te Maunga near Tauranga on Monday.
He told council, iwi leaders and managers gathered at the conference that they need to think ahead to 2050.
Justice Williams says Maori are deeply anti-centrist and tend to think at village level, but the future will require them to think at scale.
He says each district will find its own answer.