7 Mar 2014

Mana Whenua looks to streamline role in consents process

8:00 am on 7 March 2014

Auckland's Independent Maori Statutory Board says Mana Whenua are keen to find an efficient way to provide advice on works which may affect culturally sensitive sites.

The move is to allay fears that individuals may face costly and lengthy resource consent processes, through needing advice from iwi on work proposed within sites of cultural value.

Consultation with iwi is required in some cases under Auckland Council's new Unitary Plan.

Statutory board chairman David Taipari has met with Mana Whenua and says they are keen to protect sensitive sites and also work as efficiently as any other resource consent process.

He says he's comfortable that council officials and Mana Whenua are working to make sure any provisions are operative, efficient and effective.

Mr Taipari says he's happy with the way Auckland Council is operating to ensure any public concerns are addressed.

He says Mana Whenua would advise the council about any cultural sensitivities, and it would be the council which makes the decision on the resource consent.