Iwi/ hapū management plans

This page reports on the lodgement of iwi/hapū management plans with local authorities. 

RMA requirements

Iwi/hapū management plans are planning documents that are:

  • recognised by an iwi authority
  • relevant to the resource management issues of the region/district/rohe
  • lodged with the relevant local authority.

They must be taken into account when preparing or changing regional policy statements and regional and district plans. They are used by iwi/hapū to express kaitiakitanga.

Documents may detail:

  • environmental, cultural, economic and spiritual aspirations and values
  • areas of cultural significance
  • outline how the iwi/hapū expects to be involved in the management, development and protection of resources
  • expectations for engagement and participation in RMA processes.

As the RMA is silent on how iwi/hapū management plans are to be developed they therefore assume a variety of shapes and forms. The contents of an iwi/hapū management plan depend on the priorities and preferences of the iwi/hapū preparing the plan. They may address a single issue or resource such as freshwater or Māori heritage, or provide a regional assessment of issues of significance to iwi/hapū in a given area. They may also address economic, social, political and cultural issues in addition to environmental and resource management issues.

Iwi/hapu management plans — overview






Number of councils which by the end of the financial year had received one or more iwi/hapū management plans

55 (70% of councils)

56 (72% of councils)

56 (72% of councils)

56 (72% of councils)

Iwi/hapū management plans received by local authorities by the end of the 2014/15 financial year





Number of iwi/hapū management plans lodged, removed or updated with local authorities from 2015/16 onwards





See the Act

For more information on the RMA related to this page see the following sections of the Act on the New Zealand Legislation website.