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This report forms the second stage in a four-stage research programme investigating the role of iwi management plans in natural hazard management. Iwi management plans provide a valuable strategic tool for natural hazard management. However, their potential influence and role is uncertain. To assist in our evaluation, a case study was undertaken in the Bay of Plenty Region. Of the 29 iwi management plans lodged with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, we analysed 21 for their natural hazard provisions, linkages to other plans and policies, and consultation process. Only six of these analysed plans referenced natural hazards. This occurred to different degrees. Some had specific and explicit information on natural hazard risks and climate change, while others were more general. Based on the content of these six plans, four were analysed in more detail. This research has shown that iwi management plans are extremely valuable resources that document iwi issues, actions, and aspirations. The four plans that were further analysed were well structured, written for ease of use by council staff, and comprehensive in the way they addressed natural hazards and climate change. They have huge potential to influence policy and decision making, if used to their full potential. This stage of the research has raised further questions, from a land use planning and emergency management perspective, and from a sharing of knowledge perspective. This research is based on the Bay of Plenty plans only; it will not reflect iwi management plans elsewhere in the country, many of which may include natural hazard policies.