Saunders, W.S.A. 2017 Setting the scene : the role of iwi management plans in natural hazard management. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2017/30. 33 p.; doi: 10.21420/G26D2V
This report forms the first 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 within Council planning is uncertain. The aim of this Stage 1 report is to provide the context for the next stages of the overall research project. Key findings of this report include that: IMPs provide an opportunity to include information on natural hazards, their preferred management options, action points for reducing risks, and engagement processes to assist with the transfer of natural hazard science and mitigation measures. They provide a valuable strategic tool for natural hazard management, however their potential influence and role is uncertain. IMPs are legislated under the RMA, and therefore have the potential to provide very strong guidance to users of IMPs. IMPs can contribute to the co-management and/or co-governance tools available to both iwi and local government by providing important guidance as to priorities, issues, actions, and engagement processes. The following research stages will review how councils and others use IMPs, to assess if they are being used to their full potential. Underpinning IMPs is mātauranga Māori; it is therefore essential that researchers, scientists, and council staff understand what mātauranga Māori is, and how the transfer of knowledge between iwi and others can benefit all those involved in natural hazard management, including Māori communities. IMPs provide an initial ‘first step’ as an engagement tool with iwi. They may outline principles for engaging with their iwi; a process for engaging on policy development and resource consents; information requirements; the iwi’s process for assessing proposals; and may stipulate a preferred method of contact.