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Mana Whakahono-a-Rohe: Iwi Participation Arrangements (21 April 2017) (New Zealand)

Kensington Swan

“The commitment to Mana Whakahono-a-Rohe agreements is ground-breaking as we at last have a universal vehicle through which iwi and Councils can develop a deeper understanding and agree collaborative arrangements that protect our natural ecosystems and enable sustainable development consistent with our kaitiakitanga values.”- Sir Mark Soloman (Deputy Chair of the Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group)

In March 2016, we released a newsflash on the provision that the Resource Management Amendment Bill made for iwi participation in decisions made for resource management in Aotearoa, including the much-debated Iwi Participation Arrangements (‘IPA’).

The Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 (‘Act’) has now been enacted with some amendments made to the original Bill. As part of these amendments, IPAs have adopted a new ingoa Māori (Māori name). They are now also referred to as Mana Whakahono-a-Rohe (‘MWR’).

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