Our Māori communities have been revived by an increasing population supported by affordable housing, critical infrastructure and expanding job opportunities. Tairāwhiti Māori are supported by service providers that meet and reflect their needs and aspirations. The Māori economy is booming, reflected by growing business confidence and entrepreneurship. Iwi have invested in significant economic development opportunities. This includes the development of traditional primary industry initiatives (agriculture) as well as newer industries such as tourism, apiculture and horticulture. Council and iwi have built and maintained strong partnerships that ensure our region’s resources / taonga are restored and protected for generations to come. Māori are significant contributors to Council’s planning and decision making processes.
- There is opportunity to further celebrate our rich cultural heritage and to support iwi aspirations such as the development of Maori owned land, local tourism and housing development opportunities.
- Improve performance on Māori freehold land- it is now one of our fastest growing and most diverse regional economic assets.
- Increase targeted support to Māori community development projects
- Adoption of a holistic wellbeing model with providers and agencies in our region can deliver hauora, social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being outcomes for Māori.
- Upgrade marae so that they are resilient to future change and meet the needs of current and future generations.
- Deliver the training, development and mentoring in Te Tairāwhiti to support the growth of Maori business and address skill shortages – known skill shortages include Te Ao Māori, technology, finance, strategy, resource management, and sales and marketing.
- Incorporate the values, culture and beliefs of Tairāwhiti Māori into Council policy.
- Increase the number of opportunities that promote shared governance over natural taonga.
- Māori aspirations for Tairāwhiti are enabled through recognition of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Customary Rights.
- Iwi are actively managing natural taonga within their traditional rohe - either through joint management agreement with Council, or through a transfer of functions, powers or duties.
- Māori are significant developers in Te Tairāwhiti- from active development of land to increase capacity for use, to sustainable models of living in their rohe. This is seen through the active revival of Papa Kainga and development aimed to assist the two largest areas of population growth- Maori housing and aged care facilities for rural kaumatua and kohanga / kura education and care spaces for tamariki.
- Māori business models in Tairāwhiti are world leaders. They are an innovative and diverse sector focused on sustainable land and water use, localized job creation and learning, localized production and processing and intergenerational outcomes.
- Marae that are alive and thriving, and people that are reconnecting with each other and the whenua. The mana of the whenua and mauri of the waterways is restored in Te Tairāwhiti.
- The way see and make sense of the world is enhanced through an understanding of Te Ao Māori and Mātauranga Māori.
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