Eight iwi (tribes) are tangata whenua (people of the land) in Te Tau Ihu (top of the South Island):
Tasman District also covers the northern part of the Ngāi Tahu takiwā (tribal area/territory).
A statutory acknowledgment is legal recognition of the particular cultural, spiritual, historical and traditional association of an iwi with an identified statutory area.
The Māori population has increased steadily in the last ten years. As at the 2013 Census there were 3,438 Māori in the Tasman District - a 12% increase since 2006.
Kaumātua Archdeacon Andy Joseph provides the Mayor and Elected Members with support around tikanga Māori.
Read more about the role of Kaumātua @ todo add block
This statement outlines the steps we intend to take to foster Māori capacity to contribute to our decision-making processes during the current Long Term Plan.
Statement on Fostering Māori Participation in Council Decision-Making @todo