Resource Management

Services and Provisions

The Hokonui Rūnanga Kaupapa Taiao

Role in Resource Management

Hokonui Rūnanga employs a team of technical experts to look after taiao-related projects and
engagement. Their role is to:

  • Protect and maintain the rangatiratanga (as recognised in both Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Ngāi Tahu Claims Settlement Act 1998) of the members of the Hokonui Rūnanga as it is defined by them in accordance with their own traditions and customs (which is in itself guaranteed active protection by the Crown in the Treaty of Waitangi, especially in Article 2).


  • Engage in any other lawful activity necessary for the protection and maintenance of the rights of the Hokonui Runanga guaranteed by Te Tiriti o Waitangi.


  • Take part in any formal or informal procedures whether at Central, Regional, or Local Government; or community level which will involve the use and management of resources which are under the care of Hokonui Rūnanga as mana whenua kaitiaki.


  • Promote and safeguard the amenity, health, safety, and cultural and social welfare of both tangata whenua and the wider community of every settlement
    within the Hokonui takiwā, where it intersects with the taiao.

Relevant Contact:

(Environmental Lead)

Relevant Contact:

(Environmental Assistant)

Hokonui Rūnanga


Hokonui Taiao is responsible for resource consent applications within our immediate Takiwa (as shown in the map to the right).

If you are looking to lodge a resource consent with Iwi outside of this region consider having a look at the resource management departments of the other Papatipu Rūnanga

Murihiku Southland: Te Ao Marama

Otakou Otago: Aukaha


Resource Consent

Mana Whenua Consultation

The type of resource consents where consultation with Ngāi Tahu is required or encouraged by Councils include (without limitation):

  • Applications for water takes and the relocation of water takes.
  • Proposals that impact on coastal resources and landscapes.
  • Proposals that impact on freshwater, including freshwater mahika Ngāi species.
  • Proposals that impact on landscapes that are of significance to mana whenua.
  • Proposals that impact on wāhi tūpuna/cultural landscapes.

Hokonui Rūnanga Kaupapa Taiao


Taiao recommends that it is best practice for applicants to undertake consultation with Ngāi Tahu as mana whenua when developing proposals that are within an area of interest to Ngāi Tahu, or where the work involves resources of particular interest to Ngāi Tahu. For more information in regarding best practice with Hokonui Taiao please check out our Te Kawa below.

Where councils have identified that mana whenua may be affected by a proposal, applicants should consult at the earliest possible stage in the development of their proposals to ensure that any concerns can be identified and addressed.

The aspiration of Ngāi Tahu is to assume their kāitiaki role as mana whenua ki Murihiku to its fullest, as protected and guaranteed by Article II of the Treaty of Waitangi. Hokonui Taiao supports this aspiration through engagement via statutory processes under the Resource Management Act 1991 and through direct engagement with our clients.

Our work is guided by the Te Tangi a Tauira: Ngāi Tahu ki Murihiku Natural Resource and Environmental Iwi Management Plan 2008. This resource ensure Ngāi Tahu ki Murihiku issues and policies are provided for in planning documents and determines the nature and extent of consultation required with respect to specific activities or areas of importance.Te Tangi a Tauira can be found in our relevant resources page.

Te Kawa

Hokonui Runanga Taiao Associations, Values Expectations & Aspirations

Robin Restoration Volunteer Programme

Robin Restoration Donations Programme