Updated 11 September 2018
Tauranga has a rich history of pre-European Maori occupation and as a result there are numerous areas of significance to local iwi and hapu throughout the City. Under section 6(e) and (f) of the Resource Management Act 1991 the Council is required to recognise and provide for the protection and cultural relationships of these areas.The Council acknowledge that it is only appropriate for Maori to identify their relationship and that of their culture and traditions with their ancestral lands, water, areas, waahi tapu and other taonga; and the extent of the values associated with these areas.
The Plan identifies a number of areas that are culturally significant to Tangata Whenua as Significant Maori Areas. Significant Maori Areas are only included where the features of those areas remain and where subdivision, use and development of the Significant Maori Areas could compromise the cultural values and relationships within those Significant Maori Areas. The General Heritage and Maori Heritage Provisions provide guidance on the management of identified areas and include criteria for additional Significant Maori Areas to be identified in the Plan in the future.
Significant Maori Areas that have been identified as warranting protection under the Plan have been classified into three groups:
Definitions in this section
significant maori area