Research as part of supporting iwi with strategic housing and economic development strategy and advocating for mana whenua interests with Council in plan-making process. Facilitating hui for iwi visioning, developing values-based decision making criteria and development feasibility of (potential) future land holdings.


The Challenge

  • The purpose of this engagement was to develop a framework weighting system that would identify Ngāti Hāua’s values within current and future projects. 

The Journey 

  • Matakohe Architecture and Urbanism worked with Ngāti Hāua to explore and establish a te ao Māori process for their own projects. The project re-framed the relationship of working with crown entities into a hapu-led process. 
  • TUA worked with Matakohe and Ngāti Hāua to give a broader understanding of the various elements within central and local government. TUA’s role was that of a broker, between Ngāti Hāua and the crown, ultimately to serve the goals of Ngāti Hāua. 

The Outcome

  • A Values-Based Decision Matrix was designed as a weighting-system that would help guide decisions and work programmes of Ngāti Hāua. The matrix was to help 
  • to assess and rate development proposals that align with Ngāti Hāua values, 
  • to identify and select appropriate housing, commercial and other land use projects led by Ngāti Hāua, and
  • to develop the conditions and requirements of development projects within Ngāti Hāua rohe. 
  • The criteria allowed iwi to articulate their values in a framework that was based on trust and shared values when working with key partners.
  • TUA helped to ensure that the priorities of Ngāti Hāua captured the strategic context of the local council, in a way that served Ngāti Hāua’s vision. 

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