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Papa Pounamu is a technical interest group aligned with the Special Interest Groups within Te Kokiringa Taumata (NZPI or the NZ Planning Institute). The group focuses on the role of Māori in the New Zealand planning framework, and the integration of Māori perspectives in resource management planning and decision-making.

With new institutional arrangements to manage resources in Aotearoa New Zealand being established (and re-established) through legislation, the time and need for this is greater now, and more relevant, than ever.

Papa Pounamu seeks to complement the strategic direction of NZPI by providing a fully informed Māori perspective so that the NZPI are capable of responding to the issues and challenges that will arise in the planning profession in Aotearoa NZ.

The co-existence of two paradigms in managing our natural resources will need leadership, and with the important role planners perform in managing these resources, the NZPI, through the support of Papa Pounamu, is capable and well positioned to support those practitioners.

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Latest news from Papa Pounamu

2023 was a big year...on the one hand we faced unprecedented weather and climate related disasters; on the other we are seeing a new coalition government take power and commit to 100 actions in 100 days, set to undo a lot of progress made to strengthen our system’s resilience in relation to future events and planning challenges. The change of government means “a change of policies and a change of approach”. Read more in our December Pānui ...

POUNAMU | December 2023

Strategic Plan

Mission Statement

To increase and retain Māori participation in planning and achieve greater integration of Māori environmental cultural practices in the Aotearoa New Zealand planning sector.

Key Objectives

  • Cultural planning practices are viewed as business as usual - what is good for Māori is good for Aotearoa
  • Greater presence of Māori in the planning profession and NZPI

We are currently updating our strategic direction; full details will be available here soon.

Whaia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koe me he maunga teitei

Pursue excellence and don’t be deterred by anything less than a lofty mountain

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