Waikato River Authority

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Nov 9, 2013 (3 years and 11 months ago)

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Waikato River Authority

Co
-
Governance in Action

Roger Pikia

RMLA Conference 2011

VISION AND STRATEGY


Entering a new era of co
-
governance and co
-
management


Change needs to occur to restore the Waikato River and its
catchment


Previous management and governance styles have failed the
River and it communities

Co
-
Governance of the Waikato River

Waikato River Iwi Relationships

Waikato
River
Authority


10 trustees (5 appointed
by the Crown, 5
appointed by iwi)


Trustee for the Waikato
River Clean
-
Up Trust

Ministers
and
government
depts


Accords


Ministerial forum


Regulations and bylaws

Local and
territorial
authorities


Joint management
agreement


Upper Waikato River
Integrated Management
Plan


Resource consents


River Iwi

The Clean
-
Up Trust
received $21m initially,
then $7m p/a for 27 years

Ngati
Tuwharetoa

Te Arawa

Ngati
Raukawa

Ngati
Maniapoto

Waikato
-
Tainui

Iwi

Accord: Local
Government

Accord:
Agriculture,
Forestry and
Biosecurity

MOU: Historic
Places Trust

Accord: Energy
and Resources

MOU: NZ
Archaeological
Association

Accord: Land
Information

MOU:
Relevant local
authorities

Accord: Crown
Lands

MOU: other
relevant
entities or
agencies

Accord: Maori
Affairs

Tools for Iwi to Engage

Key aspects of the Co
-
Management

Deed

Legislative recognition of the vision and strategy

Waikato River Authority

Waikato River Clean
-
up Trust

Iwi objectives

Co
-
management arrangements

Relationship mechanisms

Examples of Co
-
management
A
rrangements

Upper Waikato
River Integrated
Management Plan

Te Arawa River Iwi
Environmental
Management Plan

Regulations and
bylaws

Exemptions for
customary
activities

Joint management
arrangements with
local authorities

Joint Management Agreements

Resource Consent Process

LA provides TARIT with information on resource consent applications

LA and TARIT develop and agree criteria to assist the LA decision making
under specified sections of the RMA

RMA Planning documents

Convene a joint working party to make recommendations to the LA

Make joint decisions on the final recommendations

Monitoring and enforcement

LA and TARIT meet at least twice a year to discuss monitoring and
enforcement including priorities and iwi participation

Joint Management Agreement
-

process

Joint committee


Between Iwi and local
authority

Progress report to
Minister

In the event of disputes
-


WRA will make
recommendations


If disputes remain, Minister
makes final determination

JMA in force


JMA must be finalised by Iwi
and local authority

Customary
Fishing


Will allow Iwi to
manage customary
fishing through the
issuing of
authorisations to
fisheries managed
under the Fisheries
Act 1996.


Rec to GG by
27/10/12 for regs

Fishing
Management


Will allow TARIT to
recommend the making of
bylaws (by the Minister of
Fisheries) to restrict or
prohibit fishing of fisheries
managed under the
Fisheries Act. 1996.


Bylaws cannot have an
undue adverse effect on
fishing.


Rec to GG by 12/5/11 for
regs


No deadline for making
bylaws

Conservation


Consider possible
regs for the
management of
aquatic life,
habitats and
natural resources
managed under
Conservation
legislation


By Jan 2016

Regulations and By
-
Laws

Waikato River Authority


Vision and Strategy



Set the primary direction through the vision and strategy to achieve the
restoration and protection of the health and wellbeing of the Waikato river for
present and future generations



Leadership


Promote an integrated, holistic, and co
-
ordinated approach to the implementation
of the vision and strategy and the management of the Waikato river



Clean
-
up trust



Fund rehabilitation initiatives for the Waikato river as trustee of the Waikato river
clean
-
up trust



Purpose

Other Functions


Advisory Function to:


Local authorities on giving effect to vision and strategy through
RMA Planning documents


Management agencies to achieve integrated, holistic and co
-
ordinated


Approach to implementing the vision and strategy


The environmental protection authority (power to request call
-
ins)




Monitoring Function


Carry out effectiveness monitoring
-

5 yearly report to crown and iwi




RMA
H
earing Commissioners


Maintain register of iwi
-
appointed commissioners


Appoint accredited commissioners to


• Relevant environment Waikato hearing committees


• Relevant boards of inquiry





Other Functions


Provides for innovation and change


Creates a vehicle for tangata whenua to restore the Waikato River


Provides a platform for enduring, effective relationships across
the community.


Builds on a range of aspirations for the river and uses collective
values to restore the river.


Resourced to make a change.


Provides legislative teeth to empower tangata whenua in positive
ways.


Shares decision making


A Co
-
Governance Era: Opportunities
and Challenges


Little known or understood of co
-
governance in the wider
environment


Some reluctance from those who believe it is a loss of power by
traditional central and local government.


Resourcing still low for the issues at hand


Relationships established but some put little effort into them
once created.


Entrenched views are challenged creating some tensions in this
first early period.

Challenges?


What are your thoughts on this new regime?


What are the challenges you believe will be faced in this era of
co
-
governance/co
-
management?


What are the opportunities?


Feedback?