Buller District Council

Māori representative on council committees

21st May, 2021

At its meeting next Wednesday (26 May), councillors will consider a report from staff that makes four recommendations about mana whenua representation on council committees and on full council.

The report suggests transitioning from 1 July 2021, to enable mana whenua to have voting rights at committee meetings, but not at full council meetings. Continuing the non-voting Māori Portfolio on full Council will also be considered.

Council is being asked to endorse a recommendation to appoint Francois Tumahai and Ned Tuwhare to council’s committees with voting rights. Council has four committees: Finance Risk and Audit; Community, Environment and Services; Infrastructure; and Regulatory.

A new memorandum of understanding is included with the report which outlines how the relationship between council and Te R̄ūnanga o Ngāti Waewae will be approached.

Buller District Mayor Jamie Cleine says the inclusion of a non-elected iwi councillor role into the governance structure has formally recognised the importance of the crucial relationship with Te R̄ūnanga o Ngāti Waewae.

“A strong and positive relationship with Te R̄ūnanga o Ngāti Waewae is important on every level.

Te R̄ūnanga o Ngāti Waewae is already legally recognised as mana whenua by council and will always be heavily engaged in helping us shape the district’s future.”

Also, included in the report for consideration by councillors are updated terms of reference and delegations for the proposed council and committee structures.

Council has operated with a non-elected Māori portfolio councillor role since June 2019. The role has full council membership without voting rights.

Under the local government act members of council must be elected if they are to have voting rights at full council meetings.

Council will also from time to time consult with Maata Waka on matters and seek the input of Maori not associated with Te R̄ūnanga o Ngāti Waewae to help shape the district.

For more information please contact
Mayor Jamie Cleine


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