Ordinary Te Kuaka - Te Ao Māori Committee Meeting Minutes Unconfirmed

28 November 2023


   MINUTES OF Far North District Council
Ordinary Te Kuaka - Te Ao Māori Committee Meeting
Council Chambers, Memorial Avenue, Kaikohe
Tuesday, 28 November 2023 AT 12:30 pm


PRESENT:              Chairperson Harry Burkhardt, Cr Hilda Halkyard-Harawira, Kahika - Mayor Moko Tepania, Cr Ann Court, Cr Felicity Foy, Cr Babe Kapa, Cr Steve McNally, Cr Tāmati Rākena, Cr John Vujcich, Mariameno Kapa- Kingi (Te Runanga o Whaingaroa)

IN ATTENDANCE: Phillip Grimshaw (Virtual), Kiri Sloan- Hobson (Virtual), Dallas King, Ipu Tito-Absolum, Chicky Rudkin (Kaikohe-Hokianga Community Board Chair)

STAFF PRESENT: Roger Ackers (Group Manager – Policy and Planning), Ellie Greenwood (Democracy Advisor – Democracy Services), Ruben Garcia (Group Manager – Communication and Engagement), Fleur Beresford (Democracy Advisor – Democracy Services), Imrie Dunn (Democracy Advisor – Democracy Services), Casey Gannon (Manager – Democracy Services), Llani Harding (Pouhautu Te Hono – Manager Te Hono), Maria Giacon (Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer), Melissa Wood  (Community Board Coordinator – Stakeholder Relationships), Dena-Maree Hemara (Kaiarahi Kaupapa Māori – Te Hono), Emma Healy (Executive Officer – Strategic Relationships), Jacine Warmington ( Group Manager -  Strategic Relationships), Jude Campbell (Principal Advisor – Te Hono), Lawrence Whareraru (Kaiarahi Kaupapa Māori – Te Hono), Marlema Baker (Te Kuaka Committee Coordinator -  Democracy Services), Esther Powell (Manager – Climate Action and Resilience)


1            Karakia Timatanga / Opening Prayer

Chairperson Harry Burkhardt opened the meeting at 12:43pm

2            NGā WHAKAPāHA ME NGā PāNGA MEMA / Apologies and Declarations of Interest


Resolution  2023/9

Moved:       Cr Tāmati Rākena

Seconded:  Cr Hilda Halkyard-Harawira

That the apology received from Kōwhai Deputy Mayor Kelly Stratford, Crs Penetaui Klescovich, Te Kahu o Taonui Representatives Wallace Rivers, Margaret Mutu, Katie Murray, Pita Tipene, Thomas Hohaia, Teresa Ashton-Tepania be accepted and leave of absence granted.



3            NGĀ KŌRERO / Chairperson ANNOUNCEMENTS   

Kahika Moko Tepania

Deputy Chairperson Hilda Halkyard-Harawira

·         Acknowledging everyone in the room and the work ahead of us. Acknowledge Mariameno for her new role.

·         Acknowledge Frank Herbert, Paulette Montino who have passed away

·         Turn our minds to Moka Puru, the partner of Hine Puru who has passed away and a lot of the work that he has done over the years for us in the North

·         There is a lot to be said about Papa Moka, and it’s sad that he has passed before the next report for Te Paparahi o Te Raki comes through. But other than the highs and the lows, we carry on

Cr Tāmati Rākena

·         I just want to give a brief update of an event that Ngāti Kaharau and Ngāti Hau and Te Mauri o Te Wai had yesterday at Te Raupō regarding our Wastewater Treatment plant there

·         For the wastewater treatment consent we saw the consent reduced from 35 to 15 to 3 years so I am looking forward to working over the coming years with hapū and community to uphold the aspirations of that area for wastewater treatment processes

·         It was great to see a youthful presence at these events as a way of succession planning for the leaders who will take on these workstreams in the future

Mariameno Kapa-Kingi

·         Acknowledgements to all who are present today, and those who are in a state of grieving at this time but also acknowledging our young generations who are coming through

·         Excited for her new role as the MP for Te Tai Tokerau representing Te Pāti Māori

·         Acknowledging new Chair for Northland Regional Council Geoff Crawford

4            Te Whakaaetanga o Ngā Meneti o Mua / Confirmation of Previous Minutes

4.1         Confirmation of Previous Minutes

Agenda item 4.1 document number A4459379, pages 8 - 12 refers.

Resolution  2023/10

Moved:       Cr John Vujcich

Seconded:  Cr Tāmati Rākena

That Te Kuaka – Te Ao Māori Committee confirm the minutes of the Extraordinary meeting held virtually on 7 November 2023 are a true and correct record noting the apology from Kōwhai Deputy Mayor Stratford.



At 1:11pm, Cr Kapa joined the meeting.

At 1:16pm, Cr Kapa left the meeting.

5            Ngā Pūrongo / Reports

5.1         Climate Action Policy

Agenda item 5.1 document number A4480102, pages 13 - 50 refers.

Resolution  2023/11

Moved:       Cr Hilda Halkyard-Harawira

Seconded:  Kahika - Mayor Moko Tepania

That the Te Kuaka Te Ao Māori Committee endorse the Climate Action Policy and support its early socialisation with iwi/hapu/whanau.


6            ngā tono kōrero / Deputation

·         Chicky Rudkin: Spoke in regard to Te Puna o Kupenuku lease agreement

·         Ipu Tito- Absolum- Spoke on behalf of Te Mahurehure in regard to Te Waananga o Hokianga which was established last year and is seeking a longer lease of 17 years in order to continue on with developing trade training, professional training and Matauranga-a-hapu.

·         Dallas King- Spoke on behalf of Ngāti Kaharau me Ngāti Hau Hapu with the intent to exemplify the premise that exists within the council's decision making and operational processes, and to outline how that continues to translate into our Rawenewene & Hokianga communities.

Tabled Documents from Deputation Speaker

Attachments tabled at meeting

1     Tabled Document- KHCB Report to Te Kuaka regarding TPOK's Lease Request. (Objective I.D A4500076 refers).

2     Te Waananga o Hokianga Brief to Te Kuaka . (Objective I.D A4500057 refers).

At 2:04 pm, Cr Steve McNally left the meeting.

At 2:20 pm, Cr Babe Kapa returned to the meeting.

At 2:23 pm, Cr Tāmati Rākena left the meeting.

At 2:25 pm, Cr Tāmati Rākena returned to the meeting.

At 2:29 pm, Cr Babe Kapa left the meeting.

At 2:44pm, meeting was adjourned.

At 3:01pm, meeting resumed.


7            Ngā Pūrongo Taipitopito / Information Reports

7.1         Establishment of a Far North District Council Naming Panel

Agenda item 6.1 document number A4428046, pages 51 - 58 refers.

Resolution  2023/12

Moved:       Cr Tāmati Rākena

Seconded:  Kahika - Mayor Moko Tepania

That the Te Kuaka – Te Ao Māori Committee receive the report Establishment of a Far North District Council Naming Panel.



At 3:04 pm, Cr Steve McNally returned to the meeting.

7.2         Ratings Relief Policy Amendments

Agenda item 6.2 document number A4462055, pages 59 - 62 refers.

Resolution  2023/13

Moved:       Kahika - Mayor Moko Tepania

Seconded:  Cr Tāmati Rākena

That the Te Kuaka – Te Ao Māori Committee:

a)    receive the report Ratings Relief Policy Amendments

b)    request staff review implementation of Local Government (Rating of Whenua Māori) Amendment Act 2021 to decrease rating debt and report back to Te Kuaka – Te Ao Māori Committee 22 February 2024.




7.3         Review of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Council, and Iwi and Hapū

Agenda item 6.3 document number A4476213, pages 63 - 66 refers.

Resolution  2023/14

Moved:       Cr Tāmati Rākena

Seconded:  Cr Hilda Halkyard-Harawira

That the Te Kuaka – Te Ao Māori Committee;

a)   receive this report and

b)   endorse the approach of developing a Charter of Understanding outlining Councils broader approach to partnership, with specific Memorandum of Partnerships (MoPs) attached and tailored to Iwi and Hapū partners.



7.4         Te Kahu o Taonui - Taiao Portal Update

Agenda item 6.4 document number A4480772, pages 67 - 71 refers

Resolution  2023/15

Moved:       Cr Hilda Halkyard-Harawira

Seconded:  Cr John Vujcich

That the Te Kuaka – Te Ao Māori Committee receive the report Te Kahu o Taonui - Taiao Portal Update.



7.5         Nga Take Maori / Matters of Importance to Maori

Agenda item 6.5 document number A4483426, pages 72 - 77 refers

Resolution  2023/16

Moved:       Cr Hilda Halkyard-Harawira

Seconded:  Cr John Vujcich

That the Te Kuaka – Te Ao Māori Committee receive the report Nga Take Māori / Matters of Importance to Māori.


8            Karakia WHAKAMUTUNGA / CLOSING Prayer

Kahika Moko Tepania closed the meeting with a karakia.


9            Meeting Close

The meeting closed at 3:29pm.

The minutes of this meeting will be confirmed at the Ordinary Te Kuaka - Te Ao Māori Committee Meeting held on.