Do I need to consult Kāi Tahu?

The written approval of affected parties is required for non-notified resource consent applications. Where a resource consent application is notified, consultation with affected parties including manawhenua is recommended.

Aukaha consults the relevant rūnaka on behalf of applicants where written approval is required as part of a resource consent application. Work is undertaken on a cost recovery basis.

The Kāi Tahu ki Otago Natural Resource Management Plan 2005 describes in detail Kāi Tahu values, knowledge and perspectives on natural resource and environmental management issues.

This document is available here, from public libraries and in council offices throughout Otago.  It should be referred to where applicable in your application.

The type of consents where consultation with Kāi Tahu is required or encouraged by Councils include (without limitation):
• Applications for water takes and the shifting of water takes.

• Proposals that impact on coastal resources and landscapes.

• Proposals that impact on freshwater, including freshwater mahika kai species.

• Proposals that impact on landscapes that are of significance to manawhenua.

It is best practice for applicants to undertake consultation with tangata whenua when developing proposals that are within an area of interest to tangata whenua, or involve resources of particular interest to tangata whenua. 
Where councils have identified that tangata whenua may be affected by a proposal, applicants should be encouraged to consult with tangata whenua at the earliest possible stage in the development of their proposals.

Engagement process

You are encouraged to phone us on 03 477 0071 to discuss your resource consent application. We can then advise whether consultation with Kāi Tahu is required.

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