Social Development in Northland

 Towards a Whole of Government Approach

                          Whole of Government Response

                                              April 2002



1           Purpose of document ..........................................................................................             2

2           Definition of Social Development ........................................................................                  2

3           Introduction .........................................................................................................     2

4           Maori Perspective ...............................................................................................          3

5           Government Services to Northland .....................................................................                     3

6           Monitoring Progress ............................................................................................           3

7           Strategy
                 Vision ..........................................................................................................     4

                   Principles .....................................................................................................    4

                   Guiding Values ............................................................................................         4

                   Strategic Outcomes ....................................................................................             5

8           Strategic Outcomes with Action Plan - Government Response .........................                                       6-14


A       Views of Iwi of Te Tai Tokerau

B       Terms of References               -           Northland Interagency Forum


A Companion Document will be published which provides a Stocktake of Government Strategies relating to
and Resources invested in Northland.



1 Purpose of Document

   1.1 This document represents the formal response by Government agencies working in Northland to the
       Northland Mayoral Forum's proposals for social development in Northland and to Iwi/Maori

2 Definition of Social Development

   2.1 Social development is a process of co-ordinated social change to promote the well-being of the
       population as a whole. It goes hand in hand with economic development. It aims to improve health,
       education, housing, employment, living standards and safety rather than focusing on any one
       outcome to the exclusion of others. It considers government expenditure as having the potential to
       be a social investment that can lift the capacity and skills of people. Social Development seeks
       gains from taking a whole of government approach to actions and partnerships.

       It is premised on the view that better directed Government expenditure will deliver better outcomes
       and that this needs to be driven by Northland.

3 Introduction

   3.1 The development of regional social development strategies for Northland was discussed with the
       Mayors of the region early in 2002. The social development strategy was seen as being
       complementary to the economic development strategy the region had recently completed. In
       developing that regional strategy, there was an awareness that the economic goals would not be
       reached unless aligned social issues were addressed as part of that plan for the future.

   3.2 It was also driven by the expectation of government that the resolution of the issues of sub standard
       housing in the region would be aligned with a cohesive strategy which included a social and
       economic focus, in order to ensure that in the longer term there would not be a need in 10 years'
       time to again address the issue of sub standard housing.

   3.3 In early March 2002 a forum was held in Whangarei that was chaired by the Mayoral Forum and run
       in conjunction with MSD. Some 25 government and community representatives attended the
       meeting which included facilitated workshops for the attendees.

   3.4 The first action identified following the meeting was the establishment of a collaborative networking
       mechanism that would ensure that the Mayoral Forum and the government agency representatives
       worked closely together on an ongoing basis.

   3.5 As a result, the Northland Interagency Forum (NIF) was established. The NIF consists of the CE of
       the Northland DHB and Regional Managers of Work and Income, Police, Housing, Community
       Employment, Te Puni Kokiri, CYF, MOE and the CEO of Enterprise Northland who provides the link
       between the economic and social strategies. The Forum, which oversees some existing cross-
       sectoral initiatives, also assumed responsibility for developing the approach for Regional Social

       What they are going to do
   3.6 In establishing the NIF, there was an understanding that in Northland there was already a range of
       collaborative groups set up, often for a particular purpose. It is envisaged that the NIF members
       who are also part of those interagency and collaborative groups will continue to play a strong role
       within them and will use the NIF to add value to the role of those groups and to add to the
       achievements already under way as a result of their work.


   3.7 Since the establishment of the group, it has spent time looking at what is already under way across
       Northland and has identified where it can add value to that. At this point the group is concentrating
       on supporting HNZC's Housing Improvement Programmes and three specific collaborative
       initiatives (two of which have housing components):

           Housing Improvement Initiatives
           The major housing initiative is a five year strategy funded by Government to improve housing
           conditions in rural Northland. It has two major components:
              improving the conditions of existing stock
              increasing the supply of affordable housing.

          Other housing initiatives which involve joint agency collaboration include:
             Individual Household and Management Plans: Work and Income and Housing NZ Corporation
              have developed an arrangement for two Work and Income case managers (Housing Support
              Co-ordinators) to follow up visits to HNZC houses and substandard houses by Housing NZ
              Corporation representatives where other social and health issues are identified. The reality for
              many of these people is that whilst housing is a significant issue, many other social issues are
              impacting on their lives. Health, unemployment, debt levels and poor budgeting skills are just
              some examples. These workers will each be based with a Runanga and work with the
              Northland Strengthening Families coordinator to maximise their credibility and acceptance.
             Retro Fitting (Whangarei community project)
             Retro 200 (retrofitting 200 substandard houses)
             Sewage scheme (Moerewa)
             Relocatable transit houses to be refurbished - Whangarei and the mid north.

          NIF Initiatives
              Kaipara District Community Development (Kaipara District and Te Uri O Hau (Ngati Whatua)
               and Te Roroa)
              Raumanga (Whangarei District, Parawhao iwi)
              Kaeo Community Development Plan (Far North District and Whaingaroa Runanga).

4 Maori Perspective

   4.1      In the course of developing the "Social Development in Northland" document, Northland iwi have
            indicated that they are supportive of the efforts of central and local government to develop regional
            strategies and actions that will enhance services and improve communities in which their whanau

   4.2      A concern for iwi is the absence of a formal relationship between iwi and Government that
            recognises that Maori, through iwi are the legitimate partners with the Crown under the Treaty of
            Waitangi. This concern of iwi is set out in their statement to Government replicated at Appendix A.

   4.3      Iwi are nevertheless involved in the implementation of the action programme with:
             HNZC entering into specific agreements with Mid and Far North iwi for Housing Improvement
             Tangata whenua involved in each of the specific NIF initiatives.

5 Government Services in Northland

    5.1     Government agencies are delivering services on an ongoing basis within the Northland region.

    5.2     This document seeks to codify a mechanism for all of these agencies, when and where it is
            appropriate, to collaborate with each other and with the regional and local authorities.

    5.3     It also identifies, through the Outcomes and Action Plan (that follow on pages 7 – 17) specific
            collaborative initiatives that will be undertaken over the next five years. These may be added to.


    5.4   This document does not seek to identify Government agencies' business as usual, or individual
          initiatives unless they specifically contribute to the seven Strategic Outcomes and rely on
          interagency collaboration.

    5.5   A stocktake of Government agencies' strategies, services and resources applied within the
          Northland Region that contribute already to Social Development will be a companion document to
          this document. It will be updated annually.

6 Monitoring Progress

    6.1   Progress against the action plan items will be monitored by the Northland Interagency Forum on
          an ongoing basis.

    6.2   An annual progress report against the action plan will be provided to the Northland Mayoral Forum
          and to Government agency Chief Executives after 30 June of each year.


                           SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN NORTHLAND

                          Towards a Whole of Government Approach


                               “Working together to achieve the Spirit of Northland”

         Principles             Local leadership and local solutions
                                Partnership based on the Spirit of Northland and the spirit of
                                 Treaty of Waitangi
                                Community plans as a basis of action
                                Achievement of objectives through mutual co-operation
                                Co-operation enhanced by consultation and alignment

         Guiding Values        The parties to this Strategy document:
                                Will work together to address attitudes and aspirations of
                                Believe that there are diverse communities within Northland
                                 with different goals and visions
                                Will reinforce community icons and values
                                Will develop the uniqueness of the Northland culture and
                                Will deliver services in a form which meets the communities
                                 needs and aspirations
                                Will wherever possible find ways to deliver integrated



Through its consultation process Northland identified the following action areas relevant to Social

           community development                        education and training
           attitudes and aspirations                    youth
           wellbeing                                    sustainable communities
           Maori Development                            social cohesion.

This strategy document focuses specifically on what the Mayor Forum is seeking from Central Government,
using a whole of Government approach to:

-     achieve Northland’s vision
-     deliver results against the outcomes sought in the action areas above to the extent that Central
      Government partnership is possible and practicable.

The following Strategic Outcomes are sought:

       1.    Partnership and                          Partnership and collaboration between central,
             Collaboration                            regional and local government in Northland and
                                                      with Northland communities is accepted as a

       2     Attitudes and Aspirations                Northland people share the Spirit of Northland and
                                                      have a sense of pride in living in the region and
                                                      their community.

       3     Wellbeing                                 All Northland people enjoy a high level of
                                                       wellbeing, have access to sustainable
                                                       employment opportunities, have easy access to
                                                       appropriate and affordable health and community
                                                       services, and safe and healthy housing.

       4     Maori Development                        That Iwi/Maori are involved in all aspects of the life
                                                      of Northland so that they can realise their full
                                                      potential and utilise their resources effectively.

       5     Sustainable Communities and              Strong communities exist because of participation
             Social Cohesion                          in community activities and process, and because
                                                      of community respect for the environment and the
                                                      region's natural resources.

       6     Education and Training                   People of Northland recognise the value of
                                                      education in realising long term employment

       7     Youth                                    Northland's future.


Promoting Partnership and Collaboration

Partnership and collaboration between central, regional and local government in Northland and with
Northland communities is accepted as the norm.

Current Situation:

   Excellent relationships and co-operation
    exist at local and regional authority level
    through the mechanism of the Northland
    Mayoral Forum.

   Through this collaboration and utilising
    one of the most extensive consultative                      What needs to happen:
    processes entered into in Northland, a
    strategy for Sustainable Economic                               Establish process for informed
    Development has been developed and a                             collaboration between central
    Regional     Development       Agency                            government and existing local/regional
                                                                     government mechanism
                                                                    Institute community planning and
   Collaboration between local, regional                            consultation process for the purpose of
    and     central    government      occurs                        producing long term community plans
    spasmodically, and generally as a                               Engage Central Government
    bilateral (ie single government agency                           involvement, facilitation and support.
    with single local authority) arrangement
    rather     than    as   a     multi-lateral

   New local government legislation will
    require local authorities to develop long-
    term community plans in close
    consultation with communities and iwi.


                  Actions                               Agency/Person Responsible                      Timeframe
1. Establish Northland Government                 MSD/Police have accepted interim                  Completed
   Agencies Interagency Forum (NIF)               leadership and will liaise with other key
 Terms of Reference agreed (see                  agencies to put this in place                           "
   Appendix 3)                                    NIF at First Meeting
 RDA Link person identified                      NIF in consultation with Mayoral Forum                  "
 Membership confirmed                            First meeting                                           "
 Meeting schedule determined                     First meeting                                           "

2. Recruit MSD funded co-ordinator for            MSD will attach a person to its Whangarei         by March 2003
   the Project                                    office with a social development role and
                                                  whose responsibilities will include co-
                                                  ordination of and support for this project

3. Establish link between NIF and                 Refer to 1 above
   Mayoral Forum:
    Membership confirmed                                                                           Completed
    Meeting schedule determined with                                                                  "
       Mayoral Forum


4.    Groups launched
      Develop communication strategy          Intersector Group with Mayoral Forum   Completed

5. Establish Local Interagency Forums                           To be established.
                                               TPK, CEG, MAF, CYF, DOC, ACC,
    (a) Kaitaia interagency forums             Education
    (b) Whangarei interagency forums
    (c) Mid North interagency forums

6. Information sharing
    Share and collate information on          Northland Intersector Forum            Ongoing
       current or planned Northland
       initiatives which will progress “The
       Spirit of Northland”, including
       strategic goals of each agency for
    Work to align annual planning             NIF with Mayoral Forum                 Ongoing
       frameworks between government
       agencies, local government and
       other bodies                                                                   Ongoing
    Identify longer term research and         NIF and NGAIG/Mayoral Forum
       evaluation priorities and refer these
       to research units of appropriate
       agencies to assess feasibility, cost
       and timeframe

6. Work programme
    Identify priority areas for               NIF with Mayoral Forum                 1 stage
        collaborative action for region:                                              completed
      -    short term to end of 2002
      -    medium term to end of 2003
      -    long term to end of 2005/6.
    Check alignment with Regional             NIF with Mayoral Forum
        Economic and Social Development
    Detailed collaborative plan               Northland Intersector Group            Under action
        developed for:
      -    short term (immediate “runs on
         the board”)
      -    medium term
      -    long term
      which identifies:
      -    goal
      -    action
      -    measures
      -    timeframe and
      -    lead agency


Attitudes and Aspirations

Northland people share the Spirit of Northland and have a sense of pride in living in the region and in their

Current Situation:
                                                                What needs to happen:
   Northland is a region of stunning natural
    beauty, strong cultural identity and huge                   Identify, value and reinforce our:
    economic potential.
                                                                   icons and values
   It is also an area of social contrast, with                    spirit and self-image of community
    areas of wealth and others of poverty.                         heritage
                                                                   culture, environment and uniqueness.
   People have      made     choices      about
    lifestyle.                                                  Make continued visible improvements based on:
   Traditional views and attitudes exist.                         better understanding of communities
   There are high levels of negativity.                           community identity (branding)
                                                                   recognition that people make their own


Actions                                            Agency/Person Responsible                         Timeframe

Support Northland brand as a consistent            Enterprise Northland.                             Ongoing
image for Northland.

Maungaturoto                                       Enterprise Northland                              Ongoing



All Northland people enjoy a high level of wellbeing, have access to sustainable employment opportunities,
have easy access to appropriate and affordable health and community services, and safe and healthy

Current Situation:

   Higher proportion of Northland adults
    on unemployment benefit, sickness
    benefit and DPB than national                            What needs to happen:
                                                                Realise economic development
   Less than half of Northland's adult                          opportunities
    population receive income from                              Improved income levels result in improved
    salaries and wages.                                          wellbeing
                                                                Adequate and safe housing
   Many households have no access to
    telephones or cars.                                         All people in Northland have access to
                                                                 affordable and appropriate health services
   Many households living in substandard                       Environment supports healthy living.


Actions                                         Agency/Person Responsible                      Timeframe
Government has initiated a five year strategy   Housing NZ Corp in partnership with TPK,       Ongoing to
targeted at improving housing conditions in     NZ Fire Service, DHB, W&I, local               2006
rural Northland. The strategy seeks to          authorities and iwi.
deliver 1,000 housing interventions
(new/replacement houses significant repairs,
retrofits). The strategy has two principal
1. Improving the condition of existing
     housing stock through -
      - providing suspensory loans for
          essential improvements
      - establishing Home Improvement
          Action Zones
      - providing home improvement loans.
2. Increasing the supply of affordable
      housing through –
      - more state housing in affected rural
      - opportunities for affected
          communities to develop their own
          rental portfolios
      - support for new construction on
          Papakainga land through Low
          Deposit Rural Lending programme


Individual Household and Management
A trial programme is to be run supporting         Work and Income, Rural Housing Project,        Appointment Feb
HNZC clients in preparing individual              Northland District Health Board.               2003
household management plans. Plans will
identify clients' non housing related social
problems (such as health and budgeting
requirements). Two case managers from
Work and Income have been seconded to
co-ordinate the responses to related social
Partnership Programme to deliver a                Te Rarawa, Unitec, Housing NZ Corporation,     March 2003
carpentry course which will involve               NZ Housing Foundation, Work and Income.
participant builder, two houses for at risk
Appointment of housing assessment co-
                                                  CEG, HNZC                                      March 2003
ordinator to Ngati Hine who will complete
assessments in conjunction with HNZC RHP
HNZC contractor employing unemployed              W&I, HNZC, Guyco                               Nov 2002
people in Whangarei to refit transit houses
for relocation onto properties throughout the
region of elderly and disabled in serious sub
            HNZC RHP, Ngati Kahu
standard housing.
(Ngati Kahu are looking to manage their                                                          Ongoing
clients on behalf of Rural Housing Project.)
Retro Fitting                                     He Iwi Kotahi Tatou Trust
A Whangarei community-driven project to           Otangarei Youth Sports and Recreation Trust    Ongoing
retrofit (insulation) houses in low socio-        155 Community House
economic area within the Whangarei area           Te Puawaitanga O Otangarei
while creating employment opportunities,          Housing New Zealand Corporation
improving health benefits to families and         Age Concern
reducing electricity accounts for families.       Northland Urban Rural Mission
                                                  Northland District Health Board
                                                  Work & Income
Retro 200                                         He Iwi Kotahi Tatou Trust
An initiative to retrofit substandard houses as   Housing New Zealand                            Until June 2003
part of the rural housing programme.              HRPP
                                                  Work and Income
                                                  Northland District Health Board
                                                  Te Puni Kokiri
Work and Income is working with industries                                                       Ongoing
and communities on specific initiatives that
create employment opportunities. Current
initiatives include:
- Residential motivational training               W&I and Ngati Hine
- Kawakawa Project                                W&I and Kawakawa County Trust
- Waiomio Project to provide work                 W&I and Waiomio Trust
     opportunities in seasonal fruit industry
- Forestry                                        W&I with employers, training providers & iwi
- Electrical Sector.                              W&I with employers & EITO
Government Services in rural areas                MSD with ACC, Courts, CYF, Housing NZC,
Government will endeavour to increase the         IRD, W&I, Maori Land Court, TPK, Tenancy       Ongoing
face-to-face services it takes to communities     Services, Workbridge
outside Whangarei through its Heartlands
initiative (refer page 13).


Maori Development

Iwi/Maori are involved in all aspects of the life of Northland so that they can realise their full potential and
utilise their resources effectively.

Current Situation:

   Northland is one of New Zealand’s major
    centres of Maori population with over 200
    Marae and home of New Zealand's largest
    iwi (Ngapuhi).
                                                                  What needs to happen:
   Maori are eager to actively participate in the
    economic development of their land in                            All Government agencies that work with
    particular and Northland generally.                               Maori need to work together to support Maori
   Iwi and hapu seek to formalise whole of                               - raising capacity and capability
    government relationships with the Crown                               - pursuing their economic and cultural
    (consistent with the Treaty of Waitangi)                                initiatives
    which they consider to be unequal at                                  - developing the Maori knowledge
    present.                                                                economy
                                                                          - promoting Maori culture
   Maori seek access to health, education and
    social services that are holistic in nature.                        -   promoting working together.

   Maori in Northland are disproportionately
    represented in negative employment,
    education, health and justice statistics.


                   Actions                               Agency/Person Responsible                     Timeframe
    Community Initiatives                            DIA (lead), CEG, TPK, MOE, Work                   Ongoing
    Poutu-Waikareutu Marae                           and Income.
    (Community Development Plan)
    A community plan process has been
    completed in the Poutu area by the
    local marae. Agencies are currently
    working together to investigate youth
    initiatives as a first project.

    Whole of Government initiatives
    A number of initiatives are under way
    involving a whole of Government
    approach with individual iwi. These
    - Te Rarawa initiative                           All agencies                                      Ongoing

    -   Te Aupouri initiative                        TPK, Work and Income, CEG, Tertiary               Ongoing
                                                     Education Commission with Far North
                                                     District Council/Enterprise Northland

    -   Te Putahitanga Matauranga -                  Ministry of Education with Te Reo o te            Ongoing
        Education partnership to improve             Tai Tokerau (TROTT)
        education outcomes for Maori.


Sustainable Communities and Social Cohesion

Strong communities exist because of participation in community activities and process, and because of
community respect for the environment and the region's natural resources.

Current Situation:

     Northland is an area of social contrast
      with communities of wealth and others                 What needs to happen:
      of high deprivation.
                                                               Communities are engaged by Councils in
     Many communities lack integration and                     the development of long term community
      cohesion.                                                 plans that are economically viable and aim
                                                                for equality in wellbeing, Maori development
     Many communities in the west of                           and community development
      Northland are remote from job                            All people in Northland have easy affordable
      opportunities and services.                               access to services
     Many communities lack sewage and                         All people in Northland, including youth and
      wastewater      treatment    facilities,                  older people, have the opportunity to be
      adequate energy supply (which is also                     actively involved in their communities
      prone to fluctuation) and adequate                       Northland’s unique environment, heritage
      communication       systems,     (poor                    and natural resources are valued, protected
      cellphone coverage and lack of high                       and sustainably managed, in consultation
      speed Internet access).                                   with Tangata Whenua
                                                               Inadequacies in infrastructure need to be
     Many households have no access to                         addressed.
      telephones and cars.
     Many households         have   difficulty
      accessing services.
     Northland has many unsealed roads.


                    Actions                       Agency/Person Responsible                  Timeframe
    Heartland Services
    Government will establish a network of -      MSD with ACC, Courts, CYF,         Kaitaia HS – Established
    -     Heartland Service Centres in key        Housing NZC, IRD, W&I,             Kaikohe HS        “
          Northland towns, and                    Maori Land Court, TPK,             Dargaville HS     “
          Outreach services to remote/other       Tenancy Services,                  Sth Hokianga ORS ongoing
          rural communities that will provide     Workbridge, Employment             Kaeo                  “
          improved face-to-face government        Services                           Bream Bay ORS         "
          services to clients living outside


Raumanga Initiative
A community planning exercise has begun to         Northland Intersectoral Forum (NIF)       Dec-Feb - consultation with
work on areas of social concern in this            with Whangarei District Council and       key stakeholders
community.                                         the Whangarei Youth One Stop              Mar-Apr - consultation with
                                                   Shop. Being led by DIA.                   wider community (public)
                                                                                             May-Jul- implementation of
                                                                                             Community Development

Kaipara Initiative
This initiative will be the first full community   Northland Intersectoral Forum (NIF)       June 2004
planning process in preparation for the Local      with Kaipara District Council, Te Uri o
Authorities Bill likely to be passed into law in   Hau and Te Roroa. Being led by
2003. The Northland Intersectoral Forum            KDCC.
are working collaboratively to support the
Kaipara District Council to complete this
exercise that will identify areas of social,
environmental and economical improvement
that will enable the agencies to focus on the
benefit of the community.

Kaeo Initiative
A community planning process is being              Northland Intersectoral Forum with        By April 2003 key areas of
facilitated in this area. This process will        FNDC and Whaingaroa Runanga.              action will be identified for
identify areas of social, environmental and        Being led by the NIF and Far North        agencies to commit to
economic growth including a focus on sub-          District Council.                         following community
standard housing and employment.                                                             agreement.

The Northland Intersectoral Forum have
employed a community facilitator to manage
part of this process.


Sustainable Employment, Education & Training

People of Northland recognise the value of education in realising long-term employment opportunities.

Current Situation:
                                                        What needs to happen:

                                                            All people have access to appropriate training
   A high percentage of Northland                           and educational opportunities from pre-school
    young people leave school without a                      to tertiary level
                                                           Northland schools meet the needs of the
                                                            communities recognising that in many they
   More than 50% of the persons on
                                                            are the heart of the community
    Work & Income’s Unemployment
    Register have no qualifications and a                  Education programmes reinforce the
    further 70% gained less than three                      importance of cross-cultural understanding,
    School Certificate passes.                              and reflect the Spirit of Northland
                                                            Train to retain –
   Many young children do not have                           - in education
    access to pre-school education.
                                                             -   in Northland.


                  Actions                             Agency/Person Responsible                    Timeframe
Adult Literacy Strategy                        Tertiary Education Commission (formerly         Ongoing
                                               Skill NZ) with MOE

Tertiary Education Strategy                    Tertiary Education Commission (formerly         To June 2007
                                               Skill NZ) with MOE



Northland's future.

Current Situation:                                   What needs to happen:

   33% of Northland’s population are aged               Local authorities need to engage with youth, listen to
                                                          and consult with them on their needs
    20 years or under.
                                                         Young people should be encouraged to have a
   A high proportion of young people leave               positive sense of identity with Northland (Spirit of
    school without a qualification.                       Northland) and with their own communities
                                                         A higher proportion of Northland’s young people
   24%    of    Northland’s    registered                leave school:
    unemployed are aged 15-24 years.                       - with a qualification
                                                           - and gain a job.


                      Actions                            Agency/Person Responsible                       Timeframe
Project Wheels
To improve outcomes for youth around              Northland Interagency Forum (NIF) with             To June 04
employment, driver safety and reduced             LTSA, FNDC, Skill NZ, Te Hau Ora O Te
offending.                                        Hiku O Te Ika, ACC, Far North District
                                                  Council, Far North Safer Community Council.

Project Kaikohe
An integrated approach to education,              Internal Affairs led project with schools and      Ongoing
parenting and youth development.                  community.

Raumanga Initiative
An element of this initiative (refer page 13)     Northland Regional Forum (NIF) with the            Ongoing
involves supporting the development of “The       Pulse and WDC.
Pulse” the Whangarei Youth One Stop Shop.

Bream Bay
A community-based initiative enhancing            W&I with Bream Bay Community Support               To October 03
employment opportunities for school leavers       Trust, Bream Bay College, Whangarei Mayor
and young people in the Bream Bay area.           (Mayors Taskforce for Jobs).

An initiative to reduce the incidences of theft   W&I, NZ Police, Tai Tokerau Maori Tourism          To June 03
from vehicles in high risk areas by having        Association, DOC, Whangarei District
ambassadors located in tourist areas while        Council, Kaipara District Council, Destination
increasing work opportunities for long-term       Northland, Safer Community Councils, Far
unemployed.                                       North District Council, Strengthening
Kaipara Wharf Project
A community-based initiative involving a          Kaipara District Council (Mayors Taskforce),       To June 04
number of wharves in the Kaipara Harbour.         W&I, Kaipara District Economic Development
The focus is to provide employment for            Trust, Ministry of Economic Development.
youth, increased recreational facilities and
commercial opportunities.


Whangarei Heads Walkway
A community-driven project including          Whangarei District Council (Mayors for      To July 03
walkway development, weed eradication and     Taskforce), Whangarei Heads Landcare
planning of native plants involving           Trust, Work and Income, Department of
employment of youth.                          Conservation.

Whangarei Youth One Stop Shop
Partnership of Government and community       The Whangarei Youth One Stop Shop will      Ongoing
agencies working collaboratively to achieve   provide the services as follows:
more for young people, their whanau and the   Services by Community Organisations:
wider community.                                  Te Ora Hou Northland
                                                  He Mataariki - School for Teenage
                                                  Ka Timata Learning Centre
                                                  School Holiday Programmes
                                                  Learning Support Centre
                                                  School Attendance Services
                                                  Safer Whangarei Community Council
                                                  Rubicon Drug and Alcohol Counselling
                                                   for Youth

                                              Services by Government agencies:
                                                  Ministry of Social Development
                                                  Police
                                                  Child, Youth and Family
                                                  Northland District Health Board


                                                                                                     Appendix A

The Iwi of Tai Tokerau present in this statement their shared view about the desired relationship
between Iwi and the government.

This statement is delivered to the Prime Minister by Te Runanga A Iwi O Ngapuhi, Te Runanga O Te
Aupouri, Te Runanga A Iwi O Ngatikahu, Te Runanga O Te Rarawa,Te Runanga O Ngati Whatua, Ngatiwai
Trust Board, Te Runanga O Whaingaroa.

The Iwi of Taitokerau have          The iwi of Taitokerau have met together following the Prime Minister’s visit to
joined together to deliver a        Kaikohe in April 2002 to discuss the “Whole of Government” approach and to
combined message to the             develop a statement with the aim of fostering among representatives of the
Prime Minister.                     Crown a greater understanding of our circumstances, our expectations of our
                                    relationship with the Crown and our collective vision for the progression and
                                    endurance of this relationship in the interest of all New Zealanders.

Iwi will maintain their own         The shared view of iwi in Taitokerau does not mean that the iwi have one
identity and independence           spokesperson nor that they will all approach the same issues in the same way.
while respecting the                Our priorities are different and the way we choose to engage with government
position of others.                 may differ, however, the fundamental principles underpinning our relationship
                                    with government will be the same.

Iwi Runanga or Trusts are           It is our view that Iwi Runanga or Trusts that have a charter that clearly states
the authorised represent-           that they serve and represent all of the descendants of that iwi, are the
atives of Maori groups in           legitimate partners with the Crown under the Treaty of Waitangi. This view
Taitokerau.                         does not in any way exclude a relationship between the Crown and hapu
                                    particularly in the contracting of services. Iwi support local service provision
                                    which most often is best carried out at a hapu or takiwa level, for it is the local
                                    community that best knows the needs of that community.

The Iwi     environment        is   While iwi existence is as old as our history, it is only in the last decade that for
complex                             most of us in the north, formal representative iwi structures have emerged. In
                                    this decade they are gaining the form and direction required to meet the needs
                                    of their constituents and to engage in relationships for their benefit. As with
                                    any such governing body, the primary task of a Runanga is to strengthen its
                                    membership through communication and practices of inclusion. With limited
                                    resources, this in itself is an all consuming activity. Add to this the
                                    responsibilities of tino rangatiratanga, advocacy, asset management, treaty
                                    settlements, economic development and responding to the demands of
                                    government agencies to assist them in achieving their goals, Runanga/Trusts
                                    have a challenging task.

The current Crown/Iwi       Iwi are challenged by the fact that the Crown does not have its own set of
relationship is unequal     principles and practices to guide its work with them. This creates a number of
                            stresses and few returns for us. There seems to be a perception amidst
                            government agencies that iwi have the resources and the inclination:
                             to provide free advice on the delivery of services
                             to attend every consultation meeting in order to give evidence that
                                consultation has taken place, and
                             to make submissions and comment on everything from internal trade
                                agreements to biosecurity, from the distribution of pilchards to the welfare
                                of our children.
                            There is some effective work going on between government and iwi. This
                            appears however to be adhoc, reliant on individual government representatives
                            rather than on principle and is usually project based rather than strategic.

                            It is our desire and, we assume, the desire of government, that iwi are able to
                            fulfil their responsibilities as a treaty partner. The current unequal relationship
                            does not allow us to do this. We believe that the government is obliged to
                            assist in strengthening iwi in meaningful and effective ways and with the
                            guidance and involvement of iwi.
                            It is ineffective and inefficient for government to keep developing policies,
                            practices and legislation in the interest of Maori without a meaningful
                            engagement with iwi.

We conclude that there      If iwi and the crown do not have a clear and common understanding of the
needs to be a change in     nature of their relationship, then any work between the two is likely to be costly
iwi/government              and without purpose or outcome. We wish to work in a partnership with
relationships in order to   government that enables us to:
foster an improvement in     maintain our natural resources
the wellbeing of Maori in    draw together treaty claims within our respective rohe
Taitokerau.                  ensure that our people have the same access to quality services in
                                 education, health, and welfare as non Maori
                             support our people in taking up new opportunities in business, sports and
                                 the arts
                             foster and retain our language, te reo Maori, our culture and traditions, and
                             most importantly, encourage iwi pride and sense of belonging which
                                 improves the wellbeing of our people to the benefit of all New Zealand.

Recommendations for the     To achieve an improvement in the treaty based relationship between iwi and
Crown/Iwi start with a      the Crown we recommend:
Memorandum of                that each iwi in Taitokerau negotiates and signs a Memorandum of
Understanding between           Understanding with the Crown, represented by the Prime Minister,
each Iwi and the Crown          addressing their treaty relationship
                             that partnership is the key to a sound relationship
                             that the Crown has an all of government position in relationships with iwi,
                                outlining the principles and practices guiding the relationships
                             that the primary relationship between iwi and the Crown be at a policy
                                development level; this will include resource allocation and monitoring
                             that iwi and the government work on the development of a resourcing plan
                                for each iwi to ensure that they have the capacity to carry out their treaty
                             that Taitokerau iwi develop a common plan which encourages working
                                together on issues where there is a common interest and a common goal
                             that a strategy be developed between individual Taitokerau iwi and
                                government for the return of iwi owned state held assets.

                                                                                            Appendix B

                                     TERMS OF REFERENCE

                             NORTHLAND INTERAGENCY FORUM

 To provide a forum where the leaders of regional, local and central government can co-ordinate their
   respective strategies and operational plans to support the “Spirit of Northland” economic and social
   development strategies.

 Existing members or representative of Northland Mayoral Forum
 General Manager, Regional Development Agency
 Chief Executive, Northland District Health Board
 Regional Managers for Northland
  - Corrections
  - Community Employment Group, DoL
  - CYFS
  - Education, Ministry
  - Housing NZ Corp.
  - Police
  - Te Puni Kokiri
  - Social Development, Ministry
  (no substitutes)
 Other agencies co-opted as appropriate.

 Oversee and co-ordinate implementation of Northland Social Development Strategy and monitor
 Consider opportunities for alignment of regional and local government strategies and operational plans
   with Departmental strategies and operational plans
 Facilitate opportunities for joint planning between Government agencies, regional and local government,
   and communities
 Information sharing.

   The Forum will meet monthly.

   By consensus.
   Chairs agency, provides administrative support.

 The group is collectively accountable to the Northland iwi and community through the mechanism of the
   Mayoral Forum.
 Individually each Government agency is accountable for specific deliverables to its Minister within the
   terms of its Purchase Agreement.


   Will be on a consensus basis maximising local opportunities to progress Northland Social Development
    as far as possible (within each agency’s mandate and parameters as set by Government legislation).

Performance Measures

   Specific measures to be developed alongside work programme planning.
   In outcome terms the group will be effective when it achieves:
    - Seamless delivery of government services in the Northland region
    - Alignment of Government agency planning and funding processes (as far as possible within the
        current structure of Government)
    - Improvement in key indicators of wellbeing in the Northland region (health, welfare, education,
        income, security, community cohesiveness).
   A wide level of knowledge that the group is the contact point to progress initiatives needing a Whole of
    Government approach.

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