Social Development in Northland Towards a Whole of Government Approach Whole of Government Response April 2002 1 CONTENTS Page 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 APPENDICES A Views of Iwi of Te Tai Tokerau B Terms of References - Northland Interagency Forum COMPANION DOCUMENT A Companion Document will be published which provides a Stocktake of Government Strategies relating to and Resources invested in Northland. __________________________________________ SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN NORTHLAND 2 SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT 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 aspirations. 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 Development. 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. __________________________________________ SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN NORTHLAND 3 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 live. 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 plans 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. __________________________________________ SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN NORTHLAND 4 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 5 SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN NORTHLAND Towards a Whole of Government Approach VISION “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 Northland 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 environment Will deliver services in a form which meets the communities needs and aspirations Will wherever possible find ways to deliver integrated services __________________________________________ SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN NORTHLAND 6 OUTCOMES Through its consultation process Northland identified the following action areas relevant to Social Development: 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 norm. 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 opportunities. 7 Youth Northland's future. __________________________________________ SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN NORTHLAND 7 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 established 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 arrangement. New local government legislation will require local authorities to develop long- term community plans in close consultation with communities and iwi. ACTION PLAN 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 __________________________________________ SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN NORTHLAND 8 ACTION PLAN Continued 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 region 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 st 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 Strategies 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 __________________________________________ SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN NORTHLAND 9 Attitudes and Aspirations Northland people share the Spirit of Northland and have a sense of pride in living in the region and in their community. 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 choices. ACTION PLAN Actions Agency/Person Responsible Timeframe Support Northland brand as a consistent Enterprise Northland. Ongoing image for Northland. Maungaturoto Enterprise Northland Ongoing __________________________________________ SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN NORTHLAND 10 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. Current Situation: Higher proportion of Northland adults on unemployment benefit, sickness benefit and DPB than national What needs to happen: average. 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. accommodation. ACTION PLAN Actions Agency/Person Responsible Timeframe Housing 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 components: 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 communities - opportunities for affected communities to develop their own rental portfolios - support for new construction on Papakainga land through Low Deposit Rural Lending programme (LDRL), __________________________________________ SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN NORTHLAND 11 ACTION PLAN Continued Individual Household and Management Plans 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 problems. 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 families. Appointment of housing assessment co- CEG, HNZC March 2003 ordinator to Ngati Hine who will complete assessments in conjunction with HNZC RHP staff. 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 Employment 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). __________________________________________ SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN NORTHLAND 12 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 in: 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. ACTION PLAN 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 include: - 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. __________________________________________ SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN NORTHLAND 13 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. ACTION PLAN 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 Whangarei __________________________________________ SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN NORTHLAND 14 ACTION PLAN Continued 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 Plan 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. __________________________________________ SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN NORTHLAND 15 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 qualification. 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. ACTION PLAN 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 __________________________________________ SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN NORTHLAND 16 Youth 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. ACTION PLAN 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). Ambassadors 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 Families. 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. __________________________________________ SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN NORTHLAND 17 ACTION PLAN Continued 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 Parents 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 __________________________________________ SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN NORTHLAND 18 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. 19 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 responsibilities 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. 20 Appendix B TERMS OF REFERENCE NORTHLAND INTERAGENCY FORUM Purpose 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. Membership 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. Function Oversee and co-ordinate implementation of Northland Social Development Strategy and monitor progress 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. Meetings The Forum will meet monthly. Chair By consensus. Chairs agency, provides administrative support. Accountability 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. 21 Decision-making 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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