We acknowledge the special position of tangata whenua within the region. A 'Memorandum of Understanding and Protocol' is in place between Otago Regional Council and local iwi - Kāi Tahu and Aukaha.

We are committed to the continuing process of consultation with Māori in the region, to try to achieve mutual understanding and agreement on those issues that concern us all. Māori see people and the environment as closely inter-related and share with us a strong interest in maintaining and protecting the environment.

Otago’s environment holds many values for Aukaha and Kāi Tahu, ranging from the spiritual to the practical. Its place-names are a record of the history, traditions, and customs. Our region’s coast is still a major source of food, livelihood, and recreation for many.

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