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 - Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu and Aukaha.

We are committed to the continuing process of consultation with Maori in the region, to try to achieve mutual understanding and agreement on those issues that concern us all. Maori 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 Ngai 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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