Māori Standing Committee

The purpose of the Māori Standing Committee is to:

  • Advise on tangata whenua and Māori interests in the Council’s major areas of activity, and particularly in the areas of economic development, resource management, tourism, reserve management, environmental health, employment and community development.
  • Establish a method of consultation, which involves tangata whenua and iwi, on all matters relating to the district’s resources, and involving the district’s planning processes.
  • Advise on consultation processes with Māori in the district and assist in the development of consultation networks throughout the district.
  • Promote the development of processes within Council, to develop policy, processes and guidelines, based on the Treaty of Waitangi principles of participation, partnership and active protection.
  • Assess resource consent applications relating to land situated in the rural zone to identify any relevant cultural matters relating to the site. The RMA requires consideration of Māori cultural and traditional relationships with their ancestral lands, water, sites of significance, wahi tapu, and other taonga. To manage a budget for the purposes of making community grants, marae grants, and undertaking projects that promote Māori interests.

The Māori Standing Committee is comprised of three councillors appointed by the Mayor, two representatives from each of the South Wairarapa Marae and Pae tu Mokai o Tauira, and one representative from each of the two Wairarapa Iwi. 

Māori Standing Committee membership

  • Narida Hooper (Chair) – Pae tu Mokai o Tauira
  • Andrea Rutene (Deputy Chair) – Kahungunu ki Wairarapa
  • Karen Mikaera – Pae tu Mokai o Tauira
  • Toni Kerr – Hau Ariki Marae
  • Suzanne Murphy – Kohunui Marae
  • Teresa Aporo – Kohunui Marae
  • Carlene Te Tau – Rangitāne o Wairarapa
  • Gillies Baker – Papawai Marae (membership pending)
  • Michele Elliott – Papawai Marae (membership pending)
  • Vacancy – Hau Ariki Marae
  • Mayor Alex Beijen
  • Councillor Pip Maynard
  • Councillor Brian Jephson
  • Councillor Garrick Emms

Contact the Māori Standing Committee 

Correspondence may be directed to Chair Narida Hooper or the Committee Advisor (steph.frischknecht@swdc.govt.nz).

Cell: 021 314 180
Email: narida@heputiputi.co.nz

Terms of Reference

Interim Terms of Reference for the Māori Standing Committee (under review)

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