Local Iwi, along with Council, established an interactive group to enhance the capacity of consultation between Council and local Iwi. The purpose is to provide local Iwi with the necessary information and enhance the opportunities to develop Maori capacity to participate within the decision-making processes of Council.
After several meetings held between Council and local Iwi, a decision was made to establish the Ruapehu District Maori Council (Te Kaunihera Maori a Rohe o Ruapehu) at a meeting on 31 March 2009.
The RDMC consists of three mandated hapu representatives each from the three main body of Iwi within the Ruapehu District - Maniapoto, Tuwharetoa and iwi in the south of the District. The group also consist of three Council representatives, appointed by a Council resolution on 28 April 2009 and confirmed after the October 2010 Election.
The formation of the group has been positive in building relationships between Council and Iwi, from which a positive reputation is developing within the community.
In acknowledgement of the positive outcomes achieved by the establishment of the group, Council's elected members agreed to fund meeting fees for the group.
Regular meetings are scheduled throughout the year . During the year, progress has been achieved on the following issues:
- Resource consenting process.
- District Plan review information.
- Rating of Maori Land.
- Long Term Planning process.
- Discreet remedies process.