Te Tau Ihu Statutory Acknowledgements

Te Tau Ihu Statutory Acknowledgements is an attachment to the operative Tasman Resource Management Plan and the operative Tasman Regional Policy Statement.

What is a Statutory Acknowledgement?

A statutory acknowledgment is legal recognition of the particular cultural, spiritual, historical and traditional association of an iwi with an identified statutory area. The eight iwi of Te Tau Ihu to which these statutory acknowledgements and areas relate are:

  • Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō
  • Ngāti Kuia
  • Rangitāne o Wairau
  • Ngāti Koata
  • Ngāti Rārua
  • Ngāti Tama ki Te Tau Ihu
  • Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui
  • Ngāti Toa Rangatira

Statutory acknowledgements enhance the ability of iwi to participate in Resource Management Act 1991 processes.  A statutory area can have more than one statutory acknowledgment from more than one iwi associated with it, and the statutory acknowledgements of each of the eight iwi of Te Tau Ihu should be checked in relation to any statutory area. 


These maps depict statutory areas or sites to which statutory acknowledgments apply. 

The statutory acknowledgments place obligations on the local authorities which are explained in the statutory acknowledgements text document attached to Tasman’s Regional Policy Statement and Resource Management Plan. These maps do not however indicate all sites of importance to iwi. Other sites have been recognised through other redress instruments from the Crown such as land transfers in fee simple title or Overlay Classifications.

More information

If you would like information about other sites of importance to the iwi or the other types of redress recognising these sites you can source the Deeds of Settlement entered by the eight individual iwi and the Crown on www.ots.govt.nz

You can also refer to the settlement legislation on  www.legislation.govt.nz. The settlement Acts are:

  • Ngāti Kōata, Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Tama ki Te Tau Ihu, and Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui Claims Settlement Act 2014.
  • Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Ngāti Kuia, and Rangitāne o Wairau Claims Settlement Act 2014.
  • Ngāti Toa Rangatira Claims Settlement Act 2014.

Cultural Redress and Manawhenua

The Crown provided the statutory acknowledgements as cultural redress instruments to iwi to settle their historical Treaty claims.  The location of these redress instruments aligns with the known customary and historical interests of the respective iwi.  This redress is not intended to signify, confer, or deny the Māori concept of manawhenua.  Manawhenua is a concept derived from tikanga Māori or customary values and practices.  "Manawhenua" means "customary authority exercised by an iwi or hapu in an identified area" in the Resource Management Act 1991.

This message is consistent with what the Crown discussed with iwi throughout the overlapping claims process for Te Tau Ihu.

Change to Place Names under the Treaty Settlements

The Te Tau Ihu claims settlement legislation provide for a number of existing geographic names to change.  The Tasman Resource Management Plan has been updated, accordingly, to incorporate these changes.