We have a strong relationship with our Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner and tangata whenua, Rangitāne o Manawatū. This relationship is founded in Rangitānenuiarawa and is essential to the long-term future and wellbeing of Palmy people.
A partnership agreement was signed in 2019, formally acknowledging Rangitāne as mana whenua, and ensures that Rangitāne values and perspectives have significant weight in decision making, as Council works towards becoming a Te Tiriti-led city. In this current term we have the Rangitāne o Manawatū Committee, which considers matters relating to the wellbeing of Māori in Palmerston North and has a strong focus on the ongoing development of Te Motu o Poutoa.
Council officers and management have regular hui with Rangitāne o Manawatū leaders and this is enhanced by kanohi-ki-te-kanohi (face to face) proactive engagement with our elected members on the long-term plan, major projects and programmes and the general direction of the city.
Through this partnership, Council gains a better understanding of the views and needs of Māori. We’re provided with invaluable history and knowledge of Rangitānenuiarawa, tikanga Māori, te ao Māori and together we set out to deliver the aspirations of a multicultural city.