Kāinga Ora–Homes and Communities Act 2019

4 Māori interests

In order to recognise and respect the Crown’s responsibility to consider and provide for Māori interests, this Act provides,—

(a)

in section 11(1)(b), that the board must ensure that Kāinga Ora–Homes and Communities maintains systems and processes to ensure that, for the purposes of carrying out its urban development functions, Kāinga Ora–Homes and Communities has the capability and capacity to uphold the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi) and its principles, to understand and apply Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993, and to engage with Māori and to understand Māori perspectives:

(b)

in section 13(1), that it is a function of Kāinga Ora–Homes and Communities to understand, support, and enable the aspirations of Māori in relation to urban development:

(c)

in section 14(1), that the operating principles of Kāinga Ora–Homes and Communities include—

(i)

identifying and protecting Māori interests in land, and recognising and providing for the relationship of Māori and their culture and traditions with their ancestral lands, water, sites, wāhi tapu, and other taonga:

(ii)

partnering and having early and meaningful engagement with Māori and offering Māori opportunities to participate in urban development:

(d)

in section 20, that Kāinga Ora–Homes and Communities cannot use the exemptions for Housing New Zealand Corporation and its subsidiaries to dispose of land subject to rights of first refusal under Treaty settlement legislation:

(e)

in section 23(2)(e), that a GPS must include the Government’s expectations in relation to Māori interests, partnering with Māori, and protections for Māori interests.