Producing The Papakainga Development Guide, published in 2008, was a joint project involving three agencies: Hastings District Council, the Maori Land Court: Takitimu, and Te Puni Kokiri: Takitimu Region.
While the District Plan provided for papakainga development on Maori land (view District Plan section Part C - District Wide Activity - Chapter 21.1), however only three applications for papakainga had succeeded. It was identified that the three agencies shared the same objective of assisting Maori to reoccupy their ancestral land, but their respective processes did not harmonise and this presented obstacles to applicants.
The agencies agreed to harmonise their processes through the production of the Papakainga Development Guide (see the 'related documents' section at the bottom of this page).
Maori land accounts for 22 per cent of the district’s land, so there is potential for many papakainga developments to occur. It is hoped that the effect of the guide will be an increase in Resource Consent applications for papakainga.
The guide is laid out as a workbook to cover the stages of a papakainga development project: Whanau (getting the approval and viable relationships within the collective ownership of land); whenua (the legal forms under which the land may be occupied); and whare, (the consents required – for example building and waste water management).
The guide won a New Zealand Post Excellence Award at the 2008 Local Government New Zealand conference. Since then it has been in demand throughout the country – by Maori, academics, and other councils.
For more information on papkainga development contact Council.