ENVPL302-20A (HAM)

Māori Resource Management

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Environmental Planning


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Paper Description

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Māori resource management and planning has been practiced and developed by iwi, whanau and hapū according to tikanga for centuries. Central to Māori resource management is the obligation to protect and enhance the mauri of everything in the environment. This paper extends student understandings of Māori resource management and examines the challenges and opportunities for whānau, hapū and iwi practicing resource management in a contemporary context. It provides an opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge of engagement with Māori communities. The paper provides tools in which to critically analyse policies and plans developed by local authorities under the Resource Management Act and related legislation. Students are provided with examples of iwi and hapū driven resource management plans through a number of unique iwi case studies, guest lectures and a tipi haere (field trip).
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Paper Structure

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The paper consists of two lectures every week and one tipi haere (Field trip). Students should attend all lectures and the tipi haere.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Explain key values and concepts that underpin Māori relationships the environment;
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  • Understand better Māori concerns and challenges with contemporary resource management issues;
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  • Analyse planning instruments affecting Māori communities;
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  • Evaluate partnership and engagement between Māori and local authorities; and
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  • Through in-depth case studies demonstrate skills in analysis, synthesis and evaluation of complex planning issues affecting Māori communities
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Assessments will be discussed in detail during class time and specific assessment criteria for each assessment item will be provided.

TEST x 2

Each test is worth 20% of the overall grade

To be completed in class on [Thursday 9 April 2020 and Thursday 4 June 2020]

Students will be required to sit two tests on material covered in paper. Students will have the full length of class time to complete the test. All test questions will relate to both the course readings and lecture material from each half of the semester.


The report is worth 30% of the overall grade, minimum 2500 words maximum 3000 words.

To be submitted via Moodle no later than [Friday 17 April, 5 pm.]

The purpose:
The purpose of this assignment is to write a report outlining your preferred process for constructing a CIA. You are to make draft recommendations for each section of a CIA. Please use a location or environment that is a site of significance for iwi and/or hapū and a site you believe needs better protection and enhancement for your case study.

Firstly, you are to review other CIAs and understand how they are structured. Familiarize yourself with the construction and purpose of CIA, methodologies employed and values identified by iwi and/or hapū. You are to also identify impacts and issues and explore CIA recommendations.
Secondly, you are to write a report on how would you best construct a CIA for the site of significance you have chosen.
Use your CIA review to inform the structure of your assignment. The assignment will explore and discuss cultural values, impacts, opportunities, challenges and recommendations that illustrate a tangata whenua perspective.
A suggested report structure outlining CIA guidelines will be provided on Moodle.


The seminar is worth 20% of the paper grade.

The purpose of the seminar is to make a presentation to the class which explores in a seminar format a short topic related to the CIA report. Seminars will take place during the class time starting 4 May 2020. The presentations will be 5 minutes long followed by 5 minutes of question time and discussion. Seminar/topics will be selected and include the following:

1. Identify and discuss in your view a key limitation of or challenge to the CIA process

2. Identify and discuss a particular Māori value and explore its treatment in CIA processes

3. Explain and discuss two ways that you think Regional or District Plans under the RMA could be changed to better protect the values identified through the CIA process.

The seminar presentation will be graded according to the following criteria:

  • Ability to respond meaningfully to the seminar topic in the time allocated
  • Depth of understanding and analysis
  • How well the presentation engaged the audience
  • Skill in oral delivery, general execution and preparedness
  • Level of originality and depth of analysis
  • Ability to answer questions and contribute to discussion


Kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) is an important practice in tikanga Māori. Tipi haere, 30 April 2020, and class participation is an individual assessment worth 10% and will be based on students’ attendance and engagement during class discussions and the tipi haere.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Test #1
9 Apr 2020
3:00 PM
  • In Class: In Lecture
2. Test #2
4 Jun 2020
3:00 PM
  • In Class: In Lecture
3. Cultural Impact Assessment Report
17 Apr 2020
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. CIA Seminar
4 May 2020
3:00 PM
  • In Class: In Lecture
5. Tipi haere (field trip) and class participation
30 Apr 2020
12:00 AM
  • In Class: In Lecture
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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A course reading list has been prepared for this paper and will be available via Moodle.

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Online Support

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Online support is via the paper management system Moodle. Paper materials will be made available to students via Moodle. Such materials include important announcements and documents (including the paper outline and reading list).

PLEASE NOTE there is no University of Waikato requirement that lecture notes, in whatever form, be provided to students via Moodle. Furthermore, any notes made available on Moodle may not be an exact copy of the lecture as presented in class.

Lecture material is also provided via Panopto recordings.

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This paper is held in the A Semester. It has four contact hours weekly, through two lectures. Students are expected to attend all sessions and complete the required readings. As a 15 point paper you should expect to spend 150 hours minimum on this paper throughout the semester.This includes attending classes, connecting to Moodle, completing assessed work and readings and attending the field trip.

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Restricted papers: ENVP305

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