3.1 External Agencies

3.1.1 External agencies include but are not limited to businesses, central government, Local Authorities (councils), the Waikato River Authority, community groups, schools and educational institutions, and ecological restoration groups. External agencies are essential and critical to the successful achievement of the objectives in this Plan.

3.1.2 This Plan should be used by external agencies involved in any aspect of resource management, who are undertaking or intending to undertake anything that has the potential to impact upon areas of interest to Waikato-Tainui, as outlined in this Plan. Such as:

(a) Activities;

(b) Resource use;

(c) Develop policies and/or plans;

(d) Implement policies and/or plans;

(e) Special Permits (i.e. Fishery, Biosecurity);

(f) Statutory Authorisations (i.e. Concessions, High and Low Impact Permits);

(g) Teaching of environmental studies, maatauranga Maaori, or any of the above matters.

3.1.3 The Plan in no way substitutes or alleviates the need for external agencies to engage directly with Waikato-Tainui with regards to existing or future resource management or environmental policy, planning, development, and use. Waikato-Tainui consider that external plans, policies, and activities should align or be consistent with the objectives of this Plan. Engagement should take place with the appropriate Waikato-Tainui entities that exercise kaitiakitanga and have mana whenua over the area affected by the proposed resource management activity.

3.2 Waikato-Tainui (Internal Users)

3.2.1 These are Waikato-Tainui members, whether governance or staff members, whaanau, marae, hapuu, management groups, or other Waikato-Tainui groups involved in resource and environmental management and/or use. This Plan is particular suitable for those within Waikato-Tainui who are kaitiaki and/or exercise kaitiakitanga and/or are mana whenua within their particular part of the overall Waikato-Tainui rohe.

3.2.2 For the purpose of this Plan, ‘Waikato-Tainui’ are people who descend from or affiliate to a recognised Waikato-Tainui marae, hapuu, or iwi. ‘Waikato-Tainui’ also, where the context allows, includes the various organisations or bodies that Waikato-Tainui establishes to manage the individual and collective affairs of Waikato-Tainui. This includes, but is not limited to committees, trusts, or other organisations for marae, hapuu, management committees, land blocks in Maaori title, clusters of the same, the iwi authority or its delegated body, and other structures that, from time to time, Waikato-Tainui may establish to consider matters of relevance under this Plan.

3.2.3 Waikato-Tainui groups may develop or already have their own environmental plans and policies additional to this Plan, and are able to use this Plan as they wish to complement their own efforts. As mentioned previously WTTKI is supportive of other environmental plans and policies where they are consistent with this Plan. If the authors of these other environmental plans and policies wish it, WTTKI is supportive of these other environmental plans and policies being considered with this Plan as if they were written for this Plan. This is to ensure that other environmental plans and policies written by Waikato-Tainui groups are afforded the same status as this Plan. If any inconsistencies exist between the documents, this Plan supports the use of the highest target or measure.