9.1.1 Using the context in the previous chapters, this section of the Plan discusses various strategic documents that influence this Plan and provide direction on the way that Waikato-Tainui interacts with resource management, uses and activities. These are Whakatupuranga Waikato-Tainui 2050 (Waikato-Tainui strategic plan) and Te Ture Whaimana o te Awa o Waikato (the Vision and Strategy for the Waikato River). It is expected that resource management, uses and activities occur in a manner consistent with these documents.

9.1.2 This section also describes issues, objectives, policies and methods associated with natural resources and environmental management that apply across the Waikato-Tainui rohe. These are intended to provide management guidance, based on Waikato-Tainui values and knowledge, to promote sustainable management of natural, physical, and cultural resources. It is expected that resource management, uses and activities occur in a manner consistent with these objectives, policies and methods.

9.1.3 The following Section D considers issues, objectives, policies, and methods for specific ‘elements’ of the environment such as fresh water, fisheries, air, and coastal environment. Once resource users and activity operators have considered Section C, it is expected that they will undertake an analysis of relevant parts of Section D.


9.1.4 Each chapter is broken into the following sections: Introduction: provides an introduction and context to the chapter. In the chapters considering Whakatupuranga 2050, Te Ture Whaimana, and Right of First Refusal this part of the chapter is quite extensive. Issues: describes the issues of concern that impact or have the potential to impact on the overall health and wellbeing of the matter discussed in the chapter. Issues of concern to Waikato-Tainui may include consistency and alignment with Waikato-Tainui aspirations and strategic direction, activities, management approaches or processes that adversely impact on elements of natural resources and the environment and/or Waikato-Tainui taonga and values (including direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts). Objectives, policies and methods:

(a) Objectives describe high level goals or direction that would minimise, manage or eliminate the issues.

(b) Policies define the direction and/or course of action to achieve the objectives in the Plan.

(c) Methods describe specific actions, directions, and/or more detailed outcomes that promote and support the policies.

(d) The policies and methods in this Plan are directions and actions that Waikato-Tainui will implement, support and/or promote. Waikato-Tainui whaanau, marae, hapuu, or other collective group may have additional policies and methods that complement or are preferred over the ones in this Plan. In most cases the successful achievement of the objectives will require a team approach from external agencies (such as Local Authorities, resource users and activity operators, the wider community) to carry out certain activities or strive to achieve certain objectives. Waikato-Tainui will encourage or advocate for these agencies to carry out these activities or achieve the objectives using the Plan as a guide.

9.1.5 Implementing these policies and methods will require on-going engagement and consultation with Waikato-Tainui. Waikato-Tainui considers that cooperation and collaboration is needed between all levels of external agencies, taangata whenua, and the general public to ensure the sustainable management of the environment for future generations.