Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti is one of the longest lasting partnerships between tāngata whenua and Local Government in New Zealand. The partners are the Kāpiti Coast District Council and the mana whenua (people with ‘authority over the land’) on the Kāpiti Coast: Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Toarangatira and Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai.
The community-led coastal adaptation project is committed to iwi partnerships, to ensure the collective environmental vision, values and position inherited and held by the iwi of Kāpiti are captured.
The Takutai Kāpiti summit brought together a wide range of voices recognising the values that indigenous people have concerning the coastline and the impacts changing weather patterns will have on the environment, people and the way we behave.
We acknowledge that Māori have tikanga and know that meaningful, genuine dialogue holds the key to our district being able to prepare for our future.
We look forward to building a stronger Kāpiti together.