This is a single section from Chapter 4. Read the full chapter here.

Who should be consulted?

Consultation must target Māori whose interests are particularly affected.


Government policies and legislation will have the ability to affect different groups of Māori in different ways. It is therefore important to identify who might be specifically affected and ensure their views are sought and fully considered. As no one body speaks for all Māori on all matters, iwi or entities that are specifically affected must be identified and consulted. For matters concerning particular regions, it may be appropriate to focus consultation on the iwi who have customary interests in that area.

The OTS will also be able to advise on which iwi have a representative body recognised by the Crown for Treaty settlement purposes.

The CabGuide webpage on “Consultation with government agencies” notes that departments should, after making their own initial assessments, consider consulting Te Puni Kōkiri on proposals that may have implications for Māori as individuals, communities or tribal groupings; and the Crown Law Office for constitutional issues including Treaty issues.

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