Investigating the role of iwi management plans in natural hazards management: a case study from the Bay of Plenty region

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Saunders, W.S.A. 2018 Investigating the role of iwi management plans in natural hazards management: a case study from the Bay of Plenty region. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2017/50. 55 p. + appendices; doi: 10.21420/G2VW63.

Abstract: This report forms the second stage in a four-stage research programme investigating the role of iwi management plans in natural hazard management. Iwi management plans (IMPs) provide a valuable strategic tool for natural hazard management, however their potential influence and role is uncertain. To assist in the evaluation of IMPs as a tool for natural hazard management, a case study was undertaken of IMPs in the Bay of Plenty Region. Of the 29 IMPs lodged with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, 21 plans were analysed for their natural hazard provisions, linkages to other plans and policies, and consultation process. Of these 21 IMPs, only six included reference to natural hazards, to different degrees; some had specific and explicit information on natural hazard risks and climate change; others were more general. Based on the content of these six plans, four were analysed in more detail to ascertain to what degree natural hazards were included. The findings of this research can be summarised into three key issues: the variable inclusion of natural hazards in IMPs; calls for action in IMPs; and the variability and lack of acknowledgement of IMPs in other plans. (auth)