Regional civil defence group holds workshop with tangata whenua

The Manawatū-Whanganui Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MWCDEM) Group held a workshop at Te Poho o Tuariki in Marton last week with representatives of iwi and hapū from across the region to better understand the potential consequences of a major flood or earthquake, and how these types of events may impact Māori across their rohe (region).

The MWCDEM Group recently began the process of reviewing the risks posed by hazards within the region as part of the overall review of the MWCDEM Group Plan, a document that outlines the aims and objectives of the group over the next five years. This process has involved workshops with interested parties to better understand the potential consequences of each hazard for the region across four specific areas – social, built, economic and natural environments.
Engagement with tangata whenua also reflects the National Disaster Resilience Strategy objective to build the relationship between emergency management organisations and iwi and hapū groups representing Māori, to ensure greater recognition, understanding and integration of iwi/Māori perspectives and tikanga in emergency management.
Workshop facilitator and hazards project lead from Toa Consulting, Jim Tetlow, says the level of engagement from iwi in this process has been impressive.
“It’s clear that there is a desire to see the capability of iwi and hapū recognised within the plans for future events,” says Mr Tetlow, “and this is just one part of a wider journey the MWCDEM Group is currently undertaking alongside tangata whenua.
“The workshop will help the Group to understand more clearly the specific consequences of emergency events to Māori and help to shape a Group plan that is more reflective of this.”
MWCDEM Group Iwi Advisor Chris Kumeroa says the representatives in attendance will now inform their tribal entities that the process has begun and will look forward to updates as the work progresses.
“I think we can all give ourselves a pat on the back,” says Mr Kumeroa. “This is genuine Treaty relationship building and will mean a lot to tangata whenua in our region.”

The Manawatū-Whanganui Civil Defence Emergency Management Group (The Group) is a consortium of the Manawatū-Whanganui region local authorities and is established under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002. The Group’s role is to lead coordination of civil defence emergency management in the region. Governance comes from the Joint Standing Committee, which includes the mayors and regional council chair. They are supported by the Coordinating Executive Group (CEG), which comprises senior leaders from the local authorities, iwi, Police, Fire and Emergency, St John, Defence, and many other government and non-government agencies. The Group’s activities, obligations, and powers are set out in the Group Plan.
Workshop attendees:
Dallas McLeod                         Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi
Tama Pokai                              Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi
Marj Heeney                            Ngāi Te Ohuake
Dianne Saunders                     Ngāti Tamakopiri
Jenny Tamakehu                     Ngāti Tamaūpoko
Beryl Miller                              Ngāti Tūpoho
Desiree McLean                      Ngāti Tūpoho
Te Rangi Maniapoto                Ngāti Tūwharetoa
Alan Turia                                Ngā Wairiki Ngāti Apa
Taylor Mihaere                        Rangitāne o Tamaki nui a Rua
Correy Adams                         Tuhua Hikurangi Regional Management Committee 
Arthur Tane                             Tuhua Hikurangi Regional Management Committee 
Nardia Gower                          Rangitīkei District Council
Sharon Grant                          Rangitīkei District Council
Lequan Meihana                     Rangitīkei District Council
Mitchell Brown                        Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ)
George Mana                          Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ)
Ian Wilson                               National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)
Jim Tetlow                               Toa Consulting – Hazards Project Lead
Chris Kumeroa                        MWCDEM Group Iwi Advisor
Jonathan Procter                    MWCDEM Group Iwi Advisor
Stephen Dunn                         Horizons Regional Council
Jerald Twomey                        Horizons Regional Council
Ged Shirley                              Horizons Regional Council/CEG Chair