Cultural Impact Assessment Policy
HELPING AUCKLAND COUNCIL WITH THE SMOOTH ADOPTION OF NEW REGULATIONS.
Client: Auckland Council
Services: Planning & Policy, Iwi
As a trusted advisor to Auckland Council, 4Sight helped to review the internal implementation and administration of their new Cultural Impact Assessment (CIA) provisions in the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP).
4Sight worked with key council departments affected by the new CIA rules (as both a regulator and an applicant) to identify any issues and opportunities. We then came up with short, medium and long-term solutions to respond to the new requirements whilst maintaining their original intent.
We provided these solutions to the council and they were then discussed with Mana Whenua representatives at a hui to help identify the best way forward.
We worked with key council departments to gain a detailed understanding of the issues and the opportunities provided by the new rules. This helped us develop solutions for the council that reflected the individual needs and constraints of each department, whilst also helping the council maintain a coordinated and consistent relationship with Mana Whenua.
Following our advice, Auckland Council has put measures in place to respond to the rules in a way that helps to avoid some of the potential issues that were raised when the PAUP was introduced.
A key recommendation to establish an in-house public Mana Whenua consultation facilitation service was adopted. This provides an important service for “mum and dad” type applicants who may have no idea how to contact or consult with Mana Whenua.