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FROM A CLIENT'S PERSPECTIVE

Here's some of the ways we've helped government, iwi and the private sector make better planning and environmental decisions
that balance the needs of land, water and people.

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Wānanga/focus group facilitation with Ngāti Toa

The Project

4Sight facilitated four focus groups, prepared detailed agendas, facilitated the kaupapa and engagement between technical science and coastal advisors (from GWRC and DOC) and recorded the outcomes and actions from each focus group.

4Sight assisted Ngāti Toa Rangatira:

  • To define and identify what cultural indicators were in a Ngāti Toa context;

  • To develop a framework for the initial indicators to sit within;

  • To develop initial indictors to be tested in Te Awarua-o-Porirua; and

  • In a testing day in Te Awarua-o-Porirua, where Ngāti Toa tested and trialled the marine cultural health indicators.

4Sight assisted GWRC and DOC by:

  • Preparing detailed materials, resources, and activities for whānau before each wānanga;

  • Preparing detailed agendas for, and recording actions from each meeting;

  • Recording detailed notes from each wānanga to assist reporting and project management;

  • Project management support between each wānanga; and

  • Working collaboratively and preparing high quality resources drawing on our wider expertise and experience in coastal, ecological and environmental projects.

The Outcome

We partnered with Ngāti Toa, GWRC and DOC to successfully deliver an initial set of marine cultural health indicators which whānau tested and trialled in Te Awarua-o-Porirua. We facilitated the ground work to allow Ngāti Toa to continue developing and refining the initial indicators, with support from GWRC and DOC science and coastal advisors. 4Sight continues to grow our relationship with Ngāti Toa, GWRC and DOC.

The Approach

4Sight assisted Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and the Department of Conservation (DOC) in leading a series of wānanga (focus groups) with Ngāti Toa Rangatira to develop an initial suite of marine cultural health indicators for their rohe.

4Sight leveraged our existing relationship with Ngāti Toa Rangatira, GWRC and DOC as a trusted advisor to facilitate the exchange of mātauranga Māori (indigenous and local Māori knowledge) and scientific knowledge. We adopted a whānau centred approach and assisted them to develop an initial set of marine cultural health indicators and to test these in Te Awarua-o-Porirua (Porirua Harbour).

The Ngāti Toa Rangatira Marine Cultural Health Indicator Project

Wānanga/focus group facilitation with Ngāti Toa, GWRC and DOC

HELPING AUCKLAND COUNCIL WITH THE SMOOTH ADOPTION OF NEW REGULATIONS

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).

The project

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.

THE APPROACH

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.

THE OUTCOME

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.  

Cultural Impact Assessment Policy

Helping Auckland City Council with the Smooth Adoption of NewRegulations

As a trusted advisor to Auckland Council, 4Sight helped to review the implementation and administration of their new Cultural Impact Assessment (CIA) provisions in the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP). 

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WORKING TO OBTAIN RESOURCE CONSENTS IN THE FACE OF HEAVY TECHNICAL OPPOSITION

Ngati Tuwharetoa Geothermal Assets Limited (NTGA) engaged 4Sight in late 2011 to help acquire resource consents to take additional geothermal fluid from the Kawerau geothermal field, and then again for a second application to renew an existing consent to discharge residue geothermal fluid into the Tarawera River.

The project 

4Sight acted as the lead planning advisor for the take application, with key tasks being: 

  • Working in conjunction with the client and legal advisors to scope the case and evidence requirements;

  • Reviewing/integrating scientific and technical information and evidence (Council and Environment Court evidence);

  • Preparing draft conditions of consent;

  • Preparing and delivering planning evidence for the council hearing;

  • Reviewing council decisions and 3rd party appeals;

  • Preparing Environment Court evidence and negotiating conditions.

We are currently preparing to proceed to a public hearing for the discharge application. Our role has been more varied for this application. So far we have:

  • Reviewed scientific and technical information associated with the Tarawera River;

  • Identified critical gaps in the application and scoped project briefs to fill the gaps in short periods of time;

  • Prepared an application and assessment of environmental effects for the renewal in accordance with the RMA, which was accepted at first lodgement;

  • Liaised with barristers, Bay of Plenty Regional Council staff and other key stakeholders;

  • Carried out statutory planning assessments.

The approach

 The take application is still ongoing, and is primarily made up of scientific and technical issues. Ian Mayhew, a Principal Planning & Policy Consultant at 4Sight, has contributed significantly to a successful outcome by placing the environmental effects of the project into the context of the planning framework which ultimately decides the appropriateness of granting the consent.

Ian has also ensured that the application's renewal occurred smoothly and that critical dates were met, so that the client can continue to operate while the replacement consent is being assessed. The application's lodging date was fast approaching by the time 4Sight was commissioned, so we made sure the appropriate information requirements were identified at the outset, so that the application could still be prepared within relatively tight time constraints.

THE OUTCOME 

The resource consent for the take was approved by the Environment Court after a short hearing, where appeals were resolved and the consent's conditions were agreed upon. The resource consent for the discharge is currently being finalised. 

Throughout this project, we demonstrated our ability to work to extremely tight deadlines and also to obtain resource consents in the face of significant technical opposition. 

 

Ngati Tuwharetoa Geothermal Assets

Working to Obtain Resource Consents in the Face of Heavy Technical Opposition

Ngati Tuwharetoa Geothermal Assets Limited (NTGA) engaged 4Sight in late 2011 to help acquire resource consents to take additional geothermal fluid from the Kawerau geothermal field.

HELPING IWI FISHERIES ACHIEVE A MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

To assist towards planning for, protecting and sustainably managing their freshwater environment and customary freshwater fisheries, 4Sight was engaged to help the eight mana whenua iwi of Te Tau Ihu gain a deeper understanding of their native freshwater environment.

The project

4Sight undertook a review of historical and current scientific and cultural research within the rohe, to understand the current state. A range of interview materials was then designed to capture and understand:

  • traditional fishing histories, tikanga and kawa specific to hapū or iwi;

  • mahinga kai sites, and taonga species – how they were and how they are now, individual perspectives on current issues and solutions, and

  • iwi aspirations for the future.

Face-to-face interviews were carried out with Kaumātua throughout the rohe. The interviews were professionally filmed by writer and film director Wiremu Grace to capture these personal memories as part of the historical record. 

The final output provided a visual representation of environmental and historical information using GIS mapping to support the report.

The approach

We recognised from the start that our client was seeking more than just another scientific report, but more a reflection of the state of the rohe from an iwi and hapu perspective, represented visually and backed by hard facts.    This required a diverse set of skills encompassing ecology, freshwater and customary fisheries management, policy, GIS and an understanding of Te Ao Māori.

  • We gave a voice to iwi and hapū aspirations through interviews. Establishing relationships through correct protocol, acknowledging mana, and taking the time to talk and listen meant that Kaumātua felt comfortable to express their views, and share their history.

  • We used our familiarity with ecological databases and information sources to find and incorporate a wide range of relevant information.

  • We used GIS mapping to present information visually in a way that was easy to understand, while retaining a greater level of detail that could be analysed at any given time;

  • We presented the results orally, and provided digital copies of the GIS maps and final report.

The outcome

Iwi now have a clearer understanding and documented record of the state of the native freshwater fishery, the various pressures it faces, the regulatory mechanism, along with a clear picture of the information gaps that need to be filled to enable long term sustainable management.  

Prioritised recommendations to address information gaps were developed in line with iwi driven solutions that will help achieve iwi aspirations for freshwater fishery management.

Te Tau Ihu

The Native Freshwater Fishery

4Sight was engaged to help the eight mana whenua iwi of Te Tau Ihu towards planning for, protecting and sustainably managing their freshwater environment and customary freshwater fisheries.

PROVIDING EXPERT ADVICE ON TE TIRITI O WAITANGI AND MAORI ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES 

As a trusted advisor to the New Zealand government, 4Sight has provided policy analysis and advice to Te Puni Kōkiri on a range of environmental issues across government since 2012. 

The project

4Sight has been providing Te Puni Kōkiri with technical analysis and policy advice on a range of environmental issues across government since 2012, thanks to our expertise in Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Māori environmental issues.

We have been actively involved in cross-agency work programmes all across government, with the aim of increasing Māori participation in RMA processes.

One of 4Sight's senior planners, Jerome Wyeth, also led the development of two guidance documents which provide guidance on developing iwi management plans and cultural impact assessments. 

The approach

As part of our work for the client, 4Sight has developed close working relationships with several relevant agencies. We have collaborated on key work programmes with these agencies, with an end-goal of achieving a mutually beneficial outcome for the client.

4Sight's main strength in working with the client is our ability draw on practical RMA planning experience and knowledge of Māori environmental issues, which we use to deliver policy advice that is relevant, evidence-based and understandable. 

The outcome

Through our work with the client, 4Sight has been able to ensure that resource management reforms incorporate proposals to improve the participation of Māori in resource management processes. If enacted, these proposals will clarify iwi/hapū's role in RMA planning.

Te Puni Kōkiri

Environmental Issues

As a trusted advisor to the New Zealand government, 4Sight has provided policy analysis and advice to Te Puni Kōkiri on a range of environmental issues across government since 2012. 

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