Best Practice – Integrated Planning and Investigations

Awarded to:

  • Cynthia Ward, Project Manager, Manawatu District Council
  • Dennis Emery, Ngā Kaitiaki o Ngāti Kauwhata
  • April Bennett, Resource & Environmental Planning Programme, Massey University
  • Brent Limmer, Project Sponsor, Manawatu District Council


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Te Putahi: The Confluence – Cultural Impact Assessment Report for Growth Precinct 4, Fielding




Te Pūtahi: The Confluence, centred around a Cultural Impact Assessment analysing of the effects of Feilding’s new residential growth area.

There are three partners: Ngāti Kauwhata, acknowledged as mana whenua in Feilding; Manawatū District Council, and Massey University’s Resource and Environmental Planning Programme. Beginning as a technical report, the Assessment evolved into a much broader collaboration.

The confluence – te pūtahi – of the Manawatū Ōroua rivers is a significant spatial feature in the tribal histories and landscapes of Ngāti Kauwhata and neighbouring iwi.

The confluence became a metaphor for bringing the many different strands of the project together to support outcomes much broader than the project itself.

As a result the ancestral waterways of Ngāti Kauwhata are being safeguarded, relationships between Ngāti Kauwhata and the Manawatū District Council continue to be strengthened, and a new generation of Planners are trained to work respectfully, sensitively and knowledgeably with Māori.

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