Land, people, and relationships

Council and iwi memoranda of understanding, land perspectives and population profiles for Māori in Wellington.

Cr Jill Day in hongi with local iwi.

Memoranda of Understanding with iwi 

Wellington City Council has strong relationships with local iwi groups, and we are grateful for their time and commitment to the people of Wellington.

In March 2017, the Council and local iwi formally re-signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika (Taranaki Whānui) and Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira Incorporated (Toa Rangatira). 

The memoranda provide the framework for strategic relationships between the iwi groups and the Council, enabling our iwi partners to contribute to council decision making and to help us lead our tāngata whenua for the future. 

The MoU of Taranaki Whānui says: Wehea Taitea Kia Tū, Ko Te Iho – Strip away the sapwood to expose the heart wood. Put aside the everyday and focus strategically on building a better future for both parties.

The MoU of Toa Rangatira says: Tū Kotahi Tātou – Work together for the betterment of all. 

We all share the same aim – to build a better future for our people, and to do it strategically, thinking about our future generations. 

It’s up to all the groups to work together to understand each other and our communities, and to work for the long-term betterment of our people, he tāngata he tāngata he tāngata.

Memoranda of Understanding


Te Tauihu – te reo Māori policy

We want Wellington to be a Te Reo Māori city. We value Te Reo Māori and see it as a taonga we need to protect, nurture, and grow. As a step towards this, we have developed a Te Reo Māori Policy. We are developing an action plan to put the policy into practice.

Land perspectives

The Council's policy on land use and development within Wellington city is outlined in the District Plan. Chapter 2 discusses the historical, spiritual and physical significance of land to local iwi and Māori.

Population profile

The 2013 Māori Population Profile provides a snapshot of Wellington's Māori population.

More information about Wellington's Māori population is available on the Community Profile website: