Each year the annual New Zealand Planning Institute Conference includes an all-day Papa Pounamu hui (refer programme attached).  The Papa Pounamu hui aims to invoke dialogue and critical thinking on planning issues unique to Māori.  This year’s hui includes an exciting line up of presenters canvasing a range of contemporary planning issues specific to Māori. 

Presentations cover topics including cultural landscapes, co-governance in action, the Tūhoe nation and integrating matauranga Māori into setting water quality limits.  

Registrations
The Papa Pounamu hui is free for anyone to attend.  Anyone wanting to attend needs to register online.  The link to the register component of the conference website is:

http://www.nzpiconference2015.org.nz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=164&Ite mid=494&lang=en 

When registering online you need to click on the ‘Special Interest Workshops (including YP Congress, Hui etc) tab.

Hui Promotion
Please send this panui onto anyone you think will be interested in the kaupapa.  Papa Pounamu want to get as many Māori, iwi, hapū and trust representatives, government employees and consultants with an interest in environmental resource management along to this hui.  The hui is free to make it more accessible to grass roots practitioners who would otherwise not have the funding capacity to attend.  It also makes it easier to justify to your boss.

Papa Pounamu Kaupapa
Papa Pounamu is a technical special interest group which comes under the korowai of the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI).  Interest in setting up a Maori planning focused group initiated through the need defined between Te Puni Kokiri, Ministry for the Environment and NZPI in the early 2000’s.  This resulted in a series of annual hui being held which discussed and presented issues and processes across the country topical for Maori and those working with Maori.  The formalisation of Papa Pounamu as an entity is the result of a maturing of NZPI, and is based upon a foundation of engagement with Maori and the planning profession since the early 2000’s. Papa Pounamu has two key strategic objectives; Cultural practices in planning is business as usual –what’s good for Māori is good for Aotearoa, and a greater presence of Māori and Pacific peoples in the planning profession and NZPI.  

Mauri ora