This guide is set out in four sections.
This guide uses the term 'tangata whenua' to refer to any organisation or group representing tangata whenua interests. Where the guide uses the term 'organisation or group', this should be read to include Māori trust boards, rūnanga, iwi incorporated societies, iwi charitable trusts, marae committees, marae trustees, iwi resource management units, hapū, whānau and any other organisation or group participating in resource management on behalf of tangata whenua.
The guide also refers to 'decision-makers'. For the purpose of this guide, 'decision-makers' refers to the local authorities (the city, district or regional councils) or their representatives (councillors, independent commissioners and council staff) that make decisions under the RMA. These are often referred to simply as 'councils'.