Te Roopu Taiao
Te Roopu Taiao (The Councils/Tangata Whenua Joint Management Committee) was established in the 1990s to develop relationships between the local authorities and tangata whenua of Murihiku especially in matters concerning environmental resource management.
The group is made up of councillor and officer representatives from the four Councils:
- Environment Southland
- Southland District Council
- Gore District Council
- Invercargill City Council
With representatives from the four Papatipu Rūnanga in Murihiku:
- Hokonui Rūnanga
- Te Rūnaka O Awarua
- Oraka/Aparima Rūnaka
- Waihopai Rūnaka
Te Roopu Taiao meets four times a year and deals with the higher level political interface, budget setting, accessing resources, commitments for members.
Te Ao Marama
Te Ao Marama takes care of the day-to-day management of Resource Management Act matters under the Local Government Act 2002.
Te Ao Marama is run and operated directly by representatives from each of the four Papatipu Rūnanga in Murihiku/Southland, and some representation from Te Rūnanga O Ngai Tahu when required.