Partnerships with Iwi

Partnerships with Iwi

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Aired on 9 February 2017, this webinar is now available on-demand on our EquiP TV platform.

Please email the EquiP team to purchase this on-demand webinar. 

Price: $150+GST per person

EquiP's Partnerships with Iwi Webinar is part of our Partnership Series, and a continuation from your induction, which will serve to deepen your understanding of the role Maori play in Council and the community, as well as explaining the benefits of such a partnership.  Whether you attended EquiP's induction workshops or not, this webinar should prove to be an invaluable resource at the beginning of your term. 

During this 45 minute webinar, you will learn about the following topics.

  • Lost in translation - an introduction to Maori concepts and terminology around governance. 
  • Legislative requirement or genuine desire - examining drivers and motivators for partnership.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with tangata whenua.
  • Finding a way to work together - existing examples of partnership in the local government sector.

After the webinar, you will be able to:

  • describe central Maori concepts and terminology around governance;
  • recognise and differentiate drivers and motivators for partnerships; and
  • describe various types of partnerships the local government sector has with tangata whenua and how to maintain these relationships.

About the presenter

Bonita Bigham, Councillor, South Taranaki District Council

Bonita Bigham is a current councillor on the South Taranaki District Council, in her second term. She is also serving again on Te Maruata, LGNZ’s national council of Maori elected members for the second time.

Bonita is actively involved in her community, serving on marae committees, whanau trusts, iwi and hapu organisations, sports clubs and school boards of trustees during the past 20 years. She is managing director of Taniko Communications which specialises in cross-cultural communication, public relations and project management. She is engaged to the lovely Kevin, is a loyal daughter and the mother of a busy, sporty, teenaged son. In her spare time Bonita is studying art and is an exhibiting artist.

Additional expertise – Bonita is an accredited RMA commissioner, sits on the Environment and Hearings Committee in the South Taranaki District Council and is Council’s appointee to a local community board and Sport Taranaki, the region’s sports trust. She has extensive governance experience and is currently involved with her iwi’s Treaty of Waitangi settlement process. Bonita is also a trained facilitator, qualified journalist and former newspaper editor.



Please contact the EquiP team for further information on 04 924 1200 or email 


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