Kumeroa says lessons learnt from previous major projects, along with an understanding of the client’s intent, enabled the Alliance to promote previously unexplored opportunities.
“Communicating our understanding enabled further exploration of the methodology implementation across the board, taking a major step towards the partnership in its true sense under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.”
He says there were multiple components to the proposed methodology put forward by the Alliance including:
- Iwi as governance with Waka Kotahi
- Iwi as alliance members
- Iwi as community
- Iwi as implementers
“For me the biggest lesson here is that we have every opportunity to align our activities with the priorities of Iwi and wider community. If we have an ongoing understanding of these priorities, we can start the conversation with a much higher alignment leading to a productive process.”