The application and AEE describes the anticipated environmental effects of the project, including cultural effects.
In addition, a Cultural Effects Assessment (CEA) will further detail tangata whenua values and cultural effects through their relationships with the resources or site (and surrounds) subject to the refinery’s proposal. The methodology for this Assessment will be based on the relationship of Maori and their culture and traditions with their ancestral lands, water, sites, waahi tapu and other taonga. The Assessment will consider the implications of the proposal for the knowledge and practice of Kaitiakitanga by tangata whenua over their taonga; and whether the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi are affected by the proposal.
A CEA has been prepared and is part of our ongoing discussions with Tangata Whenua.