7.3.1 Purpose, status and funding


  1. The Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009 established the board whose purpose is to help Auckland Council make decisions, perform functions and exercise powers by: [1]

    • promoting cultural, economic, environmental and social issues of significance for Tāmaki Makaurau mana whenua and mataawaka

    • ensuring the council acts in accordance with statutory provisions referring to Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi. 

  2. When representing the IMSB, members must act in the interests of the board’s purpose and in no other interest [2]. The board members are separate from and independent of mana whenua represented on the selection panel.


  1. The board is a body corporate, separate and independent from Auckland Council [3].

  2. The IMSB may choose to name itself and may change its name at any time [4]. It has currently chosen the name Independent Māori Statutory Board (IMSB).


  1. The board's general functions are to: [5]

    • act in accordance with its purpose

    • develop and keep up to date a schedule of issues of significance to mana whenua and mataawaka of Tāmaki Makaurau.

    • advise Auckland Council on matters affecting Tāmaki Makaurau mana whenua and mataawaka

    • work with the council on the design and execution of documents and processes to implement the council's statutory responsibilities towards Tāmaki Makaurau mana whenua and mataawaka.

  2. The board and the council are required to meet at least four times each financial year to discuss their respective performances [6].

  3. The council must meet the reasonable costs of the IMSB’s operations, the secretariat, the establishment of committees and seeking and obtaining advice. This is done by the council and the IMSB agreeing a funding agreement annually [7].



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