Cultural Advisory/Te Hihiri – working with iwi, hapū and Māori

Te Hīhiri draws on the philosophies of ‘sustainability’ and mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) to produce unique and integrated solutions to environmental planning and design projects. The philosophy behind Te Hīhiri is based on the premise that mātauranga Māori is complementary to modern design and environmental management practice. Our team of cultural advisers are well versed in mātauranga Māori and apply its concepts to inspire and ground Boffa Miskell’s methodologies and processes. Boffa Miskell’s Te Hīhiri team have a range of skills across resource management, planning, policy, heritage and facilitation and engagement.


Tūhono me Whakawarea / Facilitation and Engagement Enable open relationships and the exchange of information, values and principles between Iwi and Hapū with other stakeholders.

Kaupapa Here / Strategic Policy Provide Iwi and Hapū with appropriate and timely information and advice to engage at a local, regional and national level on environmental management matters.

Te Taiao / Resource Management Assist Iwi and Hapū to express and implement their tikanga Taiao and kaitiaki practices to provide a balance the management of the environment and the needs and aspirations of the community.

Mahere Taiao / Environmental Planning Enhance the cultural and socio-economic values and principles of environmental planning and resource management with Kaitiakitanga and Mātauranga Māori.

Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho / Cultural Heritage Identify, protect and manage Māori heritage sites and taonga with their whānau, hapū and iwi.

Cultural Impact Assessments Undertake various forms of cultural assessment and engagement with iwi, hapū and manawhenua within the planning, consenting and design processes, including Cultural Impact Assessments (CIA) and cultural values research and reports.