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It follows Generation Zero telling the Otago Regional Council, during an annual plan public hearing this week, that it had treated Ngai Tahu like a stakeholder rather than a partner.
The national, youth-led climate organisation believed local iwi’s voice had been diminished among other stakeholders.
Mr Ellison said he was working with councillors directly to devise a plan for better engagement with Ngai Tahu.
The framework for this was being discussed during ORC strategy and policy committee meetings, which occur every eight weeks.
"We are aware that there can be improvements made and we put that to council, they have listened and they have come back with a model that is being discussed and progressing," he said.
The plan would focus on elevating Ngai Tahu to a "higher level", where they would have direct input, particularly on land and water regional plan development.
But the model should apply across the entire Resource Management Act, where various land changes occurred, he said.
Mr Ellison and Lyn Carter both sit as iwi representatives on ORC’s strategy and planning committee, following the council voting to add two iwi representation positions last year.
He said he had brought issues surrounding iwi partnership to council’s attention in January, as it had been evident through experience of the existing framework surrounding collaboration with local iwi that a change was needed.
"It is still in process ... a work in progress."