June 05, 2013
DOC ranger keen for more Māori in job
A young Māori conservationist says its essential tangata whenua are involved in programmes to manage natural resources.
TK Hawaikirangi from Ngāti Kahungunu is a recent graduate of DOC’s Tauira Kaitiaki Taiao cadetship programme.
He spoke to last month’s World Indigenous Network in Darwin on the Ngā Whenua Rāhui programme, which allows Māori land with high conservation values to be managed as part of the conservation estate.
He says environmental protection is a growth industry, and treaty settlements means more skilled Māori will be needed to manage conservation land returned to iwi.
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