May 22, 2014
Heritage kaitiaki named
Three prominent Maori have been appointed to the inaugural Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Board, which replaces the Historic Places Trust.
The reorganisation is supposed to speed up the archaeological consenting procedure, reducing the red-tape burden on property owners while ensuring appropriate protection for heritage.
The board will be chaired by former National deputy prime minister, Wyatt Creech.
It includes former Ministry of Maori Affairs chief executive John Clarke, Ngati Whatua chair and Maori Party president Naida Glavish, and Maori Language Commission chair Erima Henare.
Other members are Architect Ian Athfield, builder Brian McGuiness, whose construction company refurbished Government House, insurance and property law expert Storm McVay, and Mary Neazor, a former director of the Catholic Church Underwriting Agency.
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