May 26, 2014
Iwi leaders picked for conservation boards
Iwi are strongly represented in the latest batch of appointments to the country’s 14 conservation boards.
Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner says this time round the boards will have a greater focus on enhancing relationships with iwi and hapu.
They are also expected to promote recreation opportunities and tourism on conservation land, in line with government policies.
Conservation Boards are the link between the community and the Department of Conservation, and advise on strategic direction and planning for their respective regions.
New appointments to the Auckland board include Alec Hawke from Ngati Whatua and Great Barrier resident Rod Ngawaka from Ngati Rehua.
Auckland Independent Maori Statutory Board chair David Taipari from Ngati Maru was reappointed to the Waikato board, and Ngati Tuwharetoa chair John Bishara is back at the head of the Tongariro-Taupo board.
Ngaruahine leader Daisy Noble, who has been fighting treaty and environmental battles in south Taranaki, won a place on the Taranaki-Whanganui board along with Sam Tamarapa of Waitara, and Anne-Marie Broughton and Whanganui River Maori Trust Board chair Brendon Puketapu were reappointed.
Mita Harris was picked to chair the Northland board, and Ken Raureti of Ngati Rangitihi will lead the Bay of Plenty Conservation Board.
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