September 18, 2018
Hot spot for Awatere-Huata
The Māori Carbon Foundation has appointed former MP Donna Awatere Huata as the first Māori climate commissioner to provide independent Māori-focused research and advice on how Aotearoa can carry out its obligations under the 2015 Paris Agreement on greenhouse-gas-emissions.
Foundation chair Sir Mark Solomon says the commissioner and her office will operate independently of the foundation, the crown, and other private/public agencies.
He says the commissioner will facilitate opportunities for Māori to learn about climate change, and programmes to help Māori play their part in Aotearoa’s campaign to clean up the world; and also be available to engage with all other stakeholders in Aotearoa.
Mrs Awatere Huata is a long-time advocate for the Treaty of Waitangi, a campaigner against racism and has represented the NZ Māori Council on the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous People.
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