November 05, 2018
Hikuroa brings whenua eye to state farmer
Government-owned farming company Pāmu has appointed University of Auckland Māori studies lecturer Daniel Hikuroa to its environment reference group.
Dr Hikuroa is an earth systems scientist and mātauranga Māori specialist.
Other new members include clean water researcher Marnie Prickett, who becomes the group's chair, and Forest and Bird’s Annabeth Cohen.
They join existing members Guy Salmon, Dr Mike Joy and Dr Tanira Kingi.
Pāmu's general manager of technology, innovation and environment, Rob Ford, says the former Landcorp wants to be a leader in recognising and mitigating the environmental impacts of agriculture.
While the environment reference group operates independently of the business, in its first three years Pāmu has taken its guidance on working to de-intensify its dairy farms, and putting an end to the use of palm kernel extract on all its farms.
It has also kept a focus on issues such as water quality and animal welfare, and completed an annual environmental impact assessments on all farms.
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