July 03, 2019
Mana whenua share chair of Hauraki Gulf change body
Efforts to protect and manage the Hauraki Gulf have stepped up with the appointment of a ministerial advisory committee to help shape the Government's response to proposals in the Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan.
Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says over the next 12 months the committee will provide the Department of Conservation and Fisheries NZ with a vital sounding board and independent, solutions-focused expert advice," says Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash.
It will be be co-chaired under a co-governance model by Watercare director Catherine Harland and lawyer Paul Majurey for mana whenua.
Other mana whenua members include Tame Te Rangi, Dr Valmaine Toki and Liane Ngamane, with Volker Kuntzsch, Dr Jeremy Helson, Dr John Montgomery, and Environmental Defence Society policy director Raewyn Peart making up the balance of the committee.
EDS chair Gary Taylor says the environment of the Hauraki Gulf has been in decline for decades, and Sea Change successfully brought iwi and stakeholders together to find solutions.
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