May 07, 2021
Olsen bring environment links to Rangitihi management
Ngāti Rangitihi chair Leith Comer says its new general manager’s experience with the Department of Conservation and in resource management is a good match for the eastern Bay of Plenty tribe’s next moves.
It’s second time around at Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust for Anthony Olsen, who serves as chief executive in its early stages before moving into research and negotiating roles during its settlement phase.
For the past three years he has worked for DOC in Te Waipounamu, most recently as regional planner for treaty and community.
With the settlement complete, the focus is now to deliver on the iwi’s social, economic, cultural and environmental aspirations.
"And a large part of that work will be working with organisations like the Department of Conservation because much of the land we are receiving in our settlement was ex-DOC land, the conservation estate, so we are going to have to have a significant relationship with the Department of Conservation," Mr Comer says.
He says Mr Olsen’s environmental planning experience will help Rangitihi’s efforts to restore the mauri of Tarawera Awa.
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