May 25, 2021
Maori voices on emergency planning committee
A Ministerial Advisory Committee has been appointed to give a Māori perspective on emergency management.
The committee was established by Minister Kiritapu Allan to recognise the vital role iwi have in responding to disasters.
Acting Minister Kris Faafoi says Māori are disproportionally impacted by natural disasters and emergencies, but also bring a great deal of capability in relation to emergency management.
The committee will be chaired by Robyn Wallace, the former Ngāi Tahu emergency director.
Other members include Chris Tooley from Ngāti Kahungunu, the chief executive of Whakatāne-based health and social services provider Te Puna Mātaatua, Far North District councillor Kelly Stratford from Ngāpuhi and Ngāi Te Rangi, and Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rarua chief executive Shane Graham from Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Koroki-Kahukura.
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