May 15, 2023
Media Release: “Outrage to Optimism Report”
Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou Media Release
“Outrage to Optimism Report”
“URGENT ACTION REQUIRED TO DELIVER ON BOLD REPORT”
“We can no longer tolerate the unsustainable practices that degrade the land and continuously place our people, waterways, and coastal environments at perilous risk”, said Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou, Chairperson, Selwyn Parata.
The Panel has listened to our people and formed recommendations that balance the needs of the Taiao, our land, our people, and our regional economy.
There is a clear need for immediate action to address the recommendations in the report, failure to act is not an option, when the security, safety and wellbeing of the whenua, waterways and people are at stake.
Responsible Ministers, Cabinet, and government need to be bold and commit to the full suite of recommendations in the report. The gravity of the environmental crisis we are facing and the programme for change required, needs immediate action and unequivocal support.
The wide-ranging recommendations including, enactment of legislation and regulatory improvements , inclusive regional governance arrangements, and responsible forestry planting, felling and management practices are essential.
The appointment of a woody debris taskforce, RMA and recovery implementation commissioners will provide the additional expertise, bandwidth and resources required. Ngati Porou and Te Aitanga a Mahaki have already mapped and costed debris removal and clean-up initiatives for the most vulnerable waterways and at-risk lands in our rohe.