Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Change in Hearing Panel for Plan Change 5

10 April 2013

Change in Hearing Panel for Plan Change 5

A challenge to the composition of the Hearing Panel for the Regional Resource Management Plan Change 5 hearing has resulted in one change to the Commissioners on the panel.

Four people were appointed by HBRC as accredited Commissioners with a wealth of experience and a commitment to joint resource management in terms of Maori. The appointees were Hawke’s Bay Regional Councillor Christine Scott, Professor Roger Maaka, Mike Mohi (HBRC Maori Committee Chairman) and Denis Nugent (independent commissioner from Wanaka).

The challenge was specifically concerning a conflict of interest for Mrs Scott and Professor Maaka, and their roles in HBRC and HBRIC Ltd. There was a further challenge from Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc about Mr Mohi’s participation and his representation within Maoridom.

Mr Nugent took the chair to hear the challenge, with the challenged commissioners leaving the table.

Hawke’s Bay Fish & Game had made the challenge, expressing concern about the importance of the plan change on land use and water management and the perceived conflict of interest with the current and previous roles of the two commissioners in terms of the proposed water storage dam. Their view was supported by a number of environmental groups.

The challenged commissioners were given a right of reply. Cr Scott commented that her oath of office required her to consider the entire region’s well being but acknowledged the perception of a conflict of interest did exist.

Professor Maaka said that he had sympathy with some of the positions, but that he had been appointed to the Ruataniwha Water Storage Board Committee as a subject matter expert in Māori cultural and environmental matters and Mana Whenu relationships after his appointment to the Hearing Panel for Plan Change 5. He strongly supported co-governance of resources by Maori and stated that he was used to making impartial decisions on these matters.

Mr Mohi outlined his long history of working with water ways and wetlands plus representation on various Maori organisations, and that he was also used to managing conflicts of interest.

Commissioner Denis Nugent considered all the comments and consulted with legal representation.

Commissioner Nugent commented that in dealing with conflicts of interest, perception is often as important as the issue itself, and while in the strict legal sense there was no conflict of interest, in terms of the importance of the issue, perception over-rides the legal position.

He ruled that Commissioner Scott would stand down, but that Commissioner Maaka and Commissioner Mohi remain on the panel with himself as Chair to continue the hearing.

The hearing now continues today.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Parliament Kicks Off: Carter Re-Elected Speaker

The 51st Parliament held its commission opening today with MPs sworn in and David Carter elected Speaker.

The day began at 11am with the three Royal Commissioners – the Chief Justice, the Court of Appeal President, and the Chief High Court Judge – declaring the new Parliament open.

After the Commissioners left the Chamber the swearing in of MPs took place in alphabetical order. Unlike some previous openings all MPs managed to swear on the bible or affirm their oath without any hiccups... More>>

 

Labour: Review Team Named, Leadership Campaign Starts

Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban.

ALSO:


Roy Morgan Poll: National Slips, Labour Hits Lows

The first New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll since the NZ Election shows National 43.5% (down 3.54% since the September 20 Election). This isn’t unusual, National support has dropped after each of John Key’s Election victories... However, support for the main opposition Labour Party has crashed to 22.5% (down 2.63% and the lowest support for Labour since the 1914 NZ Election as United Labour). More>>

ALSO:

In On First Round: New Zealand Wins Security Council Seat

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed New Zealand securing a place on the United Nations Security Council for the 2015-16 term. More>>

ALSO:

TPP Leak: Intellectual Property Text Confirms Risk - Jane Kelsey

The US is continuing its assault on generic medicines through numerous proposed changes to patent laws. ‘These are bound to impact on Pharmac if they are accepted’, according to Professor Kelsey... Copyright is another area of ongoing sensitivity... More>>

ALSO:

RMA: Smith Plans Reform To Ease Urban Development

Newly appointed Environment Minister Nick Smith has announced Resource Management Act reform to foster urban development, where high land prices and expensive resource consents are blocking efforts to provide affordable housing. More>>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On New Zealand getting involved (again) in other people's wars

Apparently, the Key government is still pondering how New Zealand will contribute to the fight against Islamic State. Long may it ponder, given the lack of consensus among our allies as to how to fight IS, where to fight it (Syria, Iraq, or both?) and with whose ground troops, pray tell? More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On child poverty, and David Shearer’s latest outburst

The politicisation of (a) the public service and (b) the operations of the Official Information Act have been highlighted by the policy advice package on child poverty that RNZ’s resolute political editor Brent Edwards has finally prised out of the Ministry of Social Development. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On the government’s review of security laws

So the Key government is about to launch a four week review of the ability of our existing legislation to deal with “suspected and returning foreign terrorist fighters, and other violent extremists.”

According to its terms of reference, the review will consider whether the SIS, GCSB and Police are sufficiently able right now to (a) investigate and monitor suspected and returning foreign terrorist fighters… More>>

ALSO:

Labour Davids: Lisa Owen Interviews David Shearer

David Shearer still mulling whether to stand for Labour leadership but says his family doesn’t think it’s a good idea. Declares that it will be “incredibly divisive” for the Labour caucus if David Cunliffe returns to the role of leader. More>>

ALSO:

Taser Use & False Evidence: Timaru Officers "Failed To Follow Good Policing Practice"

The Authority found that even if Mr Reuben’s contact with the officer was deliberate it amounted to only a minor assault. While it found the use of the OC spray was justified, the use of the Taser was not a proportionate response... More>>

ALSO:

Little Surprise: Andrew Little To Contest Labour Leadership

I have decided to contest the Labour Party leadership. There are three immediate issues to deal with: creating greater cohesion across the caucus, rebuilding the relationship between caucus and the Party and, most importantly getting the process under way to listen to the voters who have abandoned us... More>>

ALSO:

Two Fewer Votes In Recount: "Positive Result" - Harawira

When I applied for a recount of the votes from the Tai Tokerau election, I made it clear that this application was not aimed at overturning the election result, but ensuring that all votes cast by Maori were treated with due respect, regardless of whether those votes are for Labour, Maori Party or MANA. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news