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

 


Interim chair of Collaborative Stakeholder Group appointed

28 February 2014

Interim chair of Collaborative Stakeholder Group appointed

Highly experienced resource management expert Bill Wasley has been appointed interim chair of the Collaborative Stakeholder Group (CSG) established to address water quality issues in the Waikato and Waipa rivers.

Mr Wasley is a director of Wasley Knell Consultants Limited in Tauranga, which specializes inresource management, project management, independent chairing, and hearing commissioner assignments.

He has 35 years experience in senior management roles in the public and private sectors. His current roles include being chair of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Strategy Advisory Committee, the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy Implementation Committee, and the Western Bay of Plenty SmartGrowth Committee. In the Waikato, he was previously independent chair of the Future Proof Implementation Committee.

The CSG is a core component of the Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora project, involving Waikato Regional Council, river iwi partners and Waikato River Authority. The group is made up of representatives from a wide range of interests, including farming and industry, Maori, local government, environmental and the general community.

The role of the CSG will be to, by November next year, recommend a plan change to the regional council and iwi to better protect the health of the rivers. This plan change will set targets and limits for land-based activities to help meet the water goals of the regional Vision and Strategy for the rivers and the National Policy Statement for Freshwater. Contaminants from both point sources (such as factories) and non-point discharges (such as farmland) will be considered by the CSG.

Mr Walsey’s initial role will be to guide the establishment of the CSG, the delivery of a CSG “problem statement” for the rivers, and the start of testing of policy options.

The council’s acting group manager policy and transport Tracey May said it was great to have someone of Mr Walsey’s calibre aboard. “The undertaking of collaborative approaches to consider and address significant environmental issues, involving multiple parties, is a great way of reaching solutions that have buy in and commitment from a range of sectors and groups.

“With his facilitation skills and extensive resource management experience, Bill will bring a lot of wisdom to the work of the CSG.”

Mr Walsey said he was pleased to have an opportunity to contribute to the CSG’s work.

“Providing an opportunity for a wide range of interests to have early and continuous engagement in the policy and plan making processes will assist in the shaping of proposals that have broad support. This will also help in the effective implementation of any plan change for the rivers.”

The CSG’s first meeting will be in March.

Healthy Rivers: Plan for Change/ Wai Ora: He Rautaki Whakapaipai
The Healthy Rivers: Plan for Change/Wai Ora: He Rautaki Whakapaipai project will work with stakeholders to develop changes to the regional plan to help restore and protect the health of the Waikato and Waipa rivers, which are key to a vibrant regional economy.

The project plays a part in restoring and protecting the health and wellbeing of the rivers for current and future generations, as required by the Vision and Strategy for the Waikato River/Te Ture Whaimana o Te Awa o Waikato. It will help achieve reduction, over time, of sediment, bacteria and nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) entering water bodies (including groundwater) in the Waikato and Waipa River catchments.

For more information, visit www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/healthyrivers

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Gordon Campbell: The PM’s Hair-Pulling Power Trip

There have been striking differences between (a) the account of the waitress involved in the hair-pulling incidents, and (b) the account being given by Prime Minister John Key. The version by the waitress is available here and is recommended to anyone yet to read it. By her account, there were multiple instances of hair-pulling and these persisted and persisted long after she had made her annoyance clear to Key – who had also been advised by his wife, and by other café staff that the behavior was evidently not being welcomed. More>>

ALSO:

War: What’s To Commemorate?

Gordon Campbell in Werewolf: Is there anything that can be validly commemorated on this 100th anniversary of Gallipoli? Beyond, that is, a fleeting sense of empathy with the thousands of soldiers killed or wounded on April 25 1915 and in the months thereafter, until the whole thing was finally called off in December 1915. More>>

MORE IN WEREWOLF:

ALSO:

Peter Ellis Case: Minister Declines Request For Commission Of Inquiry

Justice Minister Amy Adams has declined a request from supporters of Peter Ellis for a Commission of Inquiry on the basis that an inquiry cannot be used to determine the liability of any person. More>>

Quakes: New Process For Red Zone Crown Offers

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced a process to give everyone a say on the Crown offers to owners of vacant, commercial/industrial and uninsured properties in the Residential Red Zone. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Battle Obama Is Waging Over The TPP

For the past two and a half years, this column has been arguing that the fate of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal will hinge on whether US President Barack Obama can win Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) from Congress... Last week, the White House finally, finally unveiled a draft TPA Bill. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Govt Breaks Free Doctors Visit Promise To Kids

Documents obtained by the Green Party show that the Government decided to fund only 90 percent of doctors’ visits for children suffering from an injury in an attempt trim the cost of the so-called “free” visits. More>>

ALSO:

Other Wars: Extension Of NZDF Commitment In Afghanistan

The New Zealand Defence Force’s commitment of mentors and support staff to the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Afghanistan has been extended out to December 2016, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

PM's Press Conference: Auckland Property Prices Increasing "Too Rapidly"

John Key accepted that Auckland property prices 'are going up too rapidly” in a press conference held today in Wellington, however he said that this is not anything new. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: ANZAC PMs Concerned About ISIL Bringing The War Home

Prime Minister Key and Prime Minister Abbott spoke of the bond formed between Australia and New Zealand in the “baptism of fire” of Gallipoli. Abbott stated that New Zealand and Australia’s values and interests are linked, and this is reflected in the joint operation in Iraq which will begin shortly. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news