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

Gordon Campbell:
On The National Leadership “Contest”

Key’s endorsement of English has turned this “contest” into a race for second place.

This succession was well planned. Lets not forget that English was told by Key in September of his intention to resign, and English was the only member of Cabinet entrusted with that information before it was sprung on everyone else on Monday morning. More>>

Latest: Judith Collins and Jonathan Coleman have withdrawn from the leadership race, leaving Bill English the only candidate to replace John Key as Prime Minister.

 

Education, Marketing, Taxes: Health Groups Call For Actions For Sugary Drinks

The New Zealand Dental Association is launching a new consensus statement on Sugary Drinks endorsed by key health organisations. The actions seek to reduce harm caused by sugary drinks consumption. More>>

ALSO:

More Departures? David Shearer Proposed For UN Peacekeeping Role

Mt Albert MP David Shearer is being proposed for a demanding and exciting role heading the United Nations peacekeeping force in South Sudan, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Security Agencies' Reports: GCSB Wants To Give ISPs More Power To Block Threats

The Government Communications Security Bureau wants to give internet service providers more information and power to block cyber threats which are increasing, its director told the intelligence and security select committee yesterday.. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Charter Schools Misleading Pass Rates

Labour: NCEA results for charter schools have been massively overstated... In one case a school reported a 93.3 per cent pass rate when the facts show only 6.7 per cent of leavers achieved NCEA level two. More>>

ALSO:

Rebstock Report Resolution: SSC Apologises To Derek Leask And Nigel Fyfe

Following a complaint by Mr Leask, the Ombudsman found that the State Services Commission acted unreasonably in relation to Mr Leask and identified numerous deficiencies in the investigation process and in the publication of the final report and in the criticisms it contained of Mr Leask... More>>

ALSO:

International Rankings: Student Results 'Show More Resourcing Needed'

NZEI: New Zealand had only held relatively steady in international rankings in some areas because the average achievement for several other OECD countries had lowered the OECD average -- not because our student achievement has improved. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Salvation Army Report: Beyond The Prison Gate Report

A new Salvation Army report says changes must be made to how prisoners re-enter society for New Zealanders to feel safe and secure in their homes and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Surprise Exit: Gordon Campbell On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news