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Iwi appointment to GWRC standing committee

Media Release
Greater Wellington Regional Council

10 April 2014


Iwi appointment to GWRC standing committee

Greater Wellington Regional Council has confirmed the appointment of two iwi Maori appointments to the Strategy and Policy Committee.

The recommendations were made to Council by a panel of tangata whenua members representing Ara Tahi, GWRC’s inter-iwi representative group.

Chair of GWRC, Fran Wilde, says the Regional Council is fortunate to have access to the experience, knowledge and expertise of the two new committee members, Kim Skelton and Rawiri Faulkner. Having iwi representatives on our standing committee is an important feature of our partnership with tangata whenua.

“Kim was a previous appointee to the Social and Cultural Wellbeing Committee and she has been an interim appointment to the Strategy and Policy Committee. Kim is a resource management consultant with extensive experience working with local government.

“Rawiri is a current member of Te Upoko Taiao Management Committee and has extensive experience in iwi resource management.

“Kim and Rawiri bring a strong mix of RMA, policy, strategic direction and application, local/regional community and Māori knowledge to the Strategy and Policy Committee. Ara Tahi has endorsed the panel’s recommendations to the Regional Council, and we are very pleased to confirm their appointment.”

The Ara Tahi panel established to consider nominations for tangata whenua appointments to the GWRC Strategy and Policy Committee comprised Te Waari Carkeek, Taku Parai and Nelson Rangi.

The successful nominees are:

• Kim Skelton; Principal Advisor to the CEO of CFRT affiliated to Taranaki iwi and Ngāti Raukawa – nominated by Atiawa ki Whakarongotai; Waikanae

• Rawiri Faulkner; GM Māori of GNS affiliated to Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Huia and Ngāti Whakaue – nominated by Ngāti Toa Rangatira

ENDS

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