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Series Of Hui On Environmental Policies

7 May 2001

The Minister for the Environment, Marian Hobbs, has announced a series of hui to discuss environmental issues and policies with iwi and Maori around the country.

"The Ministry for the Environment, which is organising these hui, will be joined by the Maori Heritage Council of the Historic Places Trust," the Minister said. "The Ministry hopes to discuss matters of national interest such as water management and the Rio+10 programme, along with specific issues of concern to the local iwi.

"Iwi have indicated to the Ministry they want more information on environmental issues which affect their area. The first of the nine hui will be with northern iwi, hapuu, kaitiaki and environmental practitioners at a hui at Roma marae, this Thursday May 10. In the North they have asked to cover issues such as waste management, biodiversity issues such as possum control, water quality and, marine farming.

"The Ministry is aware that each area has its own set of needs and priorities. As officials move through the country they expect to see different priorities emerge."

Hui Timetable:
Hui Date

Kaitaia April 26/27
Roma Marae

Gisborne May 17
Turanganui a kiwa board room

Ruatoria May 18
Kariaka Marae

Blenheim May 22/23
Waikawa Marae

Tauhei May 26/27
Maramatutahi Marae

Taumarunui May 29/30
Ngapuwaiwaha Marae

Hastings June 8/9
Kohupatiki Marae

Otaki June 11/12
Tukorehe Marae

Invercargill June 13/14
Murihiku Marae

A Hui for Rotorua is being confirmed.

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