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Conservation Board Appointments - Regions

6 September 2001 Media Statement
Auckland Conservation Board appointments announced


Conservation Minister Sandra Lee today announced appointments to the Auckland Conservation Board, effective from the start of this month.

"Conservation Boards are independent bodies that give the Department of Conservation direct imput on local issues, " she said. "They play an important role in matching conservation policies with community needs and provide a way for local people to be part of conservation decisions affecting where they live.

"The government has set aside a record $226.35m to spend on conservation throughout New Zealand during the 2001/02 year," Ms Lee said. "Some of this funding will filter down to Conservancy project work and strategies which will be subject to local Conservation Board oversight."

"I am confident this mix of appointed and re-appointed board members and sitting members will provide strong and sound advice to DOC's Auckland Conservancy.

“Anne Fenn--a scientist--who is one of three re-appointed members has brought to the Auckland Conservation Board a long standing commitment to conservation, evidenced by her involvement with a number of NGOs, in particular the Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society of New Zealand.

“Mel Galbraith is a lecturer in ecology at UNITEC. Mel came to prominence as Chair of the extremely successful Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi (Inc).

"He is a member of the Ornithological Society of NZ and is a member of the current Board. He has made strong contributions in the fields of natural heritage and biodiversity and is a flag bearer for community involvement.

“Laly Haddon, a well known farmer and tourism operator from Pakiri, is a member of the current Board, Chair of the Ngati Wai Trust Board, and Deputy Chair of the Hauraki Gulf Forum.

"He has been an active member of the Board providing wise counsel on a range of conservation issues.

“Margaret Kawharu is a new appointment to the Auckland Conservation Board.

"She is affiliated to Ngati Whatua/Mahurere and is currently Claims Manager of Wai 32, Ngati Whatua o Kaipara ki te Tonga.

"She is highly regarded in the community and brings a wealth of experience and understanding of conservation issues facing the Department in South Kaipara.”


6 September 2001 Media Statement
Bay of Plenty Conservation Board appointments announced


Conservation Minister Sandra Lee today announced appointments to the Bay of Plenty Conservation Board, effective from the start of this month.

"Conservation Boards are independent bodies that give the Department of Conservation direct imput on local issues, " she said. "They play an important role in matching conservation policies with community needs and provide a way for local people to be part of conservation decisions affecting where they live.

"The government has set aside a record $226.35m to spend on conservation throughout New Zealand during the 2001/02 year," Ms Lee said. "Some of this funding will filter down to Conservancy project work and strategies which will be subject to local Conservation Board oversight."

"I am pleased to announce the new appointments as Tekarehana Wicks and Heather McKechnie and the reappointments of Gaye Payze and Rea Rangiheuea," Ms Lee said.

"I am confident this mix of newly appointed and re-appointed board members and sitting members will provide strong and sound advice to DOC's Bay of Plenty Conservancy.

Bay of Plenty conservator, Chris Jenkins, said he welcomed the appointments. Both Ms Payze and Ms Rangiheuea had contributed significantly to the board during their previous term and he looked forward to the skills and knowledge the new members would bring.

The two new appointments and two re-appointments bring the total number on the board to 11.

Ms Lee thanked the only retiring member, chair Melanie Moorcroft, for the energy and passion she had shown during her time with the board.

New members:
Te Katehana Wicks (Tauranga), has affiliations with Ngaiterangi and is currently a tutor/programme co-ordinator for the BOP Polytechnic. She is involved with a range of environmental, conservation and management groups including the Tuhua Trust Board, Otawhiwhi Marae Committee and the Waihi Beach Bowentown Environmental Working Party.

Heather McKechnie (Rotorua) has affiliations wth Ngati Parua and is a professional gardener.
She has a long-term interest and involvement in conservation and is a member of the Citizens Advice Bureau, for which she provides volunteer training.

Re-appointed members:
Gaye Payze (Whakatane), a policy planner with the Whakatane District Council and member of the local branch of Forest and Bird.

Rea Rangiheuea (Rotorua), has affiliations with Te Arawa, Mataatua, Tainui and Ngapuhi. She is a teacher and a member of various Maori land trusts.

Current members:
James Carlson (Murupara), a trustee of Te Runanga o Ngati Whare Iwi Trust and a spokesperson for Ngati Koru marae;
Te Ariki Morehu (Rotorua), a member of the Lake Rotoiti Scenic Reserve Board and affiliated to Te Arawa;
Peter Rollerston (Tauranga), a researcher, advisor and affiliated to Tauranga Moana representative;
John Hohapata-Oke (Whakatane), affiliated to Ngati Awa, a sales and marketing consultant, also on the board of ERMA;
Herb Madgwick (Rotorua), a retired forestry scientist and Forest and Bird member;
Robyn Skelton (Rotorua), an industry training advisor, former Conservation Corps tutor and a NZ Mountain Safety Council bushcraft co-ordinator;
Bob McGowan (Tauranga), a continuing education officer with Waikato University, member of the Tuterangi marae committee and advisor on rongoa.



6 September 2001 Media Statement
Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board appointments announced


Conservation Minister Sandra Lee today announced appointments to the Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board, effective from the start of this month.

"Conservation Boards are independent bodies that give the Department of Conservation direct imput on local issues, " she said. "They play an important role in matching conservation policies with community needs and provide a way for local people to be part of conservation decisions affecting where they live.

"The government has set aside a record $226.35m to spend on conservation throughout New Zealand during the 2001/02 year," Ms Lee said. "Some of this funding will filter down to Conservancy project work and strategies which will be subject to local Conservation Board oversight."

"I am confident this mix of appointed and re-appointed board members and sitting members will provide strong and sound advice to DOC's Canterbury Conservancy.

“I am pleased to announce that Valerie Campbell, Fred Murray and Mandy Waaka-Home are the new appointments, and that Alan Jolliffe and David O’Connell have been reappointed to the Board," she said.

 Valerie Campbell from Christchurch is an Environment Canterbury Councillor, a former chair of the North Canterbury Forest and Bird Protection Society and Hillsborough Residents’ Association member, with a M.A. in Visual Arts and a B.A. Hon. in pre History and History. She has professional experience of coastal processes, historic site preservation and archaeology and wide experience of planning processes under the Resource Management Act.

 Fred Murray from Leithfield Beach, North Canterbury, is a founding member and current secretary of Leithfield/Ashworths Coastcare group, advocating for the protection of dune systems and bird habitats, and has strong analytical skills. He has an interest in the backcountry and a good knowledge of the Hurunui catchment, upper Rakaia and Wilberforce/Harper areas.

 Mandy Waaka-Home from Oamaru,has been nominated by Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu. She has extensive experience working with the Blue Penguin colony in Oamaru and as a conservation volunteer with Yellow Eyed Penguins. In addition, she has broader coastal and historic interests.

Re-appointed members:

 Alan Jolliffe of Christchurch is a business lecturer at the Christchurch Polytechnic, who has been on the board’s planning committee and taken a lead role in a number of major focus areas for the board.

 David O’Connell has been re-appointed on the nomination of Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu. David has an extensive knowledge of the interests of tangata whenua in conservation issues within the Canterbury region.

Current members:

 Wiki Baker. of Temuka has a broad knowledge of tikanga Maori and a special affinity with Aoraki
 Joe Sour, has a particular interest in coastal issues and knowledge of the Banks Peninsular.
 Kay Booth, of Christchurch, a Parks, Recreation and Tourism lecturer at Lincoln University with a good knowledge of protected areas and concessions.
 Roger Fagg, of Timaru, a decorator with a long time interest and involvement in conservation, geology, botany, public participation and education.
 Barbara Spurr, a secondary school science adviser with teaching, conservation, scientific and community interests and affiliations.
 Ainslie Talbot, a freelance journalist, producer and director, and keen recreationist with a strong interest in backcountry issues and habitat and species.
 Tom Todhunter, a farmer from Methven, with an interest and involvement in tourism and conservation and wide knowledge in resource management issues.

Ms Lee thanked the retiring chair, James Guild, for his significant contribution to conservation and the Board, and retiring board members Terry Donaldson and Wiki Martin for their efforts.


6 September 2001 Media Statement
Chatham Islands Conservation Board appointments announced


Conservation Minister Sandra Lee today announced appointments to the Chatham Islands Conservation Board, effective from the start of this month.

"Conservation Boards are independent bodies that give the Department of Conservation direct imput on local issues, " she said. "They play an important role in matching conservation policies with community needs and provide a way for local people to be part of conservation decisions affecting where they live.

"The government has set aside a record $226.35m to spend on conservation throughout New Zealand during the 2001/02 year," Ms Lee said. "Some of this funding will filter down to Conservancy project work and strategies which will be subject to local Conservation Board oversight."

"I am confident this mix of re-appointed board members and sitting members will provide strong and sound advice to DOC on the Chatham Islands.

“I am pleased to announce that Phil Seymour, Donna Gregory-Hunt and Antoinette Day have been re-appointed for a further three years," Ms Lee said.

Wellington Conservator, Allan Ross, said that the relationship between the Chatham Islands Conservation Board and the Department was different than that on the mainland.

"DoC staff on the islands, and board members, have a greater inter-action with the community than in the rest of New Zealand,” he said. “This is because so much of the department’s work is with species which do not respect boundaries between private land and public conservation land, and because the community is interested in and well-informed about conservation issues."

These three members join seven other members maintaining the total board membership at ten.

Phil Seymour has been the chairperson of the board for the last two years and has spent three years on the board to date.

Donna Gregory-Hunt and Antoinette Day have both completed just one year on the board having been appointed last year as replacements for resigning members.

Continuing members are Ann Hough, Denis Solomon, Alison Turner and Hohepa Tapara all of Chatham Island, Ken Lanauze and James Moffett of Pitt Island, and Dr. Peter Johnson of Dunedin.


6 September 2001 Media Statement
East Coast Hawke's Bay Conservation Board appointments announced


Conservation Minister Sandra Lee today announced appointments to the East Coast Hawke's Bay Conservation Board, effective from the start of this month.

"Conservation Boards are independent bodies that give the Department of Conservation direct imput on local issues, " she said. "They play an important role in matching conservation policies with community needs and provide a way for local people to be part of conservation decisions affecting where they live.

"The government has set aside a record $226.35m to spend on conservation throughout New Zealand during the 2001/02 year," Ms Lee said. "Some of this funding will filter down to Conservancy project work and strategies which will be subject to local Conservation Board oversight."

"I am confident the mix of appointed and re-appointed board members and sitting members will provide strong and sound advice to DOC's East Coast Hawke's Bay Conservancy.

“I am pleased to announce that one Board member is a new appointment, and three have been re-appointed.

New member:
 Mrs Meg COLLINS of Opotiki
Mrs Collins (56) has participated in, and planned, many conservation and environmental issues and projects over the past 26 years. She is a former chairperson of the Eastern Bay of Plenty branch of Forest and Bird as well as a previous Councillor to Bay of Plenty Regional Council.
She has a wide network of people throughout New Zealand working in conservation projects. Mrs Collins is a freelance writer and is involved in the Opotiki tourism industry.

Reappointed members:
 Mr Lloyd BEECH of Taradale
Mr Beech has been a vital and reliable member of the Board, valued for his hard and dedicated work, knowledge of strategic planning, conservation areas and issues, and in particular, his knowledge and deep interest in Te Urewera National Park and other lands managed by the Department. Mr Beech is a retired engineer and was responsible for drafting the current East Coast Hawke’s Bay Conservation Board’s Strategic Plan.
He is an active member of the Federated Mountain Club and a member of NZ Alpine Club. He is Chairperson of Institute Professional Engineers (Hawke’s Bay branch) and a fellow of IPENZ.

 Mrs Eileen von DADELSZEN of Napier
Mrs von Dadelszen is a very active and respected member of the Hawke’s Bay community and is currently the Deputy Chairperson of Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. She is a resource management consultant and is a member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.
She has interest, qualifications and experience in governance including policy development and strategic planning. Her knowledge and understanding of resource management issues in the Conservancy, particularly in Hawke’s Bay, has been invaluable to the Board and the Department.

 Mr Hone Meihana TAUMAUNU of Whangara
Mr Taumaunu was a member of the Board during the early 1990’s. His interest in and contribution to conservation and the well being of Maori in the District has been immense. He has affiliations to Ngati Porou and Ngati Konohi.

In recent years he has made a significant contribution to the establishment of the Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine reserve, north of Gisborne. Mr Taumaunu has as rich background and interest in education and has a strong interest in customary fishing matters, marine reserves and sustainable use of marine resources.

These four join seven current members, bringing the total number of members to eleven.

Current members:
 Aubrey Temara of Ruatahuna
 Anne Hilson of Dannevirke
 William Blake of Mahia
 Frank Martin of Wairoa
 Bryan Riesterer of Opotiki
 Louise Savage of Te Karaka
 Rangi Tari of Taneatua

"The new board has a good mixture of new blood as well as continuity from experienced members”, Ms Lee said.

She thanked outgoing member Megan Williams for her energy and passion as a member of the Conservation Board.

6 September 2001 Media Statement
Nelson-Marlborough Conservation Board appointments announced


Conservation Minister Sandra Lee today announced appointments to the Nelson-Marlborough Conservation Board, effective from the start of this month.

"Conservation Boards are independent bodies that give the Department of Conservation direct imput on local issues, " she said. "They play an important role in matching conservation policies with community needs and provide a way for local people to be part of conservation decisions affecting where they live.

"The government has set aside a record $226.35m to spend on conservation throughout New Zealand during the 2001/02 year," Ms Lee said. "Some of this funding will filter down to Conservancy project work and strategies which will be subject to local Conservation Board oversight."

"I am confident this mix of appointed and re-appointed board members and sitting members will provide strong and sound advice to DOC's Nelson-Marlborough Conservancy.

"Three are new appointments, and two members have been reappointed. "

New members:

 Bill Gilbertson, a Nelson builder, is formerly from the West Coast and served for six years on the West Coast Conservation Board (1990-1996). He also served on the West Coast Park and Reserves Board for six years (1984-1990) and has had a long association with the Royal Forest and Bird Society including a period as national Deputy President.

 Harley McNabb, of Karamea, has been appointed for a one-year term to complete the balance of his three-year appointment to the West Coast/Tai Poutini Conservation Board. Mr McNabb, a semi-retired dairy farmer, provides representation for the Karamea region on the Nelson/Marlborough board which has responsibility for Kahurangi National Park.

 Glenice Paine, of Picton, is the Resource Management Officer for Te Atiawa Trust and has good knowledge of the region’s coastal marine area. She has affiliations with iwi including Te Atiawa and Ngai Tahu.

Reappointed members:

 Robin Manson, a Takaka diary farmer, is the current board chairman and has been on the board for three years.

 Graeme Coates, of Blenheim, is currently the board’s deputy chairman. He is a company manager with links to the marine farming industry and has been on the board since 1998.

"Two Ngai Tahu nominees to the board have also been appointed. "

Maurice Manawatu, of Kaikoura, has been reappointed and Darcia Solomon, also of Kaikoura, has rejoined the board to replace Wiremu “Bill” Solomon who died earlier this year.

Mrs Solomon had previously been on the board for 10 years before retiring from the position last year.

All these members have been appointed for a three-year term except for Mr McNabb whose previous three-year appointment expires in 12 months’ time.

These seven members join five current members bringing the total members to 12.

Ms Lee thanked the retiring member Robyn Reid for her energy and passion as a board member.

Current members of the board are Colin McNab, Edwin Pitts, and Kath Hemi, all of Blenheim, and Andy Dennis and Ropata Taylor, both of Nelson.

6 September 2001 Media Statement
Northland Conservation Board appointments announced


Conservation Minister Sandra Lee today announced appointments to the Northland Conservation Board, effective from the start of this month.

"Conservation Boards are independent bodies that give the Department of Conservation direct imput on local issues, " she said. "They play an important role in matching conservation policies with community needs and provide a way for local people to be part of conservation decisions affecting where they live.

"The government has set aside a record $226.35m to spend on conservation throughout New Zealand during the 2001/02 year," Ms Lee said. "Some of this funding will filter down to Conservancy project work and strategies which will be subject to local Conservation Board oversight."

"I am confident this mix of appointed and re-appointed board members and sitting members will provide strong and sound advice to DOC's Northland Conservancy.

“I am pleased to announce that Fiona Bannister and Jane Allan are the new appointments, while Maxine Shortland and Geoff Wightman have been re-appointed.

New members:
 Jane Allan, currently President/Chair of the Tohoraha Maori Women’s Welfare League, is joining the Board from Pukenui in the Far North for a three-year term. Describing herself as a home maker and facilitator, she has a firm commitment to conservation. Her strong iwi affiliations in Northland will add value to the networking abilities of the Board.

 Fiona Bannister, a para-legal from Kaikohe, member of the Ngawha Geo Power Station Liaison Committee, is joining the Board for a three-year term. She has a science background and affiliations with Ngapuhi and other Maori tribes.

Re-appointed members:
 Maxine Shortland from Russell has been with the Board since September 1998, during which time her personal passion for conservation issues combined with her involvement as a community board member and her strong Maori networking links have enhanced the advocacy component of conservation work.

 Geoff Whiteman, farmer, nursery-man and woodworker from Kaikohe, who has been an accomplished, “hands on” practical conservationist for many years, joined the Board last year and returns for a full three-year term, providing valuable support in advancing conservation outcomes, both practically and philosophically.

These 4 members join six current members, bringing the total members to 10.

Ms Lee thanked the retiring member, Richard Alspach, for his energy and passion as a member of the Board.

Current members are:
 Kevin Evans, an ostrich farmer from Ruawai, who is an active member of a variety of organisations and societies involved in species and habitat protection, with a particular passion for the endangered Brown Teal
 Kerikeri resident Atareiria Hei Hei, whose keen interest in conservation issues culminated in her currently completing a Bachelor of Applied Science with double Major in natural resource management degree at Massey University.
 the present chairperson of the Board since 1999, Derek Keene, an engineer by profession, who has been involved in local government in Whangarei for the past twenty years.
 eco-tourism operator Lewis Ritchie from Whangarei, a published author of numerous reports, papers and articles focussing on fisheries and marine conservation
 Georgina Stewart from Whangarei with strong Iwi affiliations, an active member of Forest & Bird Protection Society and secondary school teacher, proficient in te reo Maori me ona tikanga
 Hally Toia from Dargaville, who has extensive experience in relating with other organisations and the Crown regarding resource management and fisheries from an Iwi/Maori perspective.


6 September 2001 Media Statement
Otago Conservation Board appointments announced


Conservation Minister Sandra Lee today announced appointments to the Otago Conservation Board, effective from the start of this month.

"Conservation Boards are independent bodies that give the Department of Conservation direct imput on local issues, " she said. "They play an important role in matching conservation policies with community needs and provide a way for local people to be part of conservation decisions affecting where they live.

"The government has set aside a record $226.35m to spend on conservation throughout New Zealand during the 2001/02 year," Ms Lee said. "Some of this funding will filter down to Conservancy project work and strategies which will be subject to local Conservation Board oversight."

"I am confident this mix of appointed and re-appointed board members and sitting members will provide strong and sound advice to DOC's Otago Conservancy.

“I am pleased to announce that Hoani Langsbury is a new appointment, and that John Beattie and Robyn Jebson have been reappointed.

New member:

 Hoani Langsbury lives in Dunedin and is affiliated with Ngāi Tahu.

Reappointed members:

 John Beattie is a high country farmer from Patearoa who has been on the board since 1998 and is currently the deputy chairperson.

 Robyn Jebson of Queenstown has worked in the tourism industry for many years and has also been a board member since 1998.

These three members join current members Les Cleveland, Lesley McIntosh, Alan Mark, Rob Mitchell, Fergus Sutherland, and Gilbert van Reenen, bringing the total number of members to nine.

Current members:

 Les Cleveland is a Dunedin-based managing director and philanthropist who has served as board chairperson for five of his seven years on the board.
 Lesley McIntosh of Waimotu, North Otago is a farmer and homemaker who has been a board member since 1999.
 Alan Mark is a professor emeritus associated with the University of Otago in Dunedin, who has been on the board since 1990, serving as board chairperson from 1993 to 1999.
 Rob Mitchell of Dunedin is undertaking postgraduate studies in tourism marketing and has been on the board for two years.
 Fergus Sutherland, who runs an ecotourism business from Papatowai in the Catlins with his wife, joined the board last year.
 Gilbert van Reenen is a veterinary scientist and professional photographer based at Wanaka who has been a board member since 1998.

Ms Lee thanked the retiring member, Gail Tipa, for her contributions as a member of the board.


6 September 2001 Media Statement
Southland Conservation Board appointments announced


Conservation Minister Sandra Lee today announced appointments to the Southland Conservation Board, effective from the start of this month.

"Conservation Boards are independent bodies that give the Department of Conservation direct imput on local issues, " she said. "They play an important role in matching conservation policies with community needs and provide a way for local people to be part of conservation decisions affecting where they live.

"The government has set aside a record $226.35m to spend on conservation throughout New Zealand during the 2001/02 year," Ms Lee said. "Some of this funding will filter down to Conservancy project work and strategies which will be subject to local Conservation Board oversight."

“I am pleased to announce that Roger McNaughton of Woodlands, Jan Riddell of Winton and George Ryan of Bluff have been reappointed to the Board.

"I am confident this mix of re-appointed board members and sitting members will provide strong and sound advice to DOC's Southland Conservancy."

Southland Conservator Lou Sanson said the standard of nominations had once again been high this year and had included people from a range of backgrounds.

He also said it was pleasing to see existing board members put themselves forward for consideration as this ensured continuity on the board.

These three members join seven current members bringing the total board membership to ten.


Reappointed members:

 Roger McNaughton of Invercargill. Roger is chair of the Southland Fish & Game Council, a member of the Queen Elizabeth II Trust, and a member of the New Zealand Deerstalkers Association. Roger has an extensive background in recreational pursuits and has tramped, fished and hunted over most of Fiordland and Stewart Island/Rakiura.
 Jan Riddell of Winton. Jan has participated fully in all board related matters. In the past she served two terms on the Southland Regional Council (Environment Southland) and chaired the Planning and Resource Management Committee for most of that time. She was also a member of the Consents Committee of the council. She was reappointed to the conservation board for a 12 month term in 2000. She has a scientific background and has a B.Sc. (Hons) (Otago).

 George Ryan of Bluff. George is Rakiura Maori and provides important links with local iwi. He has a special interest in the southern islands and marine issues.

Current members:

 Jane Davis of Riverton is Rakiura Maori and is very active in matters relating to iwi in Southland. She is an extremely important link on the board and is also a Guardian of Lakes Manapouri, Monowai & Te Anau.

 Glenys Dickson of Gore has a strong interest in natural history and a commitment to the conservation ethic.

 Peter Goomes of Stewart Island is interested in issues affecting Stewart Island/Rakiura, tourism, marine issues, and fisheries from an iwi perspective.

 Malcolm MacKenzie of Winton is a member of both Federated Farmers Inc. and the Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society. He is also the chair of the Wastebusters Trust in Southland a group promoting waste/refuse minimisation which receives funding from the three local authorities.

 Anne McCracken of Riverton is a Southland District Councillor and is very active in the Tuatapere community. She has been closely involved with the Hump Track proposal.

 Diane Ridley of Te Anau is also a Southland District Councillor and is active in the Te Anau community.

Murray Speden of Gore has strong interests in recreation/tramping issues. Spent over 20 years on the Hillary Commission (local consultative committee) and 12 years on Hokonui Tramping Club Committee.

6 September 2001 Media Statement
Taranaki/Whanganui Conservation Board appointments announced


Conservation Minister Sandra Lee today announced appointments to the Taranaki/Whanganui Conservation Board, effective from the start of this month.

"Conservation Boards are independent bodies that give the Department of Conservation direct imput on local issues, " she said. "They play an important role in matching conservation policies with community needs and provide a way for local people to be part of conservation decisions affecting where they live.

"The government has set aside a record $226.35m to spend on conservation throughout New Zealand during the 2001/02 year," Ms Lee said. "Some of this funding will filter down to Conservancy project work and strategies which will be subject to local Conservation Board oversight."

"I am confident this mix of appointed and re-appointed board members and sitting members will provide strong and sound advice to their DOC Conservancy.

“I am pleased to announce that there are three new appointments, and that two Board members have been reappointed.

These five members join current members, six, bringing the total members to eleven.

The three new members are:
 Mrs Barbara ARNOLD of Palmerston North
Barbara Arnold has previous conservation board experience, wide-ranging interest in environmental issues and is a keen outdoors person. She has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Zoology. Barbara has been appointed for a one year term.

 Mrs Narayani TIWARI of Palmerston North
Narayani Tiwari has an active interest in local environmental issues as well as a special interest in environmental management development. She has a postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management development from Australian National University and Master of Philosophy in Environmental Household Waste Management from Massey University. Her experience in research and academic qualifications will be most useful for the Board. Narayani has been appointed for a one year term.


 Ms Annette MAIN of Wanganui
Annette Main has practical experience in local conservation initiatives, involvement in the local tourism industry as well as local government. She has a very strong personal and professional interest in conservation. Annette has been appointed for a term of three years.

Reappointed members:
 Kevin PHILLIPS of New Plymouth
Kevin Phillips has iwi affiliation with Ngati Tama and a strong association with the rural community of Taranaki. He has a good knowledge of local and national conservation issues. Kevin has served on the Board for three years and has been reappointed for a further term of three years.

 Brian Milham of Wanganui
Brian Milham is chairperson of the Whanganui Branch of Forest & Bird and very active on local as well as national conservation issues. Brian has served on the Board for one year and has been reappointed for a further term of three years.

Current members:
 John Bruce of Taihape (remaining term – two years)
 Huirangi Waikerepuru of New Plymouth (remaining term – two years)
 Barney Haami of Wanganui (remaining term – two years)
 Elise Smith of New Plymouth (remaining term – two years)
 Dave Digby of Stratford (remaining term – one year)
 Keith Chapple of Taumarunui (remaining term – one year)

Ms Lee thanked the outgoing members, Chairperson Peter Horsley, Diane Ratahi, and Maia Waitai (who resigned in May this year) for their energy and passion as members of the board.

Wanganui conservator Bill Carlin said the outgoing Conservation Board members had worked very hard, and their contributions would be missed. However, he said changes in board membership were essential to ensure others got a chance to have some input into the decision-making process on local conservation issues.

Mr Carlin said the new board had a good mixture of new blood as well as continuity from experienced members.

6 September 2001 Media Statement
Tongariro/Taupo Conservation Board appointments announced


Conservation Minister Sandra Lee today announced appointments to the Tongariro/Taupo Conservation Board, effective from the start of this month.

"Conservation Boards are independent bodies that give the Department of Conservation direct imput on local issues, " she said. "They play an important role in matching conservation policies with community needs and provide a way for local people to be part of conservation decisions affecting where they live.

"The government has set aside a record $226.35m to spend on conservation throughout New Zealand during the 2001/02 year," Ms Lee said. "Some of this funding will filter down to Conservancy project work and strategies which will be subject to local Conservation Board oversight."

“I am pleased to announce the new appointments are Ngarau Tarawa and James Wilson and that Richard Pirere has been re-appointed to the Board.

"I am confident this mix of appointed and re-appointed Board members and sitting members will provide strong and sound advice to DOC's Tongariro/Taupo Conservancy.

New members are:
 Ngarau Tarawa, Taumarunui, of Ngati Tuwharetoa and Ngapuhi descent. Mrs Tarawa has a strong background in marae administration, Maori land development, adult and community education, community initiatives, and policy and decision making. Mrs Tarawa has been appointed for a three year term, from 1 September 2001 to 31 August 2004.

 James Wilson, Rotorua, of Te Arawa, Tuwharetoa and Ngati Raukawa descent. Mr Wilson in currently the deputy chairman of the Tuwharetoa 2000 committee, chairman of the Waikato Claims committee, chairman of Te Papa i o Uru Marae, director of Pukeroa Oruawhata Holdings and trustee of a further six Maori trusts. Mr Wilson has been appointed for a three year term, from 1 September 2001 to 31 August 2004.

Reappointed member:
 Richard Pirere, Ohakune, of Ngati Rangi and Whanganui descent, currently a trustee of the Ngati Rangi Trust, Te Puke Marae and Tirorangi Marae, re-appointed for a three year term from 1 September 2001 to 31 August 2004.

These three members and the current members bring the Board's total to membership to 11.

Current members are:
 Peter Masters, Taupo, a local helicopter pilot with strong community links.
 Laurie Burdett, Taupo, a keen outdoor recreation participant with excellent facilitation and communication skills combined with strong community links.
 Trevor Hunt, Taupo, a scientist and keen outdoor recreation participant with experience in the RMA process.
 Murray McKee, Wellington, a keen outdoor recreation participant with excellent strategic, analytical, team and consensus building skills.
 John Nankervis, Wellington, lawyer and keen outdoor recreation participant with extensive conservation knowledge and links with iwi and other community groups.
 Warwick Silvester, Hamilton, Professor of Biological Sciences, keen outdoor recreation participant and wide botanical knowledge.
 Tumu Te Heuheu, Taupo, Paramount Chief, Ngati Tuwharetoa.
 Kathryn Uvhagen, Taupo, communication and social skills and a background of community involvement.


Ms Lee thanked the retiring members, June Baker and Arthur Smallman, for their energy and passion as members of the board.

6 September 2001 Media Statement
Waikato Conservation Board appointments announced


Conservation Minister Sandra Lee today announced appointments to the Waikato Conservation Board, effective from the start of this month.

"Conservation Boards are independent bodies that give the Department of Conservation direct imput on local issues, " she said. "They play an important role in matching conservation policies with community needs and provide a way for local people to be part of conservation decisions affecting where they live.

"The government has set aside a record $226.35m to spend on conservation throughout New Zealand during the 2001/02 year," Ms Lee said. "Some of this funding will filter down to Conservancy project work and strategies which will be subject to local Conservation Board oversight."

“I am pleased to announce a new appointment, John Charteris, and that Sandra Goodwin and Hori Awa have both been re-appointed for a second term to the three vacant positions on the board. Their appointments are for three years.

"I am confident this mix of appointed and re-appointed board members and sitting members will provide strong and sound advice to DOC's Waikato Conservancy.

New member:

 John Charteris of Taupiri is a retired school science advisor with specialist knowledge in fresh water ecology and marine education. John is on the executive of the Miranda Naturalist Trust, Education Outdoors NZ, North Waikato Tourism Inc and River Action Focus Team (RAFT), Hamilton.

Reappointed members:

 Sandra Goodwin of Okoroire is a dairy farmer and a trustee and judge for the Waikato Farm Environment Award Trust. Sandra has a strong involvement in several farming groups and the Auckland / Waikato Fish and Game Council. She is the Board’s current deputy chair.

 Hori Awa of Huntly represents the Maori Queen in accordance with the Waikato Raupatu Lands Settlement Act. Hori is chief executive officer for the Waahi Whaanui Trust and has strong Tainui affiliations.


These three members join six current members, bringing the total Board membership to nine.

Current members are:

 Alice Anderson, environmental planner of Paeroa is affiliated with Ngati Hako and Maniapoto. Her term expires in September 2002.
 Ross Bailey, retired educator of Whangamata is the current Board chair with vast outdoor recreation experience. Her term expires in September 2002.
 Beverley Clarkson is a plant ecologist in Hamilton specialising in wetland ecosystems. Her term expires in September 2003.
 Graeme Kilgour from Ngongotaha is a forestry student and has affiliations with Rereahu, Maniapoto, Apakura and Ngapuhi. His term expires in September 2003.
 Harold Maniapoto is an environmental consultant in Te Awamutu and has affiliations with Ngati Pare te Kawa and Maniapoto. His term expires in September 2003.
 Angela Pope is a lawyer in Otorohanga and has affiliations with Waikato, Maniapoto and Hauraki. Her term expires in September 2002.

Ms Lee thanked retiring member Megan Balks of Hamilton for her energy and passion as a member of the board for the past six years, three of those as chair.


6 September 2001 Media Statement
Wellington Conservation Board appointments announced


Conservation Minister Sandra Lee today announced appointments to the Wellington Conservation Board, effective from the start of this month.

"Conservation Boards are independent bodies that give the Department of Conservation direct imput on local issues, " she said. "They play an important role in matching conservation policies with community needs and provide a way for local people to be part of conservation decisions affecting where they live.

"The government has set aside a record $226.35m to spend on conservation throughout New Zealand during the 2001/02 year," Ms Lee said. "Some of this funding will filter down to Conservancy project work and strategies which will be subject to local Conservation Board oversight."

“I am pleased to announce that Te Akapikirangi (known also as 'Aka') Arthur, George Mikaera and Liz Burge have been re-appointed for a further three years.

"I am confident the mix of re-appointed board members and sitting members will continue to provide strong and sound advice to DOC's Wellington Conservancy.

Te Akapikirangi Arthur, of Porirua, has been on the board for three years. He affiliates to Ngati Toa iwi and has extensive links into the community and local government.

George Mikaera, of Masterton, has served five years on the board. He affiliates to Ngati Kahungunu iwi and has extensive knowledge on conservation issues in the Wairarapa.

Liz Burge, of Carteron, has served three years on the board. She has experience working with the Resource Management Act and local government processes and is connected to Rangitane o Wairarapa.

The Department of Conservation's Wellington Conservator Allan Ross welcomed the re-appointments:

“The Wellington Conservancy area includes the Wairarapa and the Kapiti Coast as far as the Manawatu River," he said.

"It is important to have board members drawn from all areas of the conservancy, and also important to have a mix of experience on the Board, so I am pleased to be able to draw on the talents of Aka, George and Liz for a further three years”.

The three join seven other Board members whose terms of appointment extend beyond this year.

The other members are Diane Anderson of Eketahuna, Peter Bygate, Mike Crozier and Mary O’Keefe of Wellington, Bill Carter of Paraparumu, Johanna Rosier of Otaki and Alan Wright who recently moved to Wanganui.


6 September 2001 Media Statement
West Coast Tai Poutini Conservation Board appointments announced


Conservation Minister Sandra Lee today announced appointments to the West Coast Tai Poutini Conservation Board, effective from the start of this month.

"Conservation Boards are independent bodies that give the Department of Conservation direct imput on local issues, " she said. "They play an important role in matching conservation policies with community needs and provide a way for local people to be part of conservation decisions affecting where they live.

"The government has set aside a record $226.35m to spend on conservation throughout New Zealand during the 2001/02 year," Ms Lee said. "Some of this funding will filter down to Conservancy project work and strategies which will be subject to local Conservation Board oversight."

“I am pleased to announce that Rod Buchanan, Sarah Evans and Terry Scott are new appointments, and that Alex Miller and Rob Brown have been reappointed.

"I am confident this mix of appointed and re-appointed board members and sitting members will provide strong and sound advice to DOC's West Coast Conservancy.

The new Conservation Board members are:
 Rod Buchanan, of Runanga, who is a member of the West Coast branch of the Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society and the West Coast Alpine Club. He has been appointed to the Board for three years
 Sarah Evans, of Greymouth, who has a scientific background in zoology and ecology, which will be very useful to the new Board. She has also been appointed to the Board for three years.
 Terry Scott, of Dunedin, who is the new Ngai Tahu nominee to the Board and is also the Chairperson of Te Runanga o Makaawhio. He has also been appointed to the Board for three years.

The two re-appointed members are:
 Rob Brown, of Christchurch, who brings considerable recreational experience to the Board. He has been reappointed for a further three-year term; and
 Alex Miller, of Franz Josef, who brings considerable conservation experience and a tourism perspective to the Board. He has also been reappointed for a further three-year term

These five members join the seven current members, bringing the total number of Board members to twelve.

Ms Lee thanked the retiring member Helen Rasmussen for her energy and passion as a member of the board.

She also confirmed the transfer of Harley McNabb of Karamea from the West Coast to the Nelson/Marlborough Conservation Board.

“Karamea is the southern gateway to the Kahurangi National Park which falls within the area of jurisdiction of the Nelson/Marlborough board” Ms Lee said. “I believe that it will useful to that board to hear the Karamea perspective and have the benefit of Mr McNabb’s knowledge of the West Coast part of the national park.”

The Department of Conservation's West Coast Conservator, Mike Slater, welcomed the new appointees to the West Coast Tai Poutini Conservation Board.

"I am looking forward to working with the incoming board members who will bring a wide range of skills and experience to the board," Mr Slater said.

Current members of the Board are:
 Kees van Beek of Kawhaka, who brings farming and community experience to the Board.
 Kevin Dash of Atarau, who brings a range of interests to the Board including cave and karst and historical interests.
 Kara Edwards of Greymouth, who is a Ngai Tahu nominee with resource management experience and knowledge of tikanga Maori.
 Peter Lusk of Westport, who is an environmentalist with a background in conservation issues.
 Andrew McCarthy of Greymouth, who brings a science and educational background to the Board.
 Gillian Williams of Greymouth, who brings community and tourism interests to the Board.
 Rick Barber of Greymouth, who brings recreation and conservation interests to the Board.

Background information:

Introduction
A conservation board provides for interaction between a community and the Department of Conservation. The Department manages almost one-third of New Zealand's land area - including national parks, reserves, forest parks and other protected areas - for the benefit of all New Zealanders.
Conservation boards are independent bodies, established by statute. Each board represents the community interest in the work of the Department, and conservation in general, within the area of jurisdiction of that board. They are advisers to the Department and the New Zealand Conservation Authority.
There are 14 conservation boards, each with a defined geographical area and up to 12 members.

What do Conservation Boards do?
The functions of boards are set out in Section 6M of the Conservation Act 1987 and in the National Parks, Reserves and Walkways Acts. The boards focus on planning and strategic direction, not the day-to-day operational details of the Department's work.
A major responsibility for each board is overseeing the Conservation Management Strategy for its region. A Conservation Management Strategy is a 10-year plan for managing and protecting the natural and historic features and wildlife of the region. Conservation Management Strategies are prepared by a board and the Department in consultation with local communities. Once a Conservation Management Strategy has been approved by the New Zealand Conservation Authority, boards advise on their implementation.

Other board work can include:
 developing and reviewing national park and other management plans for lands administered by the Department;
 advising on proposals for marine reserves;
 considering the impact of concessions for tourism and other activities on conservation land;
 looking at the range of recreational opportunities in the region;
 advising on proposals to change the protective status or classification of areas of national or international importance.

Who is on a conservation board?
Conservation boards consist of up to twelve members appointed mostly from public nominations. Members are appointed for the knowledge they have of nature conservation, natural earth and marine sciences, historic heritage, recreation, tourism, the local community and Maori perspectives. Before making appointments to the boards the Minister consults with the New Zealand Conservation Authority. The Minister of Maori Affairs is consulted for any appointment representing tangata whenua interests.
Boards are a multi-talented team of people from diverse backgrounds. For example, teachers, farmers, scientists, tangata whenua, trampers, historians and tourism operators.
Members are appointed as individuals because of their expertise, experience and links with the community.
Individuals do not act as delegates promoting any cause or organisation - rather, members work by consensus within a team. The diversity amongst members brings together a wide range of knowledge, skills and concerns.

What is expected of a board member?
An interest in conservation is the first requirement. Time and energy run a close second. Before you agree to be nominated to become a member you need to be fully aware of the demands and responsibilities of the role. Job satisfaction is greatest when all members are able to participate fully and work is shared.
If you can, talk to a former or present board member about the commitment required. Your nearest Department of Conservation office can put you in touch with a local member if you do not know one personally.
Most boards meet about six times a year, a few more often. Meetings take a full day. When they are linked with a field trip or inspection visit they can take two or even three days, sometimes over a weekend. There will also be committee meetings, time required for researching issues and working on reports or submissions, preparation time spent reading briefing material before meetings, and time for liaison and public consultation.

Do members get paid?
From 1 September 1998, board members have been paid a daily fee of $140 for meetings and other approved activities. The fee for a board chairperson has been $190 per day. Reasonable expenses for travel, accommodation and meals approved in advance by the board will be reimbursed.

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