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

 

Whaitua Committee elects Co-chairs for water work

Te Whanganui-a-Tara Whaitua Committee has elected two ‘Co-chairs’ to reflect the Committee’s commitment to taking a partnership approach with Mana Whenua.

Co-chair Kara Puketapu-Dentice describes this as “an important step forward that acknowledges not only the connection Mana Whenua have to their waterways but also the responsibility we have to ensuring the mana and mauri of the waters is upheld and enhanced for future generations”.

The Co-chairs represent a new wave of leadership as they bring with them youth, diversity, strong networks, significant experience on boards and leading environmental and community initiatives. Their experience and facilitation will be invaluable in launching the Whaitua process forward and ensuring positive outcomes for Wellington’s freshwater bodies.

Co-chair Louise Askin is pleased that the Greater Wellington Regional Council has chosen to take a community-led approach in forming the Whaitua Committee.

“This is our community’s chance to feed into the design of water management in Wellington – something which will impact us all in years to come. We want to hear from individuals, groups, businesses, families, rural landowners and our wider community.”

The primary job of the Whaitua Committee is to develop a Whaitua Implementation Programme – in collaboration with the community. A WIP describes the ways in which people, groups, institutions and government interact with, and manage, their waterways. The word ’whaitua’ means ‘catchment’ or a group of catchments in the Wellington and Hutt Valley region that run from the mountains to the sea.

The WIP will contain recommendations for statutory requirements that will feed into the regional plan and non-statutory requirements for implementation by the Regional Council and others.

Over the next two years, the committee will work with a range of stakeholder organisations, Mana Whenua and communities living in the Hutt Valley, Wainuiomata, Wellington City, and the city’s suburbs and rural areas.

This will help them identify what is needed to support better stewardship of water within their communities and catchments. The Committee will then recommend how Wellington can manage water quality and availability better - in order to meet or exceed ‘bottom lines’ for water quality set out in the Government’s National Policy Statement for Freshwater.

The Whaitua Committee is made up of local community members, Mana Whenua representatives, and representatives from each of the councils in the whaitua.

Both Kara and Louise are committed to leading the Committee through to completion in late 2020 and intend to create a process that brings communities and Councils together in service to our waters and future generations.


More information:

Whaitua committees are groups of local people tasked with recommending ways to maintain and improve the quality of our fresh water. Whaitua is the Māori word for space or catchment. The Wellington Region has been split into five whaitua with a committee in each making decisions on the future of land and water management in that whaitua.

The following whaitua committees have been established:

• Ruamāhanga Whaitua – established December 2013

• Te Awarua-o-Porirua Whaitua - established December 2014

• Te Whanganui-a-Tara - established November 2018


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Madrid Climate Talks: Decade Ending 2019 Likely To Be Hottest On Record

Exceptional global heat driven by greenhouse gas emissions mean this decade will most likely go down as the warmest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization...

The agency also finds that 2019 is on track to be the second or third warmest year in history, with the global average temperature during January through October, roughly 1.1 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial era.

“If we do not take urgent climate action now, then we are heading for a temperature increase of more than 3°C by the end of the century, with ever more harmful impacts on human wellbeing.” More>>

 

NZ First Conflicts Of Interest: New Details Around Timeline

New information has emerged showing it was the New Zealand First chief of staff who identified potential conflicts of interest between a forestry company and two senior government ministers, sparking a series of declarations. More>>

Earlier:

Donations:

Five New Cancer Meds In Six Months: Pharmac Funds More Cancer Medicines, Faster Assessment

PHARMAC has confirmed that two new medicines – olaparib for ovarian cancer and fulvestrant for breast cancer – have been approved for funding... Rituximab and bortezomib, which are already funded, have also been approved for widened access following successful commercial proposals from new suppliers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Stoking Fears About Cannabis Law Reform

It was always going to be hard to have a rational debate on cannabis reform. Far easier for politicians to win votes by stoking alarm... More>>

ALSO:

Tūhoronuku Mandate Recognition Ends: "New Opportunity" For Ngāpuhi Treaty Negotiations

The Crown is providing an opportunity for the hapu of Ngāpuhi to rebuild its framework from the ground up for collective negotiations to deal with its historical Treaty claims... More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Next Phase Of Recovery Underway

“Fresh air will be pumped into the Pike River Mine drift this week, following acceptance of the plan for re-entry beyond the 170m barrier by New Zealand’s independent health and safety regulator WorkSafe." More>>

ALSO:

Peters Stoic: Russia On Afghan Firing Range Deaths

The foreign minister won't be calling in the Russian ambassador concerning comments made about New Zealand soldiers in Afghanistan. In a media briefing late last month, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said New Zealand must investigate crimes against civilians. More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Call: Online Crisis Response Workshop In Wellington

Governments and tech companies are holding a two-day workshop, hosted by YouTube/Google in Wellington, to test the Christchurch Call Shared Crisis Response Protocol. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels