Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Maori leader new head of biodiversity trust board

31 July 2000 Media Statement
Maori leader new head of trust board charged with protecting biodiversity on private land

The Right Reverend Sir Paul Reeves has been appointed the new Chairperson of the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust Board which supports the protection of our unique animal and plant species—our biodiversity—on private land.

Conservation Minister Sandra Lee has marked the first day of Conservation Week 2000 today with the announcement of Sir Paul's appointment as Chaiperson, which takes effect from tomorrow (Tuesday 1 August) for three years. Sir Paul is already on the Trust Board having served one term as a member.

"I am delighted that Sir Paul has accepted this key position at a time when the Government has underlined its commitment to protecting biodiversity on private land with the allocation of an extra $37m over the next five years," said Ms Lee.

"Although he is best known for being a former Governor-General and former Anglican Archbishop of New Zealand, Sir Paul is a keen conservationist who is widely respected, particularly by Maori and the rural community," she said. "I'm sure he will make an outstanding contribution as Chairperson of the Trust."

The Queen Elizabeth II National Trust's principal role is to protect conservation and landscape resources on private land by negotiating open space covenants with private landowners. The additional $37m is part of a total $187m extra funding allocated in the 2000-2001 Budget to implement the New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy. Part of the funding will allow the QE II National Trust to respond to more offers to covenant high priority areas on private land. It will also restore to previous levels the funding of two other schemes—the Nature Heritage Fund and Nga Whenua Rahui—replacing funds used for the purchase of cutting rights at Waitutu and Lord's River in Southland.

The Conservation Minister also announced today that Commander Dick Ryan of Kerikeri had been appointed to the Trust Board, also for a three-year term. The remaining members are Patricia Seymour, Geoff Walls and Bill Garland.

Ms Lee also paid tribute to the former Chairperson, Maggie Bayfield—who stood down after holding the position for nine years—and retiring Trust Board member Dr Peter Espie. "Both provided valuable contributions to the Trust, and they have helped to ensure its continued success," she said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Epic Fails Of Kris Faafoi

Ever since Winston Peters first breathed life into this government in 2018, its own branding has been all about social justice and how we all need to be “kind” to each other. Somehow, Kris Faafoi must have missed the memo. His performance in the immigration portfolio (in particular) has neither been kind nor just, especially to the migrants whose skills New Zealand will need to get us through Covid, and grow the economy into the future... More>>

Covid-19 & Government: Government Green Lights Rapid Antigen Testing

Some of the country’s largest businesses have put in an order for 300,000 approved rapid antigen tests for their workforce, after working at pace with the Government on a new scheme unveiled by Associate Minister of Health and Research, Science and Innovation Ayesha Verrall... More>>



Government: Opportunity To Shape NZ’s First Emissions Reduction Plan
The Government is inviting New Zealanders to inform the country’s first Emissions Reduction Plan with the release of a consultation document containing a range of policy ideas to decrease the country’s emissions, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced today... More>>


Government: Books Show Resilient And Strong Economy
The end of year audited Crown accounts released today show the Government’s health led approach to the COVID-19 pandemic has protected New Zealand’s economy. “On almost every indicator the accounts show that the New Zealand economy has performed better than forecast... More>>

Healthcare: Health System Is Ready For Assisted-dying Law
The health system is ready for the implementation of the End of Life Choice Act when it takes effect next month, making assisted dying legal in New Zealand, Health Minister Andrew Little said today... More>>


Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>

Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>

Children's Commissioner: Call For Mandatory Vaccination Of Children’s Workforce
The Children’s Commissioner and Assistant Māori Commissioner are calling for a plan for the mandatory vaccination of teachers and the entire children’s workforce in New Zealand... More>>




InfoPages News Channels