Five councillors join council-iwi leadership body

Cranston, Akuhata-Brown, Fenn, Seymour and Wharehinga on new forum

Cranston, Akuhata-Brown, Fenn, Seymour and Wharehinga on new forum

FIVE Gisborne District Council councillors have joined mayor Meng Foon as establishing members of the Local Leadership Body (LLB), a new “governance forum’’ to operate between the council and iwi.

The five councillors are Andy Cranston, Meredith Akuhata-Brown, Karen Fenn, Pat Seymour and Josh Wharehinga. There were seven nominations for the five positions at this week’s Future Tairawhiti meeting, but Larry Foster and Rehette Stoltz withdrew.

Mr Wharehinga was voted on to the governance working party, joining Mr Foon, to provide oversight of the establishment process. Ms Akuhata-Brown also sought the position.

There was some debate over potential conflict of interest and the role of Ngati Porou. Mr Foon said such issues were not relevant. Councillors were voted or appointed to represent the council.

The LLB was a lawful leadership body with Turanga iwi, he said.

Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou had a working relationship with the council through the joint management agreement.

Turanga iwi are represented by six people from Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust, Tamanuhiri Tutu Poroporo Trust and and Te Aitanga a Mahaki Trust. The six iwi representatives were not yet known, said Mr Foon.

• The purpose of the LLB is described as contributing to the sustainable management of natural and physical resources, while recognising the traditional relationship of iwi to their ancestral lands, water, wahi tapu and other taonga.

FIVE Gisborne District Council councillors have joined mayor Meng Foon as establishing members of the Local Leadership Body (LLB), a new “governance forum’’ to operate between the council and iwi.

The five councillors are Andy Cranston, Meredith Akuhata-Brown, Karen Fenn, Pat Seymour and Josh Wharehinga. There were seven nominations for the five positions at this week’s Future Tairawhiti meeting, but Larry Foster and Rehette Stoltz withdrew.

Mr Wharehinga was voted on to the governance working party, joining Mr Foon, to provide oversight of the establishment process. Ms Akuhata-Brown also sought the position.

There was some debate over potential conflict of interest and the role of Ngati Porou. Mr Foon said such issues were not relevant. Councillors were voted or appointed to represent the council.

The LLB was a lawful leadership body with Turanga iwi, he said.

Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou had a working relationship with the council through the joint management agreement.

Turanga iwi are represented by six people from Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust, Tamanuhiri Tutu Poroporo Trust and and Te Aitanga a Mahaki Trust. The six iwi representatives were not yet known, said Mr Foon.

• The purpose of the LLB is described as contributing to the sustainable management of natural and physical resources, while recognising the traditional relationship of iwi to their ancestral lands, water, wahi tapu and other taonga.

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