New conservation board members

CONSERVATION CONVERSATIONS: New East Coast Hawke’s Bay Te Tairawhiti ki Te Matau-a-Maui Conservation Board members Sam Gibson (left) and Rapihana Te Kaha Hawaikirangi join chairperson Penny Shaw and board members Jo Blakeley and Lucy Meagher Board during their July meeting. They are pictured at Morere Springs Scenic Reserve where they discussed pest trapping efforts. Picture supplied

THE REGION’s conservation board has welcomed two new members with a view to enhancing understanding and relationships with mana whenua.

Sam Gibson from Gisborne and Rapihana Te Kaha Hawaikirangi from Hawke’s Bay have joined the East Coast Hawke’s Bay Te Tairawhiti ki Te Matau-a-Maui Conservation Board (ECHBCB).

Mr Gibson is a technical advisor for self-resetting trap company Goodnature, and has a strong background working in education and with iwi.

Mr Hawaikirangi comes from an environmental background, and works with the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council alongside mana whenua.

The ECHBCB is appointed by the Minister of Conservation.

It has a Department of Conservation (DoC) advisory and community-liaison role within its geographic boundaries and its members meet four times a year.

During the board’s July meeting, members discussed the Ngati Porou conservation management strategy (CMS) Nga Whakahaere Takirua with Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou chief executive Herewini Te Koha and deputy chair Rei Kohere.

The Ngati Porou Claims Settlement Act 2012 provided for the return or vesting of several sites in the Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou Settlement Trust, provision of management services for five of the sites and a conservation protocol to facilitate good working relationships between Ngati Porou and DoC on matters of mutual importance.

Nga Whakahaere Takirua will form part of the East Coast Hawke’s Bay CMS, and will be co-authored by DoC and trustees of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou Trust Ltd.

The CMS and NWT will be ready for public notification in June 2018.

“The meeting was an opportunity for both boards to discuss the process and investigate moving forward together,” ECHBCB chairperson Penny Shaw said.

The board also discussed support for the redevelopment of Cook’s Landing National Historic Reserve, as part of the Navigations Project.

The final stop for the board was visiting Morere Scenic Reserve, to be updated on recent improvements in walkways and see firsthand the recently-established trap network, which aims to control rats and stoats for the return of birdlife.

THE REGION’s conservation board has welcomed two new members with a view to enhancing understanding and relationships with mana whenua.

Sam Gibson from Gisborne and Rapihana Te Kaha Hawaikirangi from Hawke’s Bay have joined the East Coast Hawke’s Bay Te Tairawhiti ki Te Matau-a-Maui Conservation Board (ECHBCB).

Mr Gibson is a technical advisor for self-resetting trap company Goodnature, and has a strong background working in education and with iwi.

Mr Hawaikirangi comes from an environmental background, and works with the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council alongside mana whenua.

The ECHBCB is appointed by the Minister of Conservation.

It has a Department of Conservation (DoC) advisory and community-liaison role within its geographic boundaries and its members meet four times a year.

During the board’s July meeting, members discussed the Ngati Porou conservation management strategy (CMS) Nga Whakahaere Takirua with Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou chief executive Herewini Te Koha and deputy chair Rei Kohere.

The Ngati Porou Claims Settlement Act 2012 provided for the return or vesting of several sites in the Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou Settlement Trust, provision of management services for five of the sites and a conservation protocol to facilitate good working relationships between Ngati Porou and DoC on matters of mutual importance.

Nga Whakahaere Takirua will form part of the East Coast Hawke’s Bay CMS, and will be co-authored by DoC and trustees of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou Trust Ltd.

The CMS and NWT will be ready for public notification in June 2018.

“The meeting was an opportunity for both boards to discuss the process and investigate moving forward together,” ECHBCB chairperson Penny Shaw said.

The board also discussed support for the redevelopment of Cook’s Landing National Historic Reserve, as part of the Navigations Project.

The final stop for the board was visiting Morere Scenic Reserve, to be updated on recent improvements in walkways and see firsthand the recently-established trap network, which aims to control rats and stoats for the return of birdlife.

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