Chance to talk about future Tairawhiti

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Gisborne District Council is holding a series of stakeholder workshops to inform development of a 30-year aspirational plan, Tairawhiti 2050, for the region.

Director of transformation and relationships, Keita Kohere, says the “spatial plan” is a hugely exciting project.

“It’s the first time in a long time the region has had a meaningful discussion about future land use and the legacy we want to build for our mokopuna.

“We want to work with the community, stakeholders and tangata whenua to develop a shared vision for Tairawhiti, and the workshops will provide the first steps in community engagement,” Ms Kohere said.

“We all need to think about how we respond to the key challenges and opportunities facing Tairawhiti now and over the next 30 years, including climate change, biodiversity loss, changing technology and population growth.”

Robust challenges to discuss

The plan will provide part of the evidence base for the Tairawhiti Resource Management Plan review and help to identify investment and collaboration opportunities throughout the region.

The first two workshops were held this week, beginning with “resilient communities” on Tuesday evening.

The group was given the focus question, “How does Tairawhiti become more resilient to climate change and natural hazards?”

There was plenty of robust discussion about the challenges the region faces and the potential opportunities and solutions.

Some of the conversation was based around the need to live within limits and have an integrated and holistic view of impacts and effects.

There was a call for regional leadership and the use of evidence and risk-based decision-making and a discussion about how to incentivise behaviour change.

On Wednesday evening, a group met to consider the question, “How can we better protect what we value in Tairawhiti?”

There was a clear message the council approach needed to be catchment-based and community-led, and that council has an important leadership role.

There’s also huge potential to increase the district’s network of walking and cycling tracks and trails and celebrate heritage and diversity.

It’s not too late to register for one the remaining workshops:

■ Sustainable land use, Monday April 29.

■ Settlement patterns, Tuesday April 30.

■ Connected region, Wednesday May 1.

■ Thriving economy, Thursday May 2.

The council is also looking at ways to connect with rangatahi, hapu, landowners and all parts of the community.

“We’re available to come and meet with your group, organisation or school to discuss the future of Tairawhiti,” Ms Kohere said.

To find out more about the Tairawhiti 2050 plan, request a hui, or to give your feedback visit shapetairawhiti.nz or email shapetairawhiti@gdc.govt.nz.

Gisborne District Council is holding a series of stakeholder workshops to inform development of a 30-year aspirational plan, Tairawhiti 2050, for the region.

Director of transformation and relationships, Keita Kohere, says the “spatial plan” is a hugely exciting project.

“It’s the first time in a long time the region has had a meaningful discussion about future land use and the legacy we want to build for our mokopuna.

“We want to work with the community, stakeholders and tangata whenua to develop a shared vision for Tairawhiti, and the workshops will provide the first steps in community engagement,” Ms Kohere said.

“We all need to think about how we respond to the key challenges and opportunities facing Tairawhiti now and over the next 30 years, including climate change, biodiversity loss, changing technology and population growth.”

Robust challenges to discuss

The plan will provide part of the evidence base for the Tairawhiti Resource Management Plan review and help to identify investment and collaboration opportunities throughout the region.

The first two workshops were held this week, beginning with “resilient communities” on Tuesday evening.

The group was given the focus question, “How does Tairawhiti become more resilient to climate change and natural hazards?”

There was plenty of robust discussion about the challenges the region faces and the potential opportunities and solutions.

Some of the conversation was based around the need to live within limits and have an integrated and holistic view of impacts and effects.

There was a call for regional leadership and the use of evidence and risk-based decision-making and a discussion about how to incentivise behaviour change.

On Wednesday evening, a group met to consider the question, “How can we better protect what we value in Tairawhiti?”

There was a clear message the council approach needed to be catchment-based and community-led, and that council has an important leadership role.

There’s also huge potential to increase the district’s network of walking and cycling tracks and trails and celebrate heritage and diversity.

It’s not too late to register for one the remaining workshops:

■ Sustainable land use, Monday April 29.

■ Settlement patterns, Tuesday April 30.

■ Connected region, Wednesday May 1.

■ Thriving economy, Thursday May 2.

The council is also looking at ways to connect with rangatahi, hapu, landowners and all parts of the community.

“We’re available to come and meet with your group, organisation or school to discuss the future of Tairawhiti,” Ms Kohere said.

To find out more about the Tairawhiti 2050 plan, request a hui, or to give your feedback visit shapetairawhiti.nz or email shapetairawhiti@gdc.govt.nz.

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