Board changes at Waikato River Authority

 
Board changes at Waikato River Authority
JUNE 2020

                                                                                               NEWSLETTER

 Board changes at
                                                                                                MESSAGE FROM
 Waikato River Authority                                                                        THE CE
 THE WAIKATO RIVER AUTHORITY HAS A NEW LOOK BOARD FOLLOWING THE
                                                                                                THE AUTHORITY’S TEAM
 THREE-YEARLY REVIEW OF CROWN APPOINTMENTS.
                                                                                                HAS WORKED HARD OVER
                                                                                                THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN
 All five previous Crown appointees                   to the river. He has welcomed the new     TO SUPPORT OUR FUNDING
 have been replaced following decisions               board members to their roles.
                                                                                                RECIPIENTS AND ENSURE
 by Cabinet and the Minister for the                  In addition to the Crown appointments,
 Environment.                                                                                   COVID-19 HEALTH GUIDELINES
                                                      there is also change on the river iwi
 The new Crown appointees are: Paula                  side.                                     ARE WELL IMPLEMENTED.
 Southgate (Co-Chair); Jackie Colliar;                Waikato-Tainui will have a new            In a period of great uncertainty
 Erina Watene-Rawiri; Dylan Tahau and                 appointee following the resignation of
 Stu Kneebone (see more on back page).                                                          we have sought to provide
                                                      Rangi Mahuta, who was appointed to the
 They replace Hon John Luxton                         Authority at the end of 2018.             clarity and compassion
 (Co-chair); Traci Houpapa; Alan                      Waikato-Tainui is currently going         for those engaged in river
 Livingston; Peter Buckley and Barry                  through its replacement process and in    restoration mahi. This has
 Harris.                                              the meantime has nominated Patience       meant undisrupted payments
 Iwi Co-Chair Roger Pikia has paid tribute            Te Ao as an interim appointee.
                                                                                                and flexibility in how and when
 to the outgoing board members who he                 Raukawa and Maniapoto river iwi also
 says have shown strong commitment                                                              projects are completed. It is
                                                      have appointees pending.
                                                                                                vital that those engaged, and
                                                                                                those that wish to be, in river
                                                                                                restoration initiatives have no
                                                                                                ongoing COVID-19 barriers.
                                                                                                The Authority recognises it
                                                                                                has a key role in the economic
                                                                                                recovery for our catchment
                                                                                                communities and we will
                                                                                                be working in the coming
                                                                                                months to ensure this recovery
                                                                                                occurs concurrently with the
                                                                                                restoration of our waterways,
      Left to right: Stu Kneebone, Roger Pikia, Patience Te Ao, Dylan Tahau, Jackie Colliar,
      Bob Penter, Paula Southgate, Danny Loughlin, Erina Watene-Rawiri                          lakes and wetlands.

      For more information on the new Crown appointees please see back page

       Applications for funding
       Applications to the Waikato River Authority to fund projects for the health
       and wellbeing of the Waikato and Waipā River are now open.
       Up to $6 million is available. Applications close on Thursday 13 August,
       with funding decisions being announced in October.
       For more information about making an application visit
       www.waikatoriver.org.nz
Board changes at Waikato River Authority
BRIDGE FOR
  TAUPIRI MAUNGA
A project to improve access to the Taupiri Maunga with
a bridge across the Mangawhara River has been
completed with a blessing of the bridge.
The project has been led by the Waikato District Council
with close involvement from Waikato-Tainui.
The project received $250,000 from the Waikato
River Authority.
A blessing for the new bridge was carried out on
Saturday 30 May. The new bridge allows safer and
more appropriate access to Taupiri Maunga.

               Pictured: Tim Manukau (Waahi Paa) and Julian
               Williams (Waikato River Authority) at the new bridge
               crossing the Mangawhara River to Taupiri Maunga.

Waikeria Prison wins WRA                                                   award
                                                                      The Waikeria Prison Farm has come out the
                                                                      winner in this year’s catchment award for the
                                                                      Waikato section of Ballance Farm Environment
                                                                      Awards, sponsored by the Waikato River
                                                                      Authority.

                                                                      The farm has undergone significant
                                                                      environmental change in the past few years
                                                                      which has included significant riparian planting
                                                                      and wetland enhancement.

                                                                      The farm, which is owned by the Department
                                                                      of Corrections, is striving to become a self-
                                                                      sustaining dairy training farm that operates a
     Waikeria Prison Farm managers Bryan Frederick and Stu            class-leading once-a-day milking system. The
     Morgan took out the Waikato River Authority Catchment            farm is effectively a ‘closed’ operation that grows
     Award in the Waikato Ballance Farm Environment Awards.
                                                                      all its own feed.

                                                                      The farm trains about 30 prisoners daily, offering
                                                                      them recognised industry qualifications in
                                                                      a commercial-scale operation – enhancing
                                                                      employment opportunities on release.

                                                                      As well as a focus on the farm’s water quality,
                                                                      Waikeria Prison Farm managers Bryan Frederick
                                                                      and Stu Morgan have put a high priority on
                                                                      biosecurity with considerable work in the area of
                                                                      removal of pests, both plants and animals.
     See the Waikeria Prison Farm’s video of their Ballance
     Farm Environment Award entry on YouTube.com                      Covid-19 restrictions meant this year there was
                                                                      no Ballance Farm Environment Awards dinner.
Board changes at Waikato River Authority
MARCH 2020

                                                       Hearings
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    advocacy work in support of Te Ture Whaimana is also crucial
                                                                                                                                                              from
                                                   The Authority’s draft submissions                         successful applicants on their  As a stand
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                                                                                              with                                                                                                                                   Whaimana                         the advocacy
                                                  River Iwi as part of the annual review                                                                                                                            these meet                         , for those
                                                                                                            2011 Novotel Hamilton,                                                                                                   ings. Since                     who atten
                                                                                              of its                                   The 23Auth December                                                         AGMs have                            2015                        d
                                                  Funding Strategy and priorities.
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                                                  is incorporated in the final Funding                      2012 Novotel Hamilton,     shared with                               issions are                       successful                                ntations from
                                                                                                                                             8 November   River Iwi as                          further                            applicants
                                                                                           Strategy.                                  feedback                              an opportuni                                                             on   their
                                                 In addition, iwi are invited to comment                    2013 Novotel Hamilton, 23 October        before lodg                               ty for             The Authority                                   projects.
                                                                                                                                                                        ing.

    “We’ve always sought to balance our river clean-up funding
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    provides the direction for the future of the catchment. While
                                                                                            and                                                   All applicants
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                                                      The Authority’s leadership and advocacy                                   In order to                                                                                  akei Conferen
                                                                                                         for Te Ture Whaimana                    ensure an

    the Authority clearly plays a leadership role for the Vision &
                                                                                                                                        will continue
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                                                the Te Ture Whaimana remains the                                                                                                                                              Hamilton ,
                                                                                               primary direction setting document

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Te Ture Whaimana can be found on the front page of
                                                                                                                                                 for the                                                                                      11 December
                                                                                                                                                             catchment.

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Project                                                                                                                                                                                     SUPPORT FOR
completed                                                                                                                                                                                      RIVER RĀHUI
A MAJOR RIPARIAN PLANTING PROJECT
                                                                                                                                                                                             A rāhui on the Waikato River put in place by King
CARRIED OUT ON CHARLIE LEA’S FARM AT
                                                                                                                                                                                             Tūheitia during Covid-19 Level 3 was lifted when the
WHITEHALL NEAR CAMBRIDGE HAS BEEN                                                                                                                                                            country moved to Level 2 in the middle of May.
COMPLETED WITH WIDE COMMUNITY
                                                                                                                                                                                             The Waikato River Authority was in discussions with
ENGAGEMENT.
                                                                                                                                                                                             the King’s Office as the rāhui was established which
The project has involved planting and                                                                                                                                                        enabled restoration work on the river to continue.
fencing the Waiarumu Stream which
                                                                                                                                                                                             The rāhui was announced to help protect the wellbeing
ultimately feeds into the Waikato River
                                                                                                                                                                                             of the river and the people around it during the early
near Karapiro.
                                                                                                                                                                                             stages of COVID-19 crisis.
More than 120 people have been involved
                                                                                                                                                                                             Continuing restoration work was carried
in the project since it was funded by the
Waikato River Authority in 2016.                                                                                                                                                             out within the COVID-19 rules for
                                                                                                                                                                                             Level 3 restrictions.
Key facts for the project include:
•   Native planting – 5700 plants
•   Fencing completed – 6.4 kilometres
•   Community and planting days – 4 events
•   Land restored/enhanced – 20 hectares.
The project received $99,000 from the
Authority with another $65,000 of
co-funding provided.
The Lea’s farm was a Ballance Farm
Environment Award winner in 2017.
Board changes at Waikato River Authority
New Crown appointments
       for Waikato River Authority
      The Minister for the Environment                                         DYLAN TAHAU
                                                                               works in local government and
and Cabinet have appointed five new Crown                                      has expertise in governance,
                                                                               leadership, business planning
  members to the Waikato River Authority
                                                                               and organisational development.
      following the three-yearly review                                        He is currently the Head of
                                                                               Community, Culture and Heritage
               of appointments.
                                                                               at Taupō District Council. He
                                                        serves on the Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust Board, which
                                                        he previously chaired. Mr Tahau has close connections in
                                                        the region and strong knowledge of Te Ture Whaimana.
                      PAULA SOUTHGATE
                      (Co-Chair) is the Mayor of
                      Hamilton and has extensive
                                                                               ERINA WATENE-RAWIRI
                      governance, community and
                                                                               is a freshwater scientist with
                      environmental experience.
                                                                               a background in river and lake
                       She has a strong understanding                          restoration management,
                       of water issues in the region,                          resource management and
                       and co-chaired Healthy Rivers:                          environmental planning.
Wai Ora Plan Change. She is a former councillor
                                                                                She is an experienced science
and chair of the Waikato Regional Council. She is
                                                                                communicator and project
also a member of Local Government New Zealand’s
                                                        leader who works across policy, mātauranga Māori, and
governance leadership group on 3-Waters (policy
                                                        science. She has governance experience on government,
advisory/governance and strategy group).
                                                        marae, and not-for-profit boards. Ms Watene-Rawiri
                                                        grew up alongside the Waikato River and has whakapapa
                                                        connections to Waikato/Waipā Iwi. She has strong
                      JACKIE COLLIAR                    technical expertise in freshwater management which sit
                      is a technical expert with        alongside her community connections.
                      governance experience
                      and strong connections to
                      Waikato/Waipā River Iwi.                                 STU KNEEBONE
                        Her technical speciality is                            is a councillor on the Waikato
                        environmental engineering                              Regional Council and a local
                        and infrastructure and she                             farmer.
received a Young Leaders Award from the Institute                              He actively supports initiatives
of Management NZ in 2018 in recognition of her                                 that contribute towards
outstanding contribution to the community and her                              catchment health, water quality
profession. She has a range of governance experience                           and biodiversity enhancement.
and has experience working on projects which include    Mr Kneebone has experience across local government
mātauranga Māori.                                       and is committed to the local environment and working
                                                        with river iwi.
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