Board changes at Waikato River Authority
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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
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.
MARCH 2020 Hearings upholding the mana of Te Ture Whaimana, Under its founding legislation, Waikato River Iwi, Ministry for the the Authority has the ability to appoint Environment and the Authority hearing commissioners where Resource have agreed an annual work programme to implement Highlighting Advocacy Management Act consent applications co-designed projects, processes being and policy. heard are relevant to Te Ture Whaimana. This collaborative work programme Hea rings 22 commissioners have been appointed will for improve collaboration between Under its founding key partners upholding hearings by the Authority (after Authority legislation, consultation to achieve the overarching purposes has the abilit the the mana with iwi) and there have also been of the Waikato River of Te Ture 22 hearing Waikato and Waipā river settlements. hear ing comm y to appoint Iwi, Ministry Whaimana , panel chairs co-appointed in discussion Manageme issioners wher e Resource Environme nt and the for the MA RCH 202 the Waikato Regional Council. 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In the past ing collaboration applications. ps and colla and Authority co-chair Roger Pikia says while the funding carried to ensure that iwi views and priorities as part of borative appr included hui/w two years are the fund selec oaches, orkshops this has properly considered.” – OAG Report AGMs in our view tion proce Kaitiaki Foru with TARIT 2019. have a posit ss will, m, Maniapot , Raukawa term relat ive effec t on staff, a joint o Māor i Trust The Waikato River’s Annual ionsh ips between long- Facebook Board As a standard procedure, the Authority are an important platform stakeGeneral Meetings holders. Techn iwi and other Tainui throu gh Waikato live video with Waik ato out by the WRA is becoming well known, the leadership and indic for outlining theical expertise Waikato Tainu Tainui Faceb contacts iwi when a policy matter work of the Authority, including ates deliberate sought i Taiao Foru ook page, emerges relevant to Te Ture Whaimana to for Te Ture Whaimana, for to ensure the advocacy that iwi view planning and collaboration marae repre sentatives m and liaiso n with share those who attend applicatio around their thoughts. these meetings. Since 2015 prop erly considered s and prior ities are ns. funding the Authority .” – OAG AGMs have included presentations Repo rt 2019. AGMs advocacy work in support of Te Ture Whaimana is also crucial from The Authority’s draft submissions successful applicants on their As a stand ard procedure, projects. The Waikato River are further contacts iwi the Authority shared with River Iwi as an opportunity The Authority has held the AGM when a polic are an impo ’s Annual General Meet feedback before lodging. for relevantin different to Te Ture y matter emer rtant platf orm for outli ings parts of the catchment to highlight ges work of the thoughts. its workWhai in mana to share Authority ning the to the long-term future of the Waikato River and Wāipa River. The Authority communicates directly these different areas. for Te Ture , including 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. Iwi feedback ority ’s draft subm included prese the Authority 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 on The Authority has held the any restoration projects being funded 2014 Wairakei Conference parts of the AGM in diffe in their communica catchment rent River IwiCentre, as part of 13 November tes direc tly these diffe to highlight respective areas prior to the final the with rent its work funding 2015 Counties Racing FundClub, annual revie areas . in decisions. All applicants are required ing Strat 26 November egy and prior w of its to 2016 Otorohanga Club, is incorpora ities. Iwi feed 2011 Novo consult with iwi. 23 November ted in the back tel Hamilton function alongside ensuring that the Vision & Strategy final Fund 2012 Novo , 23 December 2017 Wairakei ConferenceIn addit ion, ing Strategy. tel Hamilton Te Hononga o ngaa Wai iwi are invit Centre, any restoratio 1 December ed to comm 2013 Novo , 8 November 2018 Wintec Hamilton, 1 November n projects ent on tel Hamilton In order to ensure an integrated respective being fund , 23 October and areas prior ed in their 2014 Wair co-ordinated approach to supporting 2019 KPMG Hamilton, decis11ions. to the final akei Conf December funding erence Cent provides the direction for the future of the catchment. While and All applicants consult with are required 2015 Coun re, 13 Nove iwi. to ties Racin mber g Club, 26 2016 Otor November Te Honong ohanga Club Details of the work carried out in support of the a o ngaa Wai 2017 Wair , 23 November 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 co-ordina for integthe rated 2018 Wint ce Centre, foreseeable future. The Authority 1 December understands it must be pro-active ted approach to supp and ec Hamilton , 1 and vigilant to ensure orting and 2019 KPMG Nove mber 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. Strategy, just as others contribute financially to the clean-up The Authority ’s leadersh foreseeable ip and advo future. The cacy for Te Ture Whaiman the Authority website at www.waikatoriver.org.nz the Te Ture Authority Whaimana understan a will cont ds it must inue for the remains the be pro-activ of the catchment, our view is that Te Ture Whaimana is also primary direc e and vigil tion setting ant to ensu document re for the catc hment. embraced by others,” says Mr Pikia. 21 Rostrevor Street, P O Box 9338, Hamilton | p. +64 7 839 7966 | e. email@example.com .nz www.waikatoriver.org.nz 21 Rostrevo r Street, P O Box 9338 , Hamilton | p. +64 7 839 7966 | e. ww w.waika enquiries @waikatoriver toriver.org .org.nz .nz 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.
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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