Te Upoko Taiao - Natural Resources Plan Committee
Greater Wellington Regional Council launched Te Upoko Taiao - Natural Resources Plan Committee in October 2009. This committee was set up to promote the sustainable management of the region’s natural and physical resources, particularly their use, development and protection. It oversees the Council’s regulatory responsibilities in relation to resource management, including the review and development of regional plans.
The Committee comprises six elected Greater Wellington Regional councillors and six appointed members from the region's mana whenua.
The Local Government Act 2002 includes several provisions that require councils to take account of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) by maintaining and improving opportunities for Maori to contribute to local government decision making. Most regional, city and district councils have some kind of formal mechanism for involving local iwi.
Greater Wellington Regional Council already has a Memorandum of Partnership signed by the six iwi in the region and has an active relationship with these iwi. Each iwi has a different rohe and each was invited to nominate somebody with the skills that the committee requires.
Although the Maori members will be nominated by the region’s “mana whenua” iwi, like the six elected councillor members, their role is to ensure that the new regional plan provides for the region as whole.
Greater Wellington Regional Council membership
Cr Jenny Brash – Co-Chair
Cr Ros Connelly
Cr Penny Gaylor
Cr David Lee
Cr Thomas Nash
Cr Adrienne Staples
Bill Carter – Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust
Hikitia Ropata – Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira Inc
TBA – Ngā Hapū ō Ōtaki
TBA – Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Charitable Trust
TBA – Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust
TBA – Rangitāne ō Wairarapa Inc
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