22 June 2017
New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) and iwi leadership have created Te Huinga Taumatua Committee to bring the expertise of iwi leaders to the Council’s decision-making process.
“This is a pleasing step forward and is about iwi leaders having a seat at the governance table,” says Mayor Neil Holdom.
Te Huinga Taumatua Committee will consist of five iwi leaders and five elected Councillors to identify and discuss issues of cultural, economic, environmental and social importance to Maori in the district. Unlike the former Iwi Relationship Subcommittee, Te Huinga Taumatua will generate items for the Council to consider as well as make recommendations on Council issues.
“The committee consists of iwi leaders with strong mana and governance experience. It will focus on issues of importance to Maori and provide strategic guidance to NPDC,” says Cr Gordon Brown.
“It’s a pleasing step forward in our partnership and we’re looking forward to the future of this governance committee,” says Cr Marie Pearce.
The committee consists of:
- Mayor Neil Holdom.
- Councillor Gordon Brown.
- Councillor Richard Handley.
- Councillor Stacey Hitchcock.
- Councillor Marie Pearce.
- Larry Crow (Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Tama Trust).
- Leanne Horo (Te Kāhui o Taranaki Trust).
- Glenn Peri (Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Maru Trust).
- Liana Poutu (Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust).
- Colleen Tuuta (Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Mutunga).
The committee’s name has two parts: Te Huinga, which has a dual meaning for a gathering of people and a gathering of leaders, and Taumatua, a place where birds gather high in the trees.
The committee will meet every five weeks starting 17 August, pending Councillors’ confirmation of its terms of reference at their next meeting on 26 June.
It will also help NPDC meet its statutory obligations relating to the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi under the Local Government Act 2002.
The committee’s full terms and references are online at newplymouthnz.com in the 26 June Council Meeting agenda.