The committee represents iwi and local community interests and provides advice about the management of the Aotea Conservation Park.

The Aotea Conservation Park was established in April 2015, covering 12,282 ha on Aotea/Great Barrier Island, which is approximately 43% of the island. The conservation park is a significant feature of the island and provides a range of cultural, recreation, economic and other opportunities for tangata whenua and the island community.

Tangata whenua and the island community are closely connected to the land within the conservation park and have a strong interest in how the park is managed. They supported creation of the park provided that they were able to influence its management through an advisory committee.

The Aotea Conservation Park Advisory Committee comprises a group of ten representatives from iwi and the Aotea/Great Barrier Island community.

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The Minister of Conservation made appointments to the third Aotea Conservation Park Advisory Committee for a three-year term commencing July 2022.

Current members are:

  • Mr Kenneth Fortzer
  • Ms Nicola Macdonald
  • Ms Hope Munro
  • Mr Michael Ngatai
  • Mr Lewis Opo Ngawaka
  • Ms Joanne O’Reilly
  • Mr Donald Prince
  • Ms Marilyn Stephens
  • Ms Valmaine Toki
  • Mr Jason Wii

Terms of reference

The Minister of Conservation has approved the terms of reference and procedures for the advisory committee in 2015. These set out the purpose and functions of the advisory committee, and key requirements for how it will operate.

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