Date: 23 December 2010
Minister of Conservation Hon Kate Wilkinson today announced the appointments to the Northland Conservation Board.
“I am pleased to reappoint Helene Leaf of Rawene to the Northland Conservation Board. Mrs Leaf has 30 years community development experience, focussed on protecting and enhancing the environment”. Her outdoor interests are seafood gathering, tramping and walking.
“I am also pleased to appoint Hori Parata of Whangarei, Peter O’Hara of Mangawhai, Richard Robbins of Mangonui and Robert Willoughby of Russell”.
Mr Parata is a strong advocate for tino rangatiratanga. He is an environmental consultant and doctoral student with a working history in resource management for the Ngatiwai Trust Board. His outdoor interests are fishing and shell fish gathering.
Mr O’Hara brings strong leadership and communication skills. He is a journalist with extensive knowledge of the New Zealand issues. His outdoor interests are fishing and boating.
Mr Robbins is a representative from the Far North region. His experience is in resource management for land and marine areas. Mr Robins interests in ornithology, tramping and remote field research.
Mr Willoughby brings understanding of cultural differences and interests in conservation. He has been involved in Te Rawhiti community development since 2002.
The Minister thanked outgoing members Ian Faulkner, John Kenderdine, Waitai Petera and Maria Tau for their significant contribution to the Northland Conservation Board.
Northland Conservation Board