Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson today announced the appointment of Mita Harris, Tracey Andrews-Smith and Judi Gilbert to the Northland Conservation Board.

Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson today announced the appointment of two new members to the Northland Conservation Board, Mita Harris from the Bay of Islands and Tracey Andrews-Smith from Kaitaia, and the reappointment of current member Judi Gilbert, Whangarei.

All three members join the ten-member board for a three-year term.

“The addition of Mita Harris and Tracey Andrews-Smith provides additional Iwi connection and networking opportunities to the board and continuity through the reappointment of Judi Gilbert,” the Minister said. “Ensuring boards represent our geographic communities and communities of interest well, is essential to them providing sound advice to the Department of Conservation’s policy and overall direction.”

“Conservation boards play a key role in developing and monitoring conservation management strategies, each Conservancy’s 10-year blueprint for managing public conservation land.”

Northland Conservator, Chris Jenkins, said he looked forward to working with the board and welcomed the appointment of Mita Harris (a previous employee of DOC in Kerikeri) and Tracey Andrews-Smith, together with the reappointment of Judi Gilbert. “The Northland Conservation Board now has strong representation and the ability to pick up and run with the major issues facing the board and Northland, in particular the review of the Conservation Management Strategy”, he said.
The Minister thanked retiring member Kevin Evans who has served 11 years on the board – 4 of these as Chair. Kevin’s contribution has been significant and he has provided sound continuity and leadership during his term and leaves the board in good heart for the future. She also thanked outgoing member Ken Ross for his contribution, particularly in relation to water quality and riparian catchment restoration, during his four years with the board.

New members – appointed for a three-year term:

  • Mita Harris, Bay of Islands
  • Tracey Andrews-Smith, Kaitaia

Other members of the 10-member board:

  • Judi Gilbert, Whangarei
  • William Goodfellow, Bay of Islands
  • Helene Leaf, Hokianga
  • Ian McGill, Bay of Islands
  • Peter O’Hara, Mangawhai
  • Hori Parata, Whangarei
  • Richard Robbins, Kaitaia
  • Robert Willoughby, Russell
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