From the Strategy, Policy & Finance hui


10 August 2017


Support for forest co-governance

Councillors have voted to support a proposal for new co-governance arrangements for Rotorua’s Tokorangi Forest to establish a shared vision and explore future recreational and economic opportunities.

The forest includes the area known as the Redwoods and is owned by CNI Iwi Holdings with Rotorua Lakes Council the licensee.

A 2008 Treaty of Waitangi settlement with the CNI Iwi Collective provided for further discussions over management arrangements for Tokorangi, including exploring cultural and commercial opportunities, members of Council’s Strategy, Policy and Finance Committee heard today [Thursday 10 August].

The committee voted to recommend to the full Council that an initial co-governance arrangement with CNI Iwi Holdings over Tokorangi Forest be established. It’s proposed an advisory board be established in the first instance to work on a shared vision and a management framework.

The committee’s recommendation will go to the full Council later this month.

Go to p19 of today’s AGENDA to view the full report on this matter.


Electoral systems for 2019 and 2022 debated

Following a report and debate, the committee voted to recommend that the full Council adopt First Past the Post voting for the 2019 and 2022 local elections and the random option for candidates names on voting papers.

The recommendation will be considered by the full Council later this month.

Go to p12 of today’s AGENDA to view the full report on this matter.


Alternate civil defence controllers endorsed

The committee endorsed Bruce Horne and Marcus Goldsbury as nominations for appointment as alternate Rotorua civil defence controllers.

Council’s General Manager Infrastructure, Stavros Michael, is the Primary Controller for Rotorua but explained to the committee that alternates are needed to provide 24/7 coverage during civil defence emergencies.

The endorsed nominations will now go to the full Council for its consideration.

Mr Michael told the committee the two nominees, both currently council staff, were selected as they had the appropriate skills for the role.

Council endorsement of nominations for this role is required prior to agreement by the council chief executive and acceptance of nomination by the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Group Controller.

Go to p25 of today’s AGENDA to view the full report on this matter.


Today’s meeting was livestreamed. Go to THIS LINK to access the recording.

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