Ngāi Tahu supports Commissioner governance of ECan

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere Mark Solomon says the iwi supports the Government’s decision that Commissioners continue their governance of Environment Canterbury.

His statement follows an announcement this morning by the Minister of Local Government, David Carter, and Minister for the Environment, Amy Adams.

“ECan has a significant role in issues of importance to Ngāi Tahu and to the overall environmental health of Canterbury’s land and water based economy,” Mark Solomon says.

“In our view the commissioners have done a good job to date in addressing some very challenging issues. Iwi and community participation in the Canterbury Water Management Strategy forums has been a very worthwhile exercise.”

While the issues ECan are dealing with are complex, Mark Solomon says Ngāi Tahu has been encouraged by on-going goodwill in these forums and the possibility of creating “win-win” outcomes.

“In the interests of the region’s recovery, Ngāi Tahu will continue to work constructively with the Commissioners, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority and Canterbury mayors.”