Ngāi Tahu welcomes appointment of ECan commissioner

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has welcomed the appointment of Elizabeth Cunningham as Commissioner at Environment Canterbury (ECan).

She has been appointed by the Minister for the Environment and the Minister for Local Government to replace Donald Couch who resigned as commissioner earlier this year.

Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Tā Mark Solomon, says Elizabeth Cunningham has the full support of Te Rūnanga. “Elizabeth is a highly experienced community and iwi leader and will bring exceptional skills and knowledge to her role.”

“We are fortunate that in addition to her experience serving Ngāi Tahu as a leader, Elizabeth will bring to the role a great deal of wisdom gained during the period 2004 to 2007 when she served ECan as an elected member.”

He says Elizabeth’s vast local government experience, including periods serving on the Canterbury District Health Board and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority National Earthquake Memorial Steering Group would also be of benefit.

“I have had the pleasure of serving the community with Elizabeth and she always brings level judgement and remarkable knowledge of our region to the governance table. Her perspective is grounded and enriched by her knowledge of tikanga and whakapapa.”

Ms Cunningham will join current commissioners Dame Margaret Bazley (Chair), David Caygill (Deputy Chair), Tom Lambie, Rex Williams, David Bedford and Peter Skelton.

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For more information please contact Leanne Scott on 021 272 1170 or email [email protected]