gain voting rights on civil defence decisions
Three Taranaki iwi representatives will be invited for the first time to participate in regional civil defence management meetings from 2021 onwards.
The decision, after a long debate at the Taranaki Regional Council (TRC) civil defence emergency management (CDEM) joint committee meeting on Thursday, was heralded as a “forward thinking” move, which would be looked on with interest by the rest of New Zealand.
The committee, chaired by regional councillor Tom Cloke, included the mayors and chief executives from the three district councils and Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management regional manager Craig Campbell-Smart.
The iwi members will be chosen to represent each of the three waka confederations, Aotea, Tokomaru and Kurahaupō, linked to the region’s eight iwi.