New coun­cil GM Ma¯ori named


Gina Rangi has been ap­pointed as Ro­torua Lakes Coun­cil’s Kai­whaka­haere – Gen­eral Man­ager Ma¯ori.

Since 2015, she has been the di­rec­tor of the geo­ther­mal and en­ergy com­pany, MB Cen­tury, which pro­vides ser­vices to the elec­tric­ity in­dus­try. Rangi is also a trustee for the farm­ing and geo­ther­mal Trust, Tu¯aropaki. A trained lawyer, she has spe­cialised in work­ing with Ma¯ori com­mu­ni­ties on Treaty of Wai­tangi and Re­source man­age­ment mat­ters for the past 17 years.

Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive, Ge­off Wil­liams, said Rangi’s ap­point­ment her­alds a new and im­por­tant step in Coun­cil’s jour­ney to de­velop its bi­cul­tural ca­pa­bil­ity and work ef­fec­tively with Te Arawa.

‘‘It’s im­por­tant for Ro­torua’s fu­ture that this or­gan­i­sa­tion is ef­fec­tive in work­ing with iwi and takes Ma¯ori per­spec­tives into con­sid­er­a­tion. We started a process 18 months ago through the es­tab­lish­ment of the Te Arawa Part­ner­ship and this role is a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion with a fo­cus on trans­for­ma­tional change.

Coun­cil signed an agree­ment with Te Arawa in 2015 recog­nis­ing a joint com­mit­ment to work to­gether and en­able an iwi voice on Coun­cil busi­ness.

Ma¯ori make up nearly 40 per cent of the district’s pop­u­la­tion and Ro­torua con­trib­utes sig­nif­i­cantly to the Bay of Plenty Ma¯ori as­set base, which is worth $8.6 bil­lion.

‘‘The or­gan­i­sa­tion has made sig­nif­i­cant progress un­der the guid­ance of Nga¯ti Whakaue kau­matua, Monty Mor­ri­son,’’ Wil­liams said.

‘‘The Kai­whaka­haere – Gen­eral Man­ager Ma¯ori role shows a pro­gres­sion to in­te­grat­ing a Ma¯ori per­spec­tive in Coun­cil pol­icy de­vel­op­ment and plan­ning, and em­beds our com­mit­ment to work­ing with Te Arawa.’’

Mor­ri­son will con­tinue in his kaiti­aki Ma¯ori role and the new role will sup­port that.

Wil­liams said Rangi brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence to the new role.

‘‘Ms Rangi un­der­stands how to sup­port change through work­ing with di­verse stake­hold­ers such as iwi, Coun­cils and gov­ern­ment agen­cies. She will be a wel­come ad­di­tion to the Coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive and will in­ject a new and dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive,’’ he said.

Rangi said she was is ex­cited about her ap­point­ment.

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