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.