Date: 02 October 2012
Aaron Taikato has been appointed Pou Tairangahau (Strategic Iwi Relations Manager) for the Northland Conservancy of the Department of Conservation (DOC).
The Pou Tairangahau is a new position created as part of DOC’s new model of operating, with a primary purpose of leading engagement with iwi, whanau and hapu to grow conservation.
“The ability of the DOC to build and support relationships with tangata whenua to achieve conservation outcomes for the natural and historic heritage of New Zealand is essential. This role will enable DOC and iwi to work together even more than we already do. Aaron brings a depth of experience, knowledge and understanding to this role including both private and public sectors," said Chris Jenkins, Northland Conservator.
Originally from the Bay of Plenty, Aaron has a strong army background, having served in excess of 20 years, including an iwi liaison role helping to develop their Ngati Tumatauenga programme. Since leaving the army Aaron moved to be with his wife's whanau near Motatau where he is involved in running an outdoor tourism business.
Commenting on his new role, Aaron said: "This is an exciting time for the Department of Conservation and I look forward to this new role and the challenges that lie ahead. I am passionate about our environment and the success we can achieve working with and supporting iwi Maori.”
“We have so many fantastic resources in the north from our beautiful beaches to our magnificent Kauri forests and our rich culture. These taonga provide iwi and DOC with joint business opportunities which could assist in the sustainability of our environment and the socio economic standing of iwi in the north. Nau te rourou, naku te rourou ka ora te iwi - with your input and ours, together we shall prosper."
Aaron will start his new role on Monday 8 October.
Media are invited to attend a powhiri to welcome Aaron at the Te Puna O Te Matauranga Marae, Northtec Campus, 49 Raumanga Road, Morningside, Whangarei, on Monday, 08 October 2012 commencing at 10:00 am.
Aaron will be available for interviews after the Powhiri (approximately 12 noon).
Communications and Engagement Advisor Kaitohu – Kaupapa Whakapā
DDI: +64 9 470 3313