The regional council yesterday marked both ‘the end of an era’ and a new beginning for conservation in the Waikato.
|Left to right, regional council deputy CEO Clare Crickett, Mr Simmons
and Mr Martin at the signing.
The council signed a new memorandum of understanding with the Department of Conservation which sees the two organisations committing to working together to enhance their effectiveness in the Waikato.
Biosecurity and natural heritage group manager John Simmons said the agreement will help the two organisations to better align strategies, provide for greater collaboration in planning and setting priorities, as well as integrating functions where appropriate.
The council also honoured DOC’s retiring Waikato Conservator Greg Martin for his 40-year commitment to conservation in the Waikato. Mr Martin began with the Department of Lands and Survey in 1973 and spent much of his time in the Waikato area. After the Department of Conservation was formed, he became Waikato Conservator, a post he has held for 18 years.
“We have been very fortunate in our partnership with Greg as the Waikato Conservator,” said Mr Simmons.
“He has helped clean up our rare peat lakes, turned Waitomo Caves into a world-class attraction and helped realise the vision of a pest-free sanctuary on Maungatautari.”
Mr Martin presented a slideshow of work involving DOC over the years. For an edited version of that presentation click here:
DOC over the years presentation PDF (5mb)