Clare Williams, Chairperson of Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga, has been presented with an Outstanding Contribution Award from Environment Canterbury.

‘This morning, Clare Williams was given an Outstanding Contribution Award in recognition for her contribution to the Environment Canterbury Council as a Ngāi Tūāhuriri representative engaged in the implementation of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy and the Environment Canterbury Tuia partnership.

Clare has been at the forefront of natural resource and environmental management on behalf of Ngāi Tahu whānui and Ngāi Tūāhuriri for many years.

This council expresses its gratitude and congratulates Clare for her commitment to the Canterbury Water Management Strategy and for her meaningful contribution in strengthening the partnership between this council and Ngāi Tahu whānui.

Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi

Clare as a representative of Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga has worked in partnership with Environment Canterbury, Waimakariri District, Selwyn District, Hurunui District and Christchurch City Councils.

Clare is a founding member of the Waimakariri and Selwyn Waihora water management zone committees. The committees have engaged in a pioneering form of collaborative governance inclusive of local and regional councils, Ngāi Tahu, community, industry stakeholders, and NGO’s, to develop and implement solutions to ensure the sustainable management of freshwater resources in these catchments.

Clare’s desire for and active pursuit of the retention and enhancement of mahinga kai values being integral to the solutions package and wider outcomes being sought by the zone committees is a clear achievement and is to be commended.

Further, Clare was instrumental in the development of the Mahaanui Iwi Management Plan. The plan provides councils with guidance and direction regarding Ngāi Tahu values and environmental management. The plan being an expression of kaitiakitanga and rangatiratanga also means working together in a spirit of partnership.’ – Courtesy of Environment Canterbury Facebook page 2017