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First wahine Maori chair of Northland Regional Council resigns

A council meeting scheduled for November 28 2023 will receive the resignation of Tui Shortland, Northland Regional Council’s first wahine Māori Chair. Shortland, of Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Wai and Te Rarawa, will continue as a Te Raki elected member and has expressed her belief in the need for transformative change at the Council.

Acknowledging the evolution necessary for the Council’s journey ahead, Shortland said, “My decision to resign as Chair will enable a reconfiguration of leadership and support a governance reset.”

Shortland has a global reputation for her expertise in indigenous environmental policy and management to address climate priorities. Her dedication to Northland’s Māori communities and knowledge of Māori and Indigenous models of environmental governance and management will continue to influence the work of the Council.

Shortland says, “The Council Meeting on 28 November will also see at least ten notices of motion from councillors addressed through a democratic process, signalling a change of tide in the leadership and membership dynamics across several committees and working parties.”

Among these Notices of Motion is a call to Remove and Replace the Deputy Chair. 

Shortland says, “Having witnessed incredible passion and dedication for transformative change within our Council, I’m confident that we can pave the way for a vibrant and forward-looking future, and renewed vision for the way we discharge our responsibilities as elected representatives.”

Shortland welcomes whānau, hapū, iwi and the wider community to be part of this historic moment in the spirit of embracing transparency and accountability.


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