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Written by Sue Reed-Thomas, DoC Conservation Partnerships Manager, Northland District   
Monday, 21 December 2015

I would appreciate you tendering, on my behalf, the Departmentís apologies as we will not be sending a staff member to attend.

I want to assure you that the Department considers the Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society as a partner in conservation for this area, even though we have chosen not to attend this particular meeting.† I thought it would be useful to share what the Department is currently doing that reflects this.

  • The Departmentís Conservation Partnerships Director for Northern North Island, Nicola Douglas, and myself recently met with the executive committee. †The Executive shared the aspirations of the society, including its desire to work in partnership with community, nga hapu o Pimanu, and the Department. †Nicola is supportive of us developing this relationship locally, and even provided some ideas about how this three way partnership has been achieved in another location.
  • The Department invited the NSaPS to submit a full application to the Community Conservation Partnerships Fund after receiving its expression of interest.† This application is currently being considered and decisions are expected to be announced by the end of August.
  • The Department and NSaPS are developing a management agreement, which describes the relationship we seek to have and will authorise the Society to undertake certain activities on the sandspit.† A full draft is expected to be sent to the Society within the next two weeks.† A key component of the agreement will be ensuring health and safety of volunteers and public while undertaking these activities, so the Society will need to develop a health and safety plan.† A template for this will be sent next week, and the Department will offer some support to the Society to understand this if needed.
  • Once the agreement is signed, a Department staff member will be named to manage this relationship in accordance with the Agreement.† They will become a key point of contact for the Society.† They will implement an annual planning process with the Society so that each year we are both clear about what the Society seeks to do, ensuring they are authorised to do that, and which of those things we might be working on together.

The Department is looking forward to entering a new phase of its work with the Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society and the Tangata Whenua of the area.

Please feel free to share my comments with those attending the AGM.

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