Northland Regional Council says a meeting with Conservation Minister, Willow-Jean Prime and the Department of Conservation has highlighted the shared goals that local and central government have for Taitokerau.
Council Chair, Tui Shortland said the parties discussed aspirations for areas of the Hikurangi Swamp to be potentially retired and be restored back to a wetland, as well as the ongoing work looking at a joint Council and DOC wild deer eradication plan that proposes a seven-year programme to achieve a wild deer free Taitokerau.
Chair Shortland says it’s important for both the regional council and DOC to work collaboratively for the region and its people.
“We look forward to working on shared goals with the Minister of Conservation, who is also our local Northland MP and we will continue to proactively advocate for Taitokerau to advance future opportunities,” she said.
The Council also congratulated Minister Prime for her recent elevation to Cabinet and said it looked forward to working with her in the future.