New chief at wood council
The new chief executive of the Eastland Wood Council, Philip Hope, says the job brings together things he's passionate about — advocacy and sustainable development.
Mr Hope has replaced Kim Holland at the EWC helm, and started work on Monday.
“I am really pleased to be given the opportunity to join Eastland Wood Council,” he said.
“It brings together two things I am passionate about — advocacy and the sustainable development of our whenua in Tairawhiti.”
Mr Hope's career has been about organisational development and advocacy, working with, for example, the Lung Foundation New Zealand, where he was chief executive, and Patient Voice Aotearoa.
He has had more than 20 years of farming experience inland from Matawai on Koranga Station.
That pastoral experience includes management and governance of agriculture, horticulture and forestry nearby to Tokomaru Bay on Pourau Station and Te Puia Springs with the Pohue-Waipiro A31 Trust.
“While my involvement with forestry has been informed and supported by an adviser and farm manager, I acknowledge the forestry sector provides a wide range of important economic and social benefits to the district,” Mr Hope said.
“I appreciate too that forestry has an integral part in the carbon cycle and it can help drive sustainable growth.
“Ultimately we are all in the people business and the better we connect with people the better the outcome,” he said.
“As CEO for the Eastland Wood Council, I am fortunate to be able to learn from the knowledge and expertise of members and key stakeholders.
“These learnings will help inform the council's key role in policy development, advocacy and public relations.”
His tribal affiliations are Te Whanau o Ruataupare te hapu, Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti te iwi and Ngati Porou te iwi.
“I am a descendant of Enoka Potae, also known as Te Potae-aute, who signed the Treaty of Waitangi in Tokomaru Bay on June 9, 1840.
“I am also a descendant of William Williams, the first Bishop of Waiapu, who organised signings of the Turanga treaty copy on the East Coast.”