Call for Expressions of Interest in joining the Southland Regional Forum
The Southland Regional Forum was formed in early 2019 to consider and advise Environment Southland (Council) and Te Ao Marama Incorporated (TAMI) Board on the options available to achieve the community's values and objectives for freshwater.
The Regional Forum will provide a package of advice on freshwater management to Council and TAMI taking into consideration the impacts, timing, targets, limits (e.g. for water quality and quantity), methods and policy context.
Due to changes in circumstances of some initial appointees, Council and TAMI are looking to appoint up to five new members to participate in the Regional Forum through to the final recommendation delivery in July 2022.
The intent of Council and TAMI is that membership of the forum reflects the diversity of the Southland community. Given that, we are particularly interested in those who can bring some or all of the following:
- An urban perspective on freshwater management
- An in depth understanding of Te Ao Māori and Tikanga Māori
In addition, all members are expected to
- Be a Southlander - for this purpose defined as someone either residing in Southland, Southland is their tūrangawaewae, or someone who considers Southland their home
- Have strong communication skills, especially the ability to participate productively in a group process (contributing, listening to, considering and acknowledging views and suggestions of others)
- Be cooperative, open-minded and curious, able to explore issues from multiple viewpoints and actively seek understanding where views differ
- Have the capacity to consume and synthesise information from a variety of differing, but connected, fields (cultural, technical, social).
Requirements and anticipated commitment levels
Successful applicants will be expected to:
- Agree to the Terms of Reference
- Have the time available to do necessary preparation for meetings
- Attend all Regional Forum workshops. These are usually two-day workshops held every two months and short on-line workshops also occur if required. The Regional Forum runs until 2022. Date and locations of face-to-face workshops are located here.
How the selection process will work:
Those who are shortlisted will be invited to an interview. Interviews will be held during the week of 11-13 March (Thursday-Saturday).
Decisions will be communicated to all applicants by Friday 19 March.
Successful applicants will need to be available for:
- a one-hour introductory session to meet with some of those involved with the Regional Forum and to gain an overview of their role - on a date and time to be confirmed during 29 March-1 April (the week prior to Easter)
- an evening workshop on Thursday 8 April.
About the form:
The information we have requested is being gathered to ensure the membership of the Regional Forum reflects the diverse nature of communities in the region.
If you have additional information, please upload this to support your application.