The Māori role in building a Carbon Free future for Aotearoa

Published: August 17, 2018

The launch of the Māori Carbon Foundation (MCF) is a significant step in our nation’s drive for a cleaner environment, according to Sir Mark Solomon, chairman of the new company which will be launched today. “Māori are a vital part of Aotearoa’s place in the world, and the Māori world view is essential to helping shape our nation’s response to climate change”, said Sir Mark. 

“MCF will enable Māori to play a positive role in helping landowners develop options for their whenua that will deliver benefits to themselves, to their whanau and to their communities,” he said. “Our profit-share model is new, and comes from our belief that whanau should be full partners in the development of their whenua.” 

 

Sir Mark, former Kaiwhakahaere of Ngāi Tahu, is joined on the board by a diverse group of community and business leaders:

·        MANA Movement Leader Hone Harawira;

·        Former Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Murray McCully;

·        Technology businesswomen and Māori  Entrepreneurial Leader of the Year, Maru Nihoniho MNZM;

·        Auckland businesswoman Michelle Boag;  and

·        Director of Strategic Communications firm Goulter and Associates, Jevan Goulter, who also takes up the role of Managing Director. 

 

Associate Minister of Forestry, Meka Whaitiri will attend the MCF launch today where Board members will meet with local Mayors and landowners in the earthquake affected Kaikoura region to outline the economic, social and environmental benefits of carbon farming on marginal and erosion prone land. “Kaikoura is in my backyard” said Sir Mark “and with all the damage we’ve suffered over the past couple of years, I wanted MCF to start here. “As a Māori organisation, we want people to see the benefits of planting trees, strengthening the whenua, and building an economic base in marginal and erosion prone land. "We are looking to extend this kaupapa across the Motu, and believe it is a viable option for Māori to utilise their land to benefit their whānau, hapu and iwi." 

MCF will also be establishing a Trust to help deliver social benefits to local communities. The Trust will be chaired by Hon. Dame Tariana Turia. “Dame Tariana’s service at the highest levels of public office is well recognised, and we are delighted to have her accept the role as Chair of the Trust,” Sir Mark said. 

Land owners interested in participating in the MCF programme can go to the website www.maoricarbonfoundation.com or contact Managing Director, Jevan Goulter, 022 0885646 or jevan@maoricarbonfoundation.com. For further information or to  speak to Sir Mark please contact Jevan Goulter, 022 0885646

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