It’s been a huge week for us all at The Nelson Tasman Climate Forum.
At our hui on Saturday, we said goodbye to our much admired chair, Julie Nevin with a heartfelt thank you and standing ovation. Julie will be succeeded by Joanna Santa Barbara and we wish her the best of luck in her new role. The Forum also welcomed the election of a dynamic and youthful leadership group including Nelson’s very own Ecogirl Sophie Weenink Smith who took the seat specially reserved for a person under the age of 25.
The news that Nelson City Council is committed to providing a substantial grant to the Forum for the next three years was also cause for celebration.
The funding is seen as a resounding endorsement of the Forum’s practical work.
The Forum was very grateful to have both Mayors Reese and King take time to present their Councils’ progress at the hui.
Mayor Tim King and his Tasman District Council have shown a commitment to the Forum by signing the Charter, while Nelson City Council are proposing provisional funding for the next three years. These gestures are seen as an endorsement of the Forum and its work.
After a shared morning tea we heard briefly from each of our groups about the work they’ve been doing and with some guidance from Peter, groups had some deliberation time where they discussed the appointment of their representatives. We then entered into the election process, with seemingly unanimous support for the appointment of Joanna as new Chair. The role of Co-Chair will be kept open until such a time as tangata whenua iwi are able to select a suitable person.
A new leadership group was elected and we had a karakia and some closing words from Joanna Santa Barbara.
After a day inside, it was time to get our hands dirty and many forum members opted to engage in an afternoon tree planting activity or do some eco dyeing.
Photos from Hui available here: Hui Photos