"Iwi representatives on the troubled Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust have quit in protest over a shakeup of the project's management.
Three iwi representatives have resigned following the layoffs of four salaried administrative staff, including chief executive Jim Mylchreest.
This is what consultation is all about. It is about discussing and mulling and considering and contemplating. Trying to ram things through too fast is as bad as doing nothing. "We were particularly concerned at the newly proposed strategic direction and the lack of time given to consider the proposal, which includes a tourism development and the introduction of a charging regime. Manu whenua feel these require wider debate and consideration.
Up until October the administration staff had been responsible for filing reports that met their requirements under a memorandum of understanding with other iwi.
"Maungatautari is a phenomenal conservation restoration project which has captured the imagination and support of the community. Manu whenua believe it is essential for the community to have the required say in the project's future. He said that before the meeting representatives were concerned they hadn't been given enough time to talk with constituents about the decision to axe the four administrative staff."
Listen to tangata whenua - they are on your side.
Listen to tangata whenua - really listen."Mr Tauroa was pleasantly surprised by the subsequent commitment to consult with Maori."
It (the resignations) has worked because there are no two ways about it – they have to talk to us about it. They don't have a trust without iwi," said Mr Tauroa."