Pōwhiri for new manager

David Murphy.

David Murphy.

The sun shone through August’s winter chills on Monday, as manuhiri gathered at the waharoa of Ngāti Moki Marae at Taumutu to welcome the new Whakaora Te Waihora Programme Implementation Manager, David Murphy to Christchurch and to his new role.

Project Manager, Ngāi Tahu Relationships at Environment Canterbury and Te Taumutu Rūnanga whānau member, David Perenara-O’Connell led the pōwhiri.

David’s recent experience in his role as Principal Conservation Officer with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (Threatened Species Unit), in Queensland, Australia has seen him involved in bringing together multiple partners across government, academic, NGO and community groups.  He has coordinated the development and implementation of a number of projects resulting in improved recovery outcomes for the threatened species.

David was born in India and raised in Christchurch. After studying and graduating from the University of Canterbury, he was drawn to overseas service through Volunteer Service Abroad. Despite working in several countries, and enjoying a successful position in Queensland, his desire to contribute to conservation in New Zealand is strong, and this, along with his family, has pulled him home.

David is married to Kathleen and they have a baby boy called Xavier.

Guests also welcomed Sue Corby (Ngāti Maniapoto), who was recently appointed Senior Advisor, Te Waihora, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Sue has extensive experience in local government and in community development programme consultancy work, in the development and governance of a number of environmental and community projects.

She was born and raised at Ngākonui in the King Country and has also recently returned home after 35 years in Australia. She has three grown children and a grandson.

Chair of the Te Waihora Management Board, Terrianna Smith said the board was looking forward to working with both David and Sue, as they worked toward bringing the Whakaora Te Waihora Joint Cultural and EcologicalRestoration Plan to life.