WHO ARE WE?
The Waihi Community Forum (the Forum) was formed after the announcement of the proposed Golden Link Project including the Correnso underground mine in the east of Waihi.
The Forum is made up of two representatives from OceanGold Waihi, two from Hauraki District Council and five representatives from the community.
Now that consents have been lodged with Hauraki District Council by OceanaGold Waihi for Project Martha, and given the Forum’s relevant experience with current mining and community representation in Waihi East, it will represent the wider Waihi area, with new community representation from the Project Martha areas.
Through roles given to the Forum in the Correnso resource consent, and goodwill programmes initiated by OceanaGold Waihi, our purpose is to contribute towards a thriving and sustainable community for those residents in what is now the Correnso Extended Project Area (CEPA) and ratepayers living close to mining operations.
Current Forum duties include:
- appointing and managing the Independent Review Panel(IRP);
- administering the Property Purchase Fund and arbitration through the IRP;
- consultingwith the community on property purchase criteria;
- developing initiativesthrough the Streets Ahead scheme; and
- reporting on and receiving comments fromthe community on issues relating to OceanaGold Waihi's operations.
Belinda Burke - Community Representative (Chairperson)
We moved to Waihi from the Hawkes Bay to pursue work opportunities for my husband, settling in Waihi East five years ago. We were drawn to the East End by the lovely large sections on the edge of town and by East School which both my children attend and love.
Moving to Waihi has been a great experience for our family, we have found it to be a really supportive, friendly place to live with a lot going on if you are keen to get involved. We also enjoy the beaches and walks that are so close by.
I'm enjoying being involved with the Waihi Community Forum, particularly as Project Co-ordinator of our latest Streets Ahead scheme - the community green space. I believe a lot of good can come from this project, hopefully it will enable us to meet more of our neighbours, strengthening ties in our community.
Bhavesh Ranchhod - Community Representative (Deputy Chairperson)
Mike Hayden - Community Representative
As an East End resident for more than 40 years, I am interested in the way Waihi develops, both socially and physically, and how mining can contribute positively towards this. I come to the Forum with a wide range of experience and skills obtained whilst being a member of various community initiatives, organisations and committees in Waihi and surrounding areas.
Ernani de Ocampo - Community Representative
Nani and his wife Naomi who was born and raised in Waihi have lived in Waihi since 2010 and have 4 children, the oldest being at Waihi East School and the youngest due to start at the beginning of next year. For the last 4 years Nani has been the youth Pastor at the Waihi Baptist Church.
He is passionate about seeing our rangatahi (young people) see their potential and be in the community.
Prior to this role Nani was teacher aide at Waihi College, has coached rugby, a community youth worker for Waihi Resource Centre. For the last 7 years Nani has also been involved in the Waihi Bluelight and will continue to support the work the police do for the rangatahi in Waihi.
Even although he has only been I Waihi since 2010 this is where Nani considers home and is looking forward to working with the Waihi Community Forum using his links with the community and youth making their voices be represented moving forward.
Max McLean - HDC Representative
The protection and preservation of this environment is of great importance to me. I love being in the outdoors and encourage others to enjoy our unique environment.
I'm one of two Hauraki District Council representatives on WCF.
It is important to listen to our residents and represent them at the WCF, to ensure that those who are affected will be adequately compensated.
Anne Marie Spicer - HDC Representative
I've lived in Waihi East for ten years with my husband Scott and our three children. We love Waihi and have made many good friends here.
I've joined several community groups and organisations over the past few years and was involved in community discussions with Hauraki District Council and Newmont Waihi Gold on the Correnso Underground Mine project before and after consent was granted. I have been on the Forum as both a Community representative and Chairperson and am currently a Council representative.
As a Hauraki District Council Representative and qualified Hearings Commissioner, I look forward to working with our community's committed Forum team in 2017. I will work hard to ensure Waihi East residents are well represented and supported during work in the Correnso Extended Project Area.
Donna Fisher - Waihi Gold Representative
I have been employed by Waihi Gold for the past 17 years and currently hold the position of Company Liaison Officer, a role I have held for the past eight years. I am responsible for communication facilitation and conflict resolution between the consent holder (Waihi Gold), the community and district and regional staff. I also have the responsibility of the 0800 Community Engagement Line.
I have a good understanding of the AEP, Waihi Gold's operations and the Property Policy. Prior to this I was an Environmental Technician carrying out compliance monitoring which involved noise, dust and water monitoring.
I feel I can add value to the forum with my experience in dealing with complaints raised by the community, environmental monitoring and local knowledge of the town and its people.
Kit Wilson - Senior Community Advisor
I am Senior Community Advisor at OceanaGold and responsible for the
External Affairs team. I have been working at Waihi Gold in various capacities
for over 20 years, during which time I also worked around New Zealand and some parts of Australia. I am a member of Waihi Heritage Vision, having recently
stepped down as chairperson after several years in that role. I am interested
in environmental, community, and heritage issues. I believe that the Waihi area
has something special to offer residents, businesses and visitors; and that we
need work constructively and collaboratively for the benefit of all who live,
work, or visit here. I live at Kauri Point with my partner, Sue Baker Wilson.
Joyce Taylor - WCF Coordinator (Non Voting)
My name is Joyce Taylor and I am the Waihi Community Forum Coordinator.
I live in Katikati with my husband and family pets.
I have a wide range of administrative skills that I have acquired over my career
and am excited to be providing admin support to a community focused team.
As Forum Coordinator I am your first port of call should you wish to get in touch with the Forum.
In order to keep track of everything we encourage you to write to us and you can do
this by clicking here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can send a letter
to our postal address (Waihi Community Forum, P. O. Box 54, Katikati, 3129).
I also regularly send out Forum updates, please get in touch if you would like to