Philip Hope is the new chief executive of the Eastland Wood Council and he comes into the role with a background in advocacy and sustainable development, two of his passions.
Mr Hope replaces outgoing CEO Kim Holland. “I am really pleased to be given the opportunity to join the Eastland Wood Council (EWC), because it brings together two things I am passionate about; advocacy and the sustainable development of our whenua in Tairawhiti.”
Mr Hope’s career has been about organisational development and advocacy,
in leadership roles for respected causes, including Lung Foundation New Zealand and the Cancer Society of NZ.
He has had more than two decades of farming experience inland from Matawai on Koranga Station, where he was raised.
That pastoral experience extends to agriculture, horticulture and forestry, where Hope is a shareholder, board member and chairperson of; Pourau Station (Tokomaru Bay) and Pohue-Waipiro A31 Trust (Te Puia Springs).
“While my involvement with forestry has been informed and supported by an advisor and manager, I acknowledge the forestry sector provides a wide range of important economic and social benefits to the district,” Mr Hope said.
“I too appreciate forestry has an integral part in the carbon cycle and it can help drive sustainable growth.”
“Ultimately we are all in the people business and the better we connect with people the better the outcome,” he said.
“As CEO for the Eastland Wood Council, I am fortunate to be able to learn from the knowledge and expertise of members and stakeholders.
“These learnings will help inform the councils key role in policy development, advocacy and public relations.”
His tribal affiliations are:
Te Whanau o Ruataupare te hapu,
Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti te iwi
Ngati Porou te iwi
“I am a descendant of Enoka Potae, also known as Te Potae-aute, who signed the Treaty of Waitangi in Tokomaru Bay on June 9, 1840. “I am also a descendant of William Williams, the first Bishop of Waiapu who organised signings of the Turanga treaty copy on the East Coast.”