Geothermal energy in New Zealand & the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

The online UN contribution informs on great achievements of the Tauhara North No. 2 Trust in New Zealand.

We are pleased to inform you that our active IGA member Katherine Luketina organised the publication of a contribution on geothermal use by the Tauhara North No. 2 Trust in New Zealand together with Kevin McLoughlin. The input informs how the Tauhara North No. 2 Trust manages their land, comprising 326 hectares of farmland overlying the Rotokawa Geothermal System. As well as farming, the Trust entered into a geothermal energy development with Mighty River Power Ltd (now Mercury Ltd), to build a power station on trust land. From the income generated the Trust provides grants in the areas of education, health, funeral expenses, maintenance and upkeep of Marae (traditional meeting places), youth development, sports, arts, and Maori cultural activities.

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) posted the article on UNSDN.org, ahead of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, which takes place on August 9th.

You can view the article online: unsdn.org/2016/08/04/indigenous-people-steaming-ahead/

We appreciate the time and effort Katherine Luketina has contributed to this and thank her very much for supporting geothermal energy development and the indigenous peoples in New Zealand.

In May 2015, the IGA was granted the special consultative status to UN bodies including the UN Economic and Social Council with its subsidiary bodies and the United Nations Secretariat, its programmes, funds and agencies. The IGA hereby received a special privilege for geothermal advisory and support.