Helen Codlin was first witness up for HBRC. The line of questioning focused on why Te Taiwhenua O Tamatea was consulted and not Ngāti Kahungunu. Her responce to HBRC’s lawyer was indicative of the type of thinking: “we sort of felt that the engaging at the Taiwhenua level was the appropriate level to engage with”
MR ROBINSON: One more question, Ms Codlin. Our friend, Mr Ferguson, asked you about your working career over the last 16 years. Being engaged in council roles and during the time you’d engaged with NKII or Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated and I think you agreed with that.
MS CODLIN: Mm’hm.
MR ROBINSON: Can you explain to me if you’d engaged with Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated previously why didn’t you on this occasion?
MS CODLIN: On this occasion there was already considerable engagement through the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme and we built on that engagement and again we sort of felt that the engaging at the Taiwhenua level was the appropriate level to engage with