Ex-DOC manager joins council

EMMA HORSLEY
Last updated 12:00 06/11/2012

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The new man in charge of compliance at Horizons Regional Council has a background some may consider at odds with being environmentally neutral, but he gives an assurance he has no agendas.

Nic Peet is the new group manager of strategy and regulation at Horizons Regional Council, a position that has been vacant since the departure of Greg Carlyon in September last year.

The title may have changed slightly, but the position still comes with a legacy of One Plan and the task of implementing the controversial environmental plan.

Dr Peet comes from the Conservation Department in Whanganui where he was area manager for six years.

His background is in science and he has a doctorate in ecology and resource management in Nepal.

Born in Uganda and nurtured in the Channel Island of Guernsey, Dr Peet has seen a large portion of the world and has lived in New Zealand for 12 years.

His DOC background would not create an issue, he said.

"It's all about managing New Zealand's natural resources in a way that shows their importance to the economy. As a public servant I am to do the best job I can to support the council's decisions." Fairfax NZ

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