Iwi representative sought for $1m Rena clean-up fund

8:24 am on 26 October 2012

A Bay of Plenty iwi representative is being sought to sit on a committee that will distribute a $1 million donation given to the community from the firm that chartered of the container ship Rena.

Some two weeks after the ship ran aground, the Mediterranean Shipping Company announced it would donate $1 million towards the clean-up.

But the distribution of the money was delayed until a settlement was reached between the Government and the ship's owner, Daina Shipping Company.

A group of local leaders, which includes mayors and a representative of the shipping company, has been put together to consider applications for funding.

The Mediterranean Shipping Company Rena Recovery Fund's chair Peter Trapski says iwi input is needed and they are looking for a tribal representative before the first official meeting.

Funding applications will be invited from local community groups once the committee has met for the first time.