10 Feb 2012

East Coast tribe to attend environment summit

6:34 am on 10 February 2012

An iwi opposed to deep-sea oil drilling is sending a representative to an international conference on sustainability, energy and the environment.

The eastern Bay of Plenty tribe, Te Whanau a Apanui - which is against exploration off East Cape - is a supporter of renewable energy.

The GLOBE conference and trade fairs will take place in Canada in March. It bills itself as the world's most influential and prestigious international environment industry event.

A spokesperson for the tribe Robert Ruha says he's going to the summit because his iwi is serious about alternative energy.

He says the top business people from around the world will be at the conference to talk about environmentally-friendly projects to create economic stability and wealth.

Mr Ruha says he will represent Te Whanau a Apanui in Vancouver next month.