Councillors

Our governing body of 12 councillors focuses on the big picture and on region-wide strategic decisions. Following the local government elections in October 2016, a council of part-elected, part-appointed members took office, replacing Government-appointed commissioners who had been in place for six years.  

 councillors@ecan.govt.nz 
  0800 266 567

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8. Chair Steve Lowndes June 2018 116166 EDITED

Steve Lowndes

Chair

I am delighted to the in the role of Chairman of the Environment Canterbury.  It is not a role that I take lightly, as it comes with significant responsibility for the future of our region.  Prior to becoming an elected member of the Environment Canterbury Council, I have been closely involved with the Canterbury Water Management Strategy at both a local and regional level, and I bring this experience to the Council table to help address the two top priorities of this Council: freshwater management and biodiversity (or biological diversity).

Climate change is also a major focus for me as Chairman. Not in isolation, but as an integral consideration in all the decisions that the Council makes. Our role is in helping the region to adapt to the impacts that a changing climate will bring about. We are already dealing with the consequences of a warming planet, and I undertake to keep climate change front and centre of future thinking.

Another passion of mine is to see sustainable, low-carbon, wi-fi enabled public transport system that reflects the needs of the community.

I am proud to be leading a Council of diverse, well-informed elected and appointed members, who can represent the communities often contrary views. From having different standpoints represented on Council comes good debate and robust decisions. Restoring and maintaining the balance between cultural, social, economic and environmental imperatives is a long- game and I am pleased to say that we are making progress.

Portfolios

  • Transport and Urban Development - Greater Christchurch Partnership Committee (GCPC), Public Transport and Regional Transport
  • Regional Leadership

Committee and Co-Governance Membership

  • Canterbury Regional Transport Committee (Chair)
  • Greater Christchurch Public Transport Joint Committee
  • Performance, Audit and Risk Committee
  • Greater Christchurch Partnership Committee
  • Kaikōura Zone Water Management Committee
  • Te Rōpū Tuia
  • Te Waihora Co-Governance
  • Canterbury Mayoral Forum
  • Local Government NZ Regional Sector

  steve.lowndes@ecan.govt.nz 
  027 608 7321

5. Peter Scott June 2018 116132 EDITED

Peter J Scott

Deputy Chair

I bring to the role of Deputy Chairman the balance of a thorough understanding of farming in this region, and a deep appreciation of the resources we need to protect.  My family has been farming for a number of generations and it is exactly because of my agricultural background that I care so deeply about how we treat the environment.

The South Canterbury economy depends on its highly developed farmland, but over the past two decades some of our most precious assets have been poorly allocated.  I am passionate about getting the balance right – so we can all continue to benefit from the productive use of our land while protecting the environment for future generations.

I have been involved with the Canterbury Waste Management Strategy since 2008, and I bring years of experience to my role on Council.  My South Canterbury roots mean I am also closely involved in urban winter air quality work, particularly in the Timaru airshed, where great progress has been made towards cleaner air.

Portfolios

  • Transport and Urban Development - Regional Transport
  • Freshwater Management
  • Air Quality
  • Regional Leadership

Committee and Co-Governance Membership

  • Canterbury Regional Water Management Committee
  • Regulation Hearing Committee
  • Lower Waitaki Zone Water Management Committee
  • Te Rōpū Tuia

  peter.scott@ecan.govt.nz 
  027 491 6413

12. David Caygill June 2018 116206 EDITED

Hon David Caygill, CNZM

My governance experience includes Chair of the ACC, Chair of the Electricity Commission, Chair of the Education New Zealand Trust, Chair of the Advisory Committee on Official Statistics, Deputy Chair of the Commerce Commission and Board member of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority.

In 2011 I led the panel established to review the operation and effectiveness of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme, and from 2010 to 2016 I was an appointed Commissioner for Environment Canterbury.

I served three terms as a Christchurch City Councillor and six terms as a Member of Parliament, holding Ministerial portfolios in Health, Trade and Industry, and Finance, before reverting to the law as a partner in Buddle Findlay.

I bring a background in politics at both local and national levels as well as governance experience.  My work in the electricity sector is occasionally relevant when working through the issues of water allocation.

Portfolios

  • Transport and Urban Development - Public Transport
  • Fresh Water Management
  • Regional Leadership

Committee and Co-Governance Membership

  • Greater Christchurch Public Transport Joint Committee
  • Ashburton Zone Water Management Committee
  • Te Rōpū Tuia

  david.caygill@ecan.govt.nz 
  027 432 5228

6. Iaean Cranwell June 2018 116140 EDITED

Iaean Cranwell

Ko te Ūpoko o Tahumatā te mauka
Ko Ōkana te awa
Ko Wairewa te roto
Ko Uruao te waka
Ko Makō te whare tupuna
Ko Te Rōpūake te whare kai
Ko Kāti Irakehu, Kāti Kurī, Kāti Makō kā hapū
Ko Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe, Kāi Tahu kā iwi
Ko Iaean Cranwell tōku ikoa

Iaean’s whakapapa is to the Kāti Irakehu, Kāti Kurī and Kāti Makō hapū of Kāi Tahu. He is self-employed and the director of Puaka Ltd. He has been involved in the restoration of Te Roto o Wairewa and its surrounding takiwā. He was a member of the CWMS Banks Peninsula Zone Committee from inception.

He lives in Ōtautahi with his wife and their two children.

Iaean is passionate about the protection and restoration of waterways, particularly as it relates to mahinka kai species and practices, and is also heavily involved in competing in, organising and promoting waka ama (outrigger canoeing), recently competing at the World Championships in Tahiti.

Portfolios

  • Freshwater Management
  • Biosecurity/biodiversity
  • Regional Leadership

Committee and Co-Governance Membership

  • Selwyn Waihora Zone Water Management Committee
  • Te Rōpū Tuia

  iaean.cranwell@ecan.govt.nz 

10. Rod Cullinane June 2018 116188 EDITED

Rod Cullinane

Rod is concerned about the significant and ongoing degradation of Canterbury's waterways and is well qualified for that - possessing a unique set of business and environmental skills.

He is a qualified Lawyer and Accountant, with wide experience as a senior executive in business.  As General Manager of North Canterbury Fish & Game he has a unique understanding of, and passion for, our environment.  With the dramatic deterioration of our waterways and habitat, he believes land use intensification has come at too high a price.  The state of our waterways is not given priority.  The severely reduced flows of water in our rivers and streams are not just the result of lack of rainfall - irrigation has been over allocated.  Nutrient pollution and poor compliance monitoring are also issues that need to be addressed. Rod believes our waterways must be swimmable, not wadeable, that water is a finite resource and must be sustainably managed.

Portfolios

  • Hazards, Risk and Resilience
  • Regional Leadership

Committee and Co-Governance Membership

  • Performance, Audit and Risk Committee (Chair)
  • Te Rōpū Tuia

  rod.cullinane@ecan.govt.nz 
  027 280 8192

11. Elizabeth Cunningham June 2018 116200 EDITED

Elizabeth Cunningham

Elizabeth Cunningham (Ngāi Tahu/Ngāti Mutunga) was appointed in August 2015 as a representative of Ngāi Tahu.

She has a wide variety of business and governance experience, including business consultancy and managing health research at the University of Otago.  She also had an extensive career in Maori health management for the Canterbury District Health Board’s previous entities, the Southern Regional Health Authority and the Health Funding Authority, and was a ministerial appointed member of the Canterbury District Health Board from 2008–13.  Elizabeth Cunningham was an elected member of Environment Canterbury for three years from 2004.

Elizabeth comes from Port Levy and is a director of Koukourarata Development Corporation, is a registered Resource Management Act Commissioner, Justice of the Peace, a life member and president of the Rapaki Branch Maori Women’s Welfare League and the Chair of the South Island Maori Cancer Leadership group.

Portfolios

  • Hazards, Risk and Resilience
  • Regional Leadership - Tuia

Committee and Co-Governance Membership

  • Regulation Hearing Committee
  • Te Waihora Co-Governance
  • Banks Peninsula Zone Water Management Committee
  • Te Rōpū Tuia

  021 272 1446

2. Tom Lambie June 2018 116093 EDITED

Tom Lambie, ONZM

I bring a long history of involvement in farming politics and with the farming sector, and was National President of Federated Farmers from 2002-2005.  My close association with the development of the Opuha Water Storage Dam developed the experience I bring to Environment Canterbury, with an in-depth understanding of the economic and environmental benefits of good water management and a collaborative community process.

I farm a 415-hectare dairy farm at Pleasant Point, South Canterbury.  I am a director of Opuha Water Limited and a former Chancellor of Lincoln University.  I have been a trustee of the Todd Foundation, Motu Trust and Hikurangi Ākina Foundation.

Portfolios

  • Biosecurity/biodiversity
  • Regional Leadership

Committee and Co-Governance Membership

  • Regulation Hearing Committee
  • Christchurch West Melton Zone Water Management Committee
  • Te Rōpū Tuia

  tom.lambie@ecan.govt.nz 
  027 230 2414

7. Claire McKay June 2018 116155 EDITED

Claire McKay

I have a diverse range of skills and experience with a background as a veterinarian, farmer and business owner, and latterly the Canterbury Water Management Strategy.

I strongly support the Canterbury Water Management Strategy and its collaborative processes around the key issue of balancing social, cultural, and economic values with responsible environmental objectives as a vital plank in the work of Environment Canterbury.

I seek a common-sense approach to regulations, with achievable timeframes for practical solutions to be implemented. This will drive outcomes that result in a healthy environment for us all. However, every Canterbury citizen has a responsibility to consider the impacts of their actions on the environment and has a part to play in ensuring a sustainable future.

You will find I am approachable, committed to transparent and consultative engagement and problem solving that achieves fair and constructive results.

I am very keen to see a strong Regional Governance that “builds bridges”, by developing a greater degree of trust and respect between the Council, the ratepayers, stakeholders, and the public of Canterbury.

I want a united Canterbury that stands proud as one.

Portfolios

  • Freshwater Management
  • Regional Leadership

Committee and Co-Governance Membership

  • Performance, Audit and Risk Committee
  • Canterbury Regional Water Management Committee
  • Regulation Hearing Committee
  • Waimakariri Zone Water Management Committee
  • Te Rōpū Tuia

  claire.mckay@ecan.govt.nz 
  027 486 4023

3. Lan Pham June 2018 116104 EDITED

Lan Pham

I am a freshwater ecologist who believes that putting the health of our people and planet above short-term considerations will enable our society and economy to thrive.

I am founder and trustee of a charitable organisation called Working Waters Trust, that works alongside farmers, schools, Runanga and community groups across Canterbury, Otago and Southland to restore the habitats of New Zealand’s most endangered native freshwater fish.

Clean waterways and swimmable rivers aren’t simply a “nice to have”; they are essential to healthy communities. We need greater enforcement on resource consent breaches and stronger policy to ensure our polluted waterways get cleaned up. This will help create a thriving, resilient Canterbury economy based on high value goods and services and a genuine “clean, green” New Zealand brand.

I’m committed to policy that provides for the needs of future citizens, which means addressing climate change and investing in modern, world class public transport, and I am working to deliver an environmental legacy we can all be proud of.

This council exists to represent you.  Talk to us, inform us and engage with us to ensure we’re making the best possible decisions for Canterbury.

Portfolios

  • Freshwater Management
  • Hazards, Risk and Resilience
  • Regional Leadership

Committee and Co-Governance Membership

  • Regulation Hearing Committee
  • Orari Temuka Opihi Pareora Zone Water Management Committee
  • Te Rōpū Tuia 

  Lan.pham@ecan.govt.nz 

1. Cynthia Roberts June 2018 116075 EDITED

Dr Cynthia Roberts

Kia ora! I am delighted to serve as one of your councillors. Since being elected in October 2016 I feel very privileged to be in the governance role and contributing to shaping the direction of the organisation.

When I stood for election I was keen to improve outcomes for indigenous biodiversity in Canterbury through using my training (PhD UTAS; M.Appl.Sci Lincoln) and experience as a Science Advisor for the Department of Conservation, running an ecotourism business and my years in teaching and educational management at what was then called Christchurch Polytechnic.

With such a positive response from staff and councillors I am optimistic that this goal will be realised and start to gather momentum.  The new Canterbury Regional Pest Management Plan 2018-2038 is a positive sign of this direction as it encompasses more biodiversity pests.

My guiding principles include a commitment to working as a Treaty Partner, valuing people - particularly staff, living sustainably, collaborative decision-making and kaitiakitanga/environmental stewardship.

As an ECan councillor I enjoy the challenge of being part of a team that works to find smarter and sustainable environmental approaches to managing the region’s land and coast, its biosecurity and biodiversity, its water quantity and quality, clean air and transport needs.

Portfolios

  • Biosecurity/biodiversity
  • Transport and Urban Development - Greater Christchurch Partnership Committee (GCPC)
  • Regional Leadership

Committee and Co-Governance Membership

  • Greater Christchurch Partnership Committee
  • Hurunui Waiau Zone Water Management Committee
  • Te Rōpū Tuia

  cynthia.roberts@ecan.govt.nz 
  021 123 1060

4. Peter Skelton June 2018 116117 EDITED

Professor Peter Skelton, CNZM

Peter Robert Skelton is a former Environment Court Judge.  He is currently an Environment Canterbury Councillor with portfolio responsibilities for all planning and resource management processes.  He was a member of the Technical Advisory Group appointed by the Government in 2011 to review sections 6 and 7 of the Resource Management Act 1991 and to advise on improved legislative provisions for natural hazard planning.

From 2000 to 2005 he was the Associate Professor of Resource Management Law at Lincoln University and on retirement from that position he was appointed an Honorary Professor.  He was the first Chair of the Environmental Legal Assistance Advisory Panel and is an Honorary Life Member of the Resource Management Law Association; and the New Zealand Legal Research Foundation.  He is an Honorary Fellow of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.  In the 2001 New Years’ Honours List he was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to Environmental Law.  In 2016 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Natural Resources by Lincoln University, and in 2017 he was made a Life Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI).

Portfolios

  • Transport and Urban Development - Greater Christchurch Partnership Committee (GCPC), Public Transport
  • Regional Leadership  - Planning, Consents and Compliance

Committee and Co-Governance Membership

  • Regulation Hearing Committee (Chair)
  • Greater Christchurch Partnership Committee
  • Greater Christchurch Public Transport Joint Committee
  • Te Waihora Co-Governance
  • Te Rōpū Tuia

  peter.skelton@ecan.govt.nz 

9. John Sucnkell June 2018 116182 EDITED

John Sunckell

I am a third generation farmer from Leeston, coming from a family with a long record of involvement in the community.  Throughout my career, I have maintained this tradition through operational and administrative roles within St John Ambulance in Selwyn Central, as well as participating in and leading many other sports and community groups.

More recently I have been a Selwyn/Waihora Zone committee member and an integral part of the community engagement that has led to the development of the Selwyn/Waihora sub regional chapter.  Through this engagement, I have developed an enhanced understanding of both the emotional attachment people have with water and a very good understanding of the science.

My strong community focus along with an extensive knowledge of water management and agriculture will enable me to be a strong governor representing Mid Canterbury.

Portfolios

  • Hazards, Risk and Resilience
  • Freshwater Management
  • Air Quality
  • Regional Leadership

Committee and Co-Governance Membership

  • Performance, Audit and Risk Committee
  • Canterbury Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group Joint Committee
  • Upper Waitaki Zone Water Management Committee
  • Te Rōpū Tuia

  john.sunckell@ecan.govt.nz 
  027 424 3006 (03) 324 3931