Regional Water Management Committee
The Regional Water Management Committee is made up of representatives from Environment Canterbury, territorial authorities, rūnanga and Ngāi Tahu, as well as one member from each of the zone committees.
The committee was established in 2010 to address regionally-significant water management issues such as infrastructure and environmental enhancement projects.
It is made up of:
- two Environment Canterbury appointments
- three territorial authority appointments from each of north, mid and south Canterbury
- a Christchurch City Council appointee
- a Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu appointee
- three rūnanga appointments from each of north, mid and south Canterbury
- the chairs (or other members) of each zone committee
- seven members selected from a number of sectors (fisheries; energy; environmental/biodiversity; primary production/agriculture; recreation; and regional development, including tourism).
The committee developed a Regional Implementation Programme in 2012, which is available here.
Find out when the next Canterbury Water Regional Committee meeting is using our meeting calendar and find agendas in our document library via the link below.
Hugh has had a long and distinguished professional career leading resource management and environmental agencies in New Zealand (ie. Head of Antarctic NZ 1988-91, Director General Department of Conservation 1997-2006 and Ministry for the Environment 2006-2008).
Hugh has recently been the Chair of the Land and Water Forum where he has demonstrated his ability to bring people from a range of different backgrounds and interests and to reach consensus on freshwater issues. Hugh is a past member of the Regional Committee, a keen rock climber and mountaineer and an electric bike convert.
Hugh Canard has been a member of the Regional Committee since its inception and is a member of its biodiversity and Ecosystems Working Group and Recreational Amenities Working Group. Hugh is manager of the groundwater processes group at Agritech and a keen outdoors enthusiast. Hugh is a passionate outdoor person with a particular interest in kayaking, he’s been a member of the Canterbury kayaking fraternity for many years. It was this interest, alongside a commitment to collaborative planning processes, which sparked his engagement with the Regional Committee.
Vicky has more than 15 years’ experience working within the environmental sector, initially working as an engineering geologist on quarry and landfill projects, contaminated land redevelopment and road schemes. Subsequently she worked as a policy planner where she saw first-hand the benefit of early stakeholder engagement. More recently she has returned to university to study water resources. Since moving to Christchurch, Vicky has become an active community gardener, helped to instigate a school’s edible garden, and supports planting days for local biodiversity projects.
Ross is a past regional manager of the North Canterbury Fish and Game Council and he has had a long involvement with environmental and fisheries management. Ross has been involved with the Canterbury management team of the Ballance Farm Environment Awards and the Ministry for the Environment National Policy Statement Freshwater Management Working Group. Ross is a keen hunter, fisher, boatie, aviator and freelance writer/photographer for outdoor recreation publications.
Cole Groves is a contract milker in Mayfield, South Canterbury. Cole has been on the national board of New Zealand Young Farmer and was Chairman for two of those years. Cole is also a previous grand finalist in the New Zealand Young farmer contest.
- Rebecca Clements
- North Canterbury - currently vacant
- Mid Canterbury – currently vacant
- South Canterbury – David Higgins
- Sara Templeton — Christchurch City Council
- Winton Dalley — North Canterbury district councils
- Nicole Reid — Mid Canterbury district councils
- Peter McIlraith — South Canterbury district councils
- Kaikōura – Ted Howard
- Hurunui-Waiau – John Preece
- Waimakariri – Carolyne Latham
- Banks Peninsula - Rima Herber
- Christchurch-West Melton – Leslie Wanhalla
- Selwyn-Waihora – Karaitiana Taiuru
- Ashburton – Ben Curry
- Orari-Temuka-Opihi-Pareora – Hamish McFarlane
- Upper Waitaki – Sandra Hamnpstead-Tipene
- Lower Waitaki-South Coastal Canterbury – Sandra Hamnpstead-Tipene
- Murray Doak
- Nick Vincent
- Alistair Humphrey
- Jo Buckner
- Claire MacKay
- Peter Scott
Annual Flagship Reports 2017/2018
The committee has published annual reports on the key achievements of three main projects this year.
- Te Waihora Flagship Annual Report 2017-2018
- Braided River Regional Projects Annual Report 2017-2018 (Full version)
- Braided River Regional Projects Annual Report 2017/18 (Condensed Version)
- Regional Fish Habitat Initiative Annual Report 2017-2018
- Wainono Lagoon Flagship Annual Report 2016-2017