Panelist speakers

We are proud to introduce the following panelist speakers

Nicki Douglas

Panel: The role of local government/iwi/co-governance in rethinking resources

Nicki Douglas - Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Whakaue

I have worked in the Environment sector for 20 years both as a Public Servant (DOC) and for Iwi (Te Arawa Lakes Trust). I am currently the Environment Manager at the Te Arawa Lakes Trust. In my role I can be working with Chairs and Ministers on the current Resource Management reform to implementation of Te Mana o te Wai with hapū and iwi, to reviewing restoration plans for wetlands projects, to negotiating conditions for a consent application for a jetty on our Lakes.

I serve as a Trustee on Te Tahuhu o Tawakeheimoa Trust - Ngāti Rangiwewehi's PSGE and I am a member of the Ngāti Rangiwewehi Environmental Unit - Te Tari Taiao. I also represent Ngāti Rangiwewehi on Te Maru o Kaituna - a co-governance committee established under the Tapuika Settlement Act for the Kaituna River. I have been the Convenor of Te Urunga o Kea - Te Arawa Climate Change Working Group since its inception in 2018. I also support my hapū Ngāti Tangata and Te Whānau a Hinetaapora on environmental matters where I can. I am passionate about hapū and Iwi fulfilling their role as kaitiaki through rangatiratanga – this means I work in system change.

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Penny Doorman

Panel: Future of geothermal

Penny Doorman is the Geothermal Programme Leader at Bay of Plenty Regional Council based in Whakatane. She coordinates Council’s geothermal work streams, with a current focus on a geothermal plan change for the regions resources, which includes 12 geothermal systems.

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Jo Hendy

Panel: Responding to climate change

Jo Hendy led the Secretariat of the Interim Climate Change Committee and oversaw the Committee’s inquiry into renewable electricity. In her former role as Director of Research and Analysis for the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, she led independent environmental investigations into issues including sea-level rise and agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. Jo also spent seven years working for Motu Economic and Public Policy Research. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics, and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (Meteorology).

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Prof Catherine Iorns Magallanes

Panel: Responding to climate change

Catherine is an award-winning Law Professor at Te Herenga Waka--Victoria University of Wellington. She has more than 25 years' experience teaching and researching on environmental law, indigenous rights and statutory interpretation, including a focus on climate change. Recently she completed a large research project for the Deep South National Science Challenge on New Zealand's laws on adaptation to sea-level rise, including looking at the current proposals for law reform. Catherine's additional roles include being the Academic Adviser to the NZ Council of Legal Education, an advisor to the Environmental Law Initiative, and New Zealand's nominee to the IUCN governing world Council.

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Evan Keating

Panel: Rethinking our processes to achieve faster outcomes

Evan is a planner who has broad experience in the environmental planning field, having worked in local and central government roles for the past 17 years, primarily in New Zealand but also in the UK.

Evan’s current role with Waka Kotahi is split between gaining consents for transport projects and participating in private sector developments (private plan changes, large subdivisions and Fast Track consenting proposals). He is also involved in public plan making, including each plan change that implements the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Act.

Evan has a particular interest in transport planning and its interaction with land use development.

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Paul Le Mière

Panel: Implementing national direction on freshwater

Dr Paul Le Mière is the Group Manager, Regional Policy for Federated Farmers of New Zealand. He has been at Federated Farmers for 14 years. The regional policy team works across the country in all regions and districts tackling RMA, local government and rates issues for farmers. Paul also works on national water and RMA policy for the Federation.

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Dr Tanira Kingi

Panel: Implementing national direction on freshwater

Dr Tanira Kingi

Tanira is an agricultural economist with over 30yrs experience across New Zealand’s primary industry sectors. He’s held positions as a senior scientist and science strategist with Scion and AgResearch and as a research academic with Massey University in agricultural systems and management. Tanira is currently a research consultant, a science advisor to MfE and MPI and was a member of the Kahui Wai Māori that developed Te Mana o te Wai in the NPSFM 2020. From 2010 to 2016 he was a co-designer of the Integrated Framework for PC10 (Lake Rotorua catchment) as the chair of the catchment’s largest farming entity. He was also chair of the two farming collectives and chair of the Lake Rotorua Stakeholder Advisory Group. Tanira is an Emeritus Scientist (Scion), a Climate Change Commissioner and holds a number of directorships in the agricultural sector including Landcorp Farming (Pamu). He is chair of Te Arawa Arataua (Te Arawa Primary Sector Group) and sits on several Māori land authorities. Tanira has a PhD in agricultural economics and development (Australian National University), and an MAppSc (Hons) in agricultural systems management (Massey University). He is affiliated to Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Rangitihi, Te Arawa, Ngati Awa

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Vicki Morrison-Shaw

Panel: The role of local government/iwi/co-governance in rethinking resources

Vicki has broad experience in the environmental, Māori and local government sectors having worked in private practice, in-house and in policy/iwi consultation roles for over 18 years prior to joining the environmental bar in October 2021. Vicki has led Project teams for new developments, advised and represented a wide range of parties in environmental proceedings, and has appeared at all levels of the courts. Vicki has also provided advice and representation in a range of Māori law processes including marine and coastal area applications, cultural management plans, Treaty settlement processes, and representation process issues in the Māori Land Court.

Vicki is a certified "Making Good Decisions" commissioner, with experience sitting as a member of both fast track and RMA hearing panels. Vicki is the co-author of the original "Māori Values Supplement” for the Making Good Decisions commissioner's training programme. Vicki has affiliations to Ngāpuhi iwi and is currently studying Te Reo Māori at AUT.

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Judge Laurie Newhook

Panel: Rethinking our processes to achieve faster outcomes

Chief Freshwater Commissioner

Judge Newhook retired as Chief Environment Court Judge in July 2020, having headed the New Zealand Environment Court from August 2011 and been a Judge of the Court from 2001. Prior to that he was counsel and had over thirty years of advocacy experience to that point, with particular emphasis on environmental matters, land, property, and maritime laws. He graduated LIB (Hons) from Auckland University in 1972.

Judge Newhook was appointed by the Minister for the Environment to be Convenor of Expert Panels under the Covid-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020, for the 3-year life of the Act. On 7 January 2022, he was appointed by the Minister for the Environment to be Chief Freshwater Commissioner for the freshwater planning processes under the Resource Management Act.

Judge Newhook has presented at many national and international conferences on the themes of environmental adjudication and the use of technology in adjudicative settings and has written multiple papers on the subjects. Judge Newhook has hosted international delegations to his Court from many parts of the World; chaired and presented at the ‘International Forum for Environment Judges’, Oslo, Norway, June 2016; and Auckland, April 2017, and chaired and addressed plenary sessions at IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquia and other international conferences.

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Stephanie O’Sullivan

Panel: The role of local government/iwi/co-governance in rethinking resources

As a proud descendent of Irish, Scots, Prussian and Swedish ancestors, Steph counts herself very fortunate to have been adopted as whangai, as a tangata tiriti by the Deane Whānau of Ngatira Marae, Ngāti Ahuru, Raukawa. A ‘blessing and a privilege’ is how Steph describes her background as growing up in a hugely diverse 1970’s community in Tokoroa and then spending the best part of the last 27 years immersed in Te Aō Māori. Before joining the Whakatāne District Council as its CE four years ago, Steph has had leadership roles in the Provincial Growth Fund in the Bay of Plenty, served as a Treaty Settlement Negotiator and led the Environmental Group for Raukawa in the Waikato for over 10 years, and was CEO of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ranginui in Tauranga Moana. Prior to that she worked across the public and private sectors in the resource management and primary sectors with a focus on enhancing bi-cultural relationships and practical environmental outcomes. Steph had also enjoyed diverse governance roles, including being an inaugural member of the Guardians Establishment Committee and then the Waikato River Authority as the Raukawa representative for 2009-2014, Chaired the Upper Waikato River Integrated Catchment Committee for the Waikato Regional Council, Chaired the Tauranga People’s Project to implement a housing first approach, was an Inaugural member of Te Whakareia Board: a JV for home based care between Iwi, Māori NGO’s and mainstream providers, and Chaired the Advisory Board for the University of Waikato Adams High Performance Centre at Mount Maunganui. “My background has given me valuable insight into the challenges, opportunities and partnership potential between local and central Government, iwi, the private sector and the community. I’m fortunate to have had leadership roles in pre- and post-settlement iwi entities, and to have championed environmentally sustainable community and economic development. “I’ve lived a life of cultural richness, and to have had the opportunity to walk in two worlds. As Aotearoa NZ matures, we face exciting times and it’s a privilege to be able to play a leadership role in shaping and facilitating the opportunities before us,” she says.

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James Palmer

Panel: Implementing national direction on freshwater

James Palmer has been Chief Executive of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council since June 2017. Prior to working at Council, James was Deputy Secretary Sector Strategy at the Ministry for the Environment, with responsibility for the strategic direction of New Zealand’s environmental management system, state of environment reporting and oversight of the Environmental Protection Authority. James was Director Strategy at both the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry before that. Between 2005 and 2008 James served as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity.

James is currently a member of the Local Government Steering Group for Resource Management Reform, a board member of the Sustainable Seas and Deep South National Science Challenges and a member of the Forestry Ministerial Advisory Group.

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Joseph Tahana

Panel: The role of local government/iwi/co-governance in rethinking resources

Joseph (Joe) (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Makino, Tapuika) was raised in Rotoiti, attending Rotoiti Primary School and Rotorua Lakes High. After leaving school, he joined the NZ Army, serving in various roles both in New Zealand and overseas before retiring in 2004 after 20 years’ service. After returning to New Zealand, Joe gained experience in environmental resource related policy development and planning at both local and regional level and has a sound understanding of resource issues that impact iwi. He holds qualifications in resource management and business and has worked with whanau and hapu governance to build capability that addresses development issues.

Joe is an active member of Te Waiiti Marae and the Ngāti Pikiao Environmental Society, as well as chair of the Lakes Rotoiti Scenic Reserve Board. After working for DOC for the past 7 years, implementing its Treaty Settlement commitments he is now about to take up a new role in the private sector based in Rotorua. Joe also sits on a number of land trusts and other committees.

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Anita Wreford

Panel: Responding to climate change

Professor Anita Wreford is an applied economist based at the AERU at Lincoln University, specialising in adaptation to climate change, with a particular focus on agriculture and the natural environment. She is an author on two Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports (Special Report on Climate Change and Land (2019) and the Australasia chapter of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report. Anita has worked closely with policy makers both at national level and local government, and conducted climate change adaptation research for both the public and private sectors in New Zealand, as well as the EU Commission and the OECD, and the UK government. She leads New Zealand’s Deep South National Science Challenge’s Impacts and Implications Programme, a critical funder of adaptation research in New Zealand.

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