Workshop speakers

We are proud to introduce the following workshop speakers

Penny Doorman

Rotorua Geothermal system

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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Jeff Farrell

Matatā risk reduction strategy – extinguishing existing use rights as part of managed retreat

Jeff is Manager Strategic Projects at the Whakatāne District Council. He has a Master in Public Management from Victoria University and is a certificated “Making Good Decisions” commissioner. For several decades, Jeff has been involved on national and regional advisory committees, taskforces, and steering groups relating to building controls, natural hazard and emergency management, and climate change; subjects he has presented and published papers on nationally and internationally. Recently, Jeff was a local government reviewer of the first national climate change risk assessment, a member of the MfE group that produced the Guide to Local Climate Change Risk Assessments, and a member of the MfE Local Government Ministerial Advisory Group on the Draft National Adaptation Plan. Jeff was also the Council’s programme lead on the Awatarariki debris flow risk management programme at Matatā.

In recognition of his work Jeff recently received the 2022 Te Tari Taiwhenua Internal Affairs LGNZ Award for Outstanding Contribution to Local Government.

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Andrew Green

Matatā risk reduction strategy – extinguishing existing use rights as part of managed retreat

Andrew specialises in a wide range of resource management and environmental issues arising from airports, windfarms and wastewater infrastructure, roading, irrigation, hazardous substances, landfills, quarries, indigenous vegetation, forestry, residential subdivisions, apartment development, developments in sensitive landscapes, retail developments and industrial activities. Andrew advises individual, corporate and local authority clients on environmental, resource management, Local Government, Public Works and Building Act issues.

He represents clients at council hearings, the Environment Court, the High Court and Court of Appeal. Andrew also advises local authorities on policy development and implementation, LGOIMA and Privacy Act issues, governance, consultation obligations and Code of Conduct investigations and proceedings.

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Mark Vink

Resource management reform

Mark Vink – Executive Director, Strategic Planning Reform Board, Ministry for the Environment

Mark leads the cross-agency and multi-disciplinary team developing the Spatial Planning Act. He previously worked at the Treasury, where he led a range of major policy projects, most recently as director of the Treasury’s COVID economic response directorate.

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Julian Williams

Co-management and co-governance

Julian is a descendent of Ngaati Makirangi, Waikato. Julian regards himself as a Kaitiaki to his Tupuna Awa, the Waikato River and all of its taonga. Julian was raised in between the Waikato and Waipaa Rivers in Ngaaruawaahia and spent much of his youth swimming, eeling and catching koura in the rivers and Hakarimata paemaunga. This initiated his desire to work in the kaitiaki and taonga space. Along with his wife, they have a small whaanau consultancy focussed on policy, engagement, climate action, taangata whenua assessments and kaitiaki training. Julian is currently involved in multiple works including three waters projects, transport, RM policy and planning, and sector training on Te Mana o te Wai.

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