Events » LGNZ symposium: Freshwater 2017

LGNZ symposium: Freshwater 2017


29 May 2017

Starting: Monday 29 May 2017 1:00pm

Finishing: Tuesday 30 May 2017 3:00pm

We are delighted to bring you this symposium on what is shaping up to be a very important issue for New Zealand, central and local government, our communities and a number of key stakeholders.

The symposium’s theme is: Freshwater -  focus on managing water quality, quantity and funding: how do we move to integrated policy that gets the right outcomes for communities.

The event is to be hosted in Wellington at MAC’s Conference Centre and will run from 1.00pm Monday 29 May to 3.00pm Tuesday 30 May 2017.  We anticipate strong attendance from central and local government, business and NGOs.

We are pleased to offer the first 100 registrations to LGNZ members at no cost, which we would encourage councils to take-up on the basis of up to two delegates per council.  Once these registrations are full we will offer additional places at a small cost to cover event costs.


Keynote sessions include...

Presentations and panel speakers will include local government leaders, iwi, primary sector leaders, environmental NGOs and an international keynote speaker David Maidment.

  • What are the strategic issues around freshwater for New Zealand, local government and its communities
  • What do successful partnerships between iwi and local government look like?
  • How does New Zealand’s water resource stack up in a global context?
  • What do increased water standards mean for communities?
  • How local government is meeting the challenges around freshwater
  • How is the primary sector getting on the ground behaviour change
  • How can technology and data from different sectors provide between management of water
  • Freshwater management in election year – what is the freshwater story being communicated by the media?
  • What are the game changers to achieving better water management?



Day one - Monday 29 May 2017




Refreshments on arrival

1.00 – 1.30



Welcome and opening comments – What are the strategic issues around fresh water for New Zealand, local government and its communities

Lawrence Yule, President, Local Government New Zealand  

Doug Leeder, Chair, Regional Sector, Local Government New Zealand   

1.30 – 2.00

Te Mana o te Wai: How will we implement this together?

Successful partnerships are needed to get good outcomes for iwi and for water

Tina Porou, Ngati Porou and Ngati Tuwharetoa descent is a technician for the Iwi Leaders Group on Natural Resources and runs Poipoia an environmental consultancy that serves communities and the environment through a kaitiakitanga lens.

2.00 – 2.30


The Government's work programme for 2017

Hon Dr Nick Smith, Minister for the Enviroment

2.30 – 3.00


Meeting the challenge of improving water quality

Landcorp CEO, Steven Carden

3.00 – 3.30 


3.30  – 4.15




What do increased water standards mean for communities? 

How do we integrate the 3 Waters?  Is it affordable and who pays?  And what about climate change?

Panel: Lawrence Yule, John Pfahlert (CEO, Water NZ),  Andrew Chin, Auckland Council

Facilitator   Rachel Reese, Mayor Nelson CC 

4.15 – 5.00



How local government is meeting the challenges around fresh water

Panel David Bedford ECaN, Vaughan Payne, Waikato RC, Helen Beaumont, Head of Strategic Policy, Christchurch CC, Matt Conway, Partner, Simpson Grierson

Facilitator Doug Leeder, Chair, Regional Sector    


Cash bar and canapes


Day two - Tuesday 30 May 2017



8.30 – 9.30




The primary sector – getting on the ground behaviour change

How is the primary sector getting on the ground behaviour change to meet the challenge of improving fresh water?

Panel:  Chris Keenan, HortNZ; Andrew Curtis, CEO Irrigation NZ; Adrian Brocksopp, Project Manager Catchment Engagement, Dairy NZ; William Rolleston, President, Federated Farmers; Alice Bradley, Water Directorate, Ministry for the Environment

Facilitator: Brian Hanna, Mayor Waitomo District Council  

9.30 – 10.15



Quality data is fundamental to water management – connecting land with water

How data and large scale computation can support better management of water – towards a National Water Model for New Zealand

Professor David Maidment, University of Texas     

10.15 – 11.00 


11.00 - 11.30

Fresh water management – challenges for New Zealand, for local government and for the key sectors

Sir Peter Gluckman, Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor 

11.30 – 12.15


How do we tell the real fresh water story and get our communities focused on the change ahead?

Media commentators: Colin James and Mark Blackham  

12.15 – 12.45


12.45  – 1.15

Government work programme for 2017 - drilling into the detail

Jane Frances, Deputy Secretary, National Resources Policy, Ministry for the Environment

1.15 – 2.00


What are the game changers to achieving better water management?

Panel: Kevin Hackwell, Forest and Bird; Bruce Thorrold, Strategy & Investment Leader, Dairy NZ; Roku Mihinui of Te Arawa descent, Adviser to the Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group; Dave Harrison, General Manager, Market Access, Beef + Lamb New Zealand

Facilitator Bill Bayfield

2.00 – 2.45



Science is key to improving our fresh water

Where should Science focus its effort to improve our fresh water? A national overview and a regional focus.

Professor David Maidment, University of Texas

Our Land and Water Challenge, Dr Mike Beare, Science Group Leader, Plant & Food Research

Environment Southland's Regional Science Challenge, Rachael Millar, Science Manager, Environment Southland

2.45 – 3.00 

Closing comments

Doug Leeder, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Chair, Regional Sector, LGNZ

Lawrence Yule, President, LGNZ


 Thank you to our sponsors

DairyNZ NoStrap RGB




Mac's Function Centre, Taranaki St, Wellington


Clare Wooding, Principal Policy Advisor, LGNZ