LGNZ symposium: Freshwater 2017

LGNZ was delighted to host 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 was: 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 was held in Wellington at MAC’s Conference Centre on Monday 29 May and Tuesday 30 May 2017.  There was strong attendance from central and local government, business and NGOs.



Monday 29 May 2017

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   

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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.

The Government's work programme for 2017

Hon Dr Nick Smith, Minister for the Enviroment

Meeting the challenge of improving water quality

Landcorp CEO, Steven Carden

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 

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    


Tuesday 30 May 2017

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  

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    

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Click here to view his presentation “Towards a National Water Model for New Zealand”

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

Sir Peter Gluckman, Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor 

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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  

Government work programme for 2017 - drilling into the detail

Martin Workman, Director Water, Ministry for the Environment

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

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.

Richard Kempthorne, Mayor, Tasman District Council

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

Closing comments

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

Lawrence Yule, President, LGNZ


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