Short biographies of conference speakers
Key note speaker: Raewyn Peart
As Policy Director, Raewyn Peart, Policy Director, Environmental Defence Society, currently heads EDS’s environmental policy think-tank group. She has over 20 years professional experience in environmental law and policy having worked as a resource management lawyer and policy adviser to business, government and the not-for-profit sector. For more than two decades, Raewyn’s work has focused on landscape protection, coastal development and marine management in New Zealand. She has written numerous papers, research reports and guidance material on these issues. Raewyn has been a leader in promoting the introduction of marine spatial planning to New Zealand and was a member of the collaborative Stakeholder Working Group which successfully prepared the first marine spatial plan in New Zealand for the Hauraki Gulf. She is currently undertaking a project distilling the lessons learnt from the Hauraki Gulf project and looking at how marine spatial planning can best be applied elsewhere in New Zealand. Raewyn is also leading EDS’s Resource Management Law Reform project. She is investigating future management options for aquaculture alongside these projects.
Key note speaker: Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley
Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley is the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University. He has been involved in some major research projects on immigration and diversity in New Zealand, including Capturing the Diversity Dividend of Aotearoa New Zealand (2014-2020). He is the author or editor of 27 books ranging from political extremism to the nature of work, and he was Ranginui Walker’s biographer (Mata Toa, Penguin). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Auckland War Memorial Museum. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California Berkeley.
Session: strategic assessment
Roger CA Maaka PhD, a Professor emeritus of Māori and Indigenous Studies who has worked at the Universities of Canterbury and Saskatoon, Canada, and the Eastern Institute of Technology(EIT). As a member of the Waitangi Tribunal he sat on the Indigenous Flora and Fauna enquiry, Wai 262, and he was among the group who first drafted the Mataatua Declaration to the UN on Indigenous Intellectual Property and Environmental concerns. Roger lives on his life style block in Takapau, Hawke’s Bay, and continues his interest in Indigenous Peoples and environmental issues as well as the treaty settlement development of his hapū.
Pip Wallace is the Convenor of the Environmental Planning programme at the University of Waikato and specialises in resource management law and practice. Pip’s research has a focus on examining the intersections between natural systems and regulatory frameworks and the implications of this for law and planning.
Stephen Swabey is Environmental Science Manager at Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. Trained as a hydrologist, geomorphologist and geochemist, Stephen has lectured in Geography and Physical Sciences at University of Auckland and University of Tasmania respectively; managed natural hazards and environmental science teams at Otago and Hawke’s Bay regional councils respectively; and coordinated the national climate change adaptation and natural hazards policy programmes at Ministry for the Environment. His previous role was managing software and database development to handle and process enormous volumes of spatial data. The last Environmental Impact Assessment he led was for a NZ$650M mineral sand mine, and associated new infrastructure including a processing plant, power station, railway, port, sand dune dredge, sewage treatment plant and water supply system in Senegal, West Africa.
Dyanna Jolly is from Whitebear First Nations in Saskatchewan, Canada. She has worked with iwi and hapū in Aotearoa New Zealand for the last 15 years on resource management matters, including preparing Iwi Environmental Management Plans and Cultural Impact Assessments (CIA). She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Otago, exploring iwi/hapū experiences with CIA and evaluating the extent to which the tool is contributing to treaty-based impact assessment.
Stephen Daysh has wide environmental consulting and management experience in New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific. He has considerable experience working with clients in all fields of environmental planning, and in the management and co-ordination of multi-disciplinary professional service teams for major projects. His primary specialty is the project management of feasibility studies, environmental investigations and permitting processes for energy and infrastructure facilities, and urban developments. He is a certified Commissioner Chair under the Ministry for Environment ‘Making Good Decisions’ programme and regularly sits as a decision maker in this capacity. Stephen is also a process and meeting facilitator with a focus in co-ordinating community-based option assessment processes for planning issues, often utilising multi-criteria evaluation methodologies. Stephen is the founding director of Environmental Management Services, which merged with Mitchell Partnerships Limited in 2016 to form Mitchell Daysh.
Nick Aiken is the NZ Sector Leader for all Environment disciplines at WSP Opus, and the Market Leader for all the company’s services to Local Government clients. He is a practicing Environmental Planner and Urban Designer; and an experienced certified Chair under the MfE Making Good Decisions RMA Commissioners programme. Nick is the Chair of the Central North Island Branch of the NZ Planning Institute, and sat on the NZ Urban Design Forum Committee for the 2-term maximum between 2014-2018. His technical work as a Planner and/or Urban Designer is typically associated with urban growth planning/design, visioning strategies, major infrastructure consenting, Plan-Review, stakeholder engagement, multi-modal transport corridor design, the CPTED approach to crime prevention, and optioneering approaches such as multi-criteria analysis (MCA). He has played a lead or significant design role on a series of award winning or acclaimed walkway-cycleway projects over the past three years.
Mary-Anne Baker (Hawke’s Bay Regional Council) has been working within the field of natural resource management for a great many years, starting first as a soil conservator for the Nelson Catchment Board. A period of working within both monitoring and resource consents management fields led eventually into a policy planning role. She has been involved with a range of challenging resource management issues at regional as well as national scales since then, including air quality, land use and development and freshwater management. Lately, she has been working with the TANK collaborative group for the Hawkes Bay Regional Council to assist them in developing a draft TANK Plan Change.
Tom Kay is Forest & Bird’s Regional Manager for the Hawkes Bay and Greater Wellington regions. Tom grew up in Napier and spent a huge amount of his (ongoing!) youth kayaking on the Mohaka River. Tom’s passion for white-water kayaking and rivers led him to train as a raft guide, gain a BSc in Environmental Science at Massey University, and pursue his current MSc (Ecology) research on the assessment of river habitat quality. Prior to working in his current role at Forest & Bird, Tom worked in the field for predator control research and development organisation Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP).
Elizabeth Heeg, Manager, Land Management Analysis, Te Uru Rākau (NZ Forestry), is a policy professional, who works in climate and forestry policy. She originally trained as an ecologist, earning a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington. After working for several years at QEII National Trust on private land protection and conservation, Elizabeth joined Ministry for Primary Industries. She now manages the Land Management Analysis team, which is responsible for the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry, the operation policy to support the Emissions Trading Scheme, and policy implementation and outreach to support MPI’s other forestry grants, schemes and programmes.
Chris Perley grew up in landscapes. His playgrounds were hills, streams, fields and woods. He studied forest ecology because of the sense experience of sitting within a complex forest. He was not taught about those qualitative feelings studying either forestry or agriculture. The quiet dissatisfaction grew while working to integrate the woodland ‘other’ into what were essentially colonial factory-type agricultural landscapes, and in his policy analysis career. He realised that the resource metrics (yields and such) were the consequences of a constraining mechanical worldview, and that worldview was marginalising the potential of our landscapes, including social and economic potential. His subsequent work was on the philosophy and research required to re-imagine our landscapes and land use systems, and our human place within them. He has an extensive background in land, community and regional economies in management practice, policy and research. He is an affiliated researcher for Otago University’s Centre for Sustainability, a member of Wise Response, and the youngest forester to be made a fellow of the NZ Institute of Forestry. He blogs at www.chrisperleyblog.com
Lisa Sharma-Wallace is a social scientist at Scion with a background in human geography and a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from York University, Canada. As part of her work in Scion’s MBIE-funded programme “Weaving the Korowai”, she has helped develop tools for more effective multi-party decision-making, including a serious game to introduce new ways of thinking to communities and government agencies.
James E. Rowe is a Senior Consultant with Economic Solutions Limited and the former Economic Development Manager for the Napier City Council. James has previously worked in Australia, Thailand, Kiribati and the USA. Dr. Rowe holds a Ph.D. in planning from the University of Auckland and master degrees from the University of Tennessee and the College of New Jersey. His most recent book, Understanding the Practice of Local Economic Development: An Alternative Theoretical Framework was published November 2014. He has published three other books, a book chapter and over 40 articles plus numerous book reviews in leading professional journals such as Town Planning Review, Applied Geography, Regional Science Policy and Practice, The Australian Planner, Local Economy, Urban Policy and Research, Applied Research in Economic Development, Landscape Planning, Industrial Development, Economic Geography, and Growth & Change. James is the current NZ VP of the Australia New Zealand Regional Science Association International.
Sue Ira is the Director of Koru Environmental and has a Master of Science (Environmental and Geographical Science) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She has long had a passion for sustainable water management, investigating ways of building resilience into stormwater management, and working with local communities. Sue has extensive experience in stormwater and project management, and in environmental education in South Africa, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Since coming to New Zealand in 2003, Sue worked at the former Auckland Regional Council prior to starting Koru Environmental.
Etienne Nel holds the position of Professor in Human Geography at the University of Otago. His research focuses on issues of local economic development, smalls towns, regional development and community development. His work has been primarily in New Zealand and Southern Africa. He has published over 100 articles and 11 books on these themes and currently leads a National Science Challenge research project looking at rural areas and small towns on New Zealand
Neil Miller is the Senior Policy Advisor for Engineering New Zealand (IPENZ) which is the peak professional body for engineers. Neil has extensive local government experience having worked as a policy advisor and team leader for city and district councils in Auckland, Palmerston North and the Far North. Neil worked with the DIA on advice to the previous Minister of Local Government about freedom camping regulation based upon the experiences of the Far North District.
Nick Taylor is a principal of Nick Taylor and Associates, previously a founding director of Taylor Baines & Associates. With a PhD from the University of Canterbury he has been involved since the early 1980s in development of approaches and techniques for social assessment and undertaken a wide variety of assessments for the public and private sector. He is active in social assessment networks and training including the New Zealand Association for Impact Assessment and the International Association for Impact Assessment, for which he was President 2009-10.
Marion Read has a PhD in Landscape Architecture from Lincoln University and a Masters of Resource and Environmental Planning with Honours from Massey. From 2005 to 2013 she worked for Lakes Environmental, and its predecessor Civic Corp, both organisations charged with the planning and regulatory work for Queenstown Lakes District Council, as a Landscape Planner. From 2013 to 2017 she was self-employed doing similar work in Queenstown Lakes and Southland Districts, and within Dunedin City, retiring from this work at the beginning of this year. In these capacities she worked primarily in the assessment of resource consent applications and more recent years in landscape planning policy work. She has undertaken many appearances as an expert witness in both Council hearings and in the Environment Court.