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Regional Water Advisory Panel

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has established the Regional Water Advisory Panel to advise on regional issues which the Bay faces in implementing the Government’s National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management.

The Panel, made up of key stakeholders representing Māori, environmental, economic development, energy, forestry, agricultural and tourism interests, contribute their expertise to the way our region’s freshwater is managed.


Andrew Curtis - Irrigation New Zealand
Andrew Curtis is Chief Executive of Irrigation New Zealand, the industry body for irrigators and their service industries. Moving to New Zealand from England in 2001, he worked in the Hawke’s Bay horticultural industry before taking a land management role with Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, encouraging uptake of best practice for irrigation and cropping.

Anthony Olsen - Bay of Connections
Anthony Olsen is Chief Executive of Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust. He has more than 15 years’ experience in business and community development, focusing on environmental protection and development. He is a member of the Bay of Plenty Regional Economic Development Partnership, Co-Chair of the Māori Economic Development Advisory Group, and former Chair of the East Coast Bay of Plenty Conservation Board.

Chris Karamea Insley - Maori interests  
As a board director on a range of public, private, Māori and not-for-profit boards and trusts, Chris has years of management and leadership roles experience across a range of sectors including plantation forestry, farming, fishing, renewable energy sectors and Māori economic development. Chris has been advisor to Iwi on policy development for a number of years and has considerable knowledge and understanding of international and domestic climate change policy development.

Chris Keenan - Water Matters
Chris Keenan is a consultant who works closely with the horticultural industry, providing strategic oversight in developing a response to water quality and quantity issues. He manages development of best practice in freshwater management, is involved in the Land and Water Forum and is a member of the Government-led National Objectives Framework Reference Group and regional panels. 

Corina Jordan - Beef + Lamb New Zealand 
Corina is the Environment Policy Manager (North Island) for Beef + Lamb New Zealand and she has more than ten years freshwater ecology and natural resource management experience. Her specialist areas are freshwater ecology and developing policy to sustainably manage land and water resources. Her work includes developing water quality and quantity standards and limits to safeguard ecosystem health and processes, and establishing management frameworks for farming within limits.

Eben Herbert - Fish and Game
Eben Herbert is a Rotorua Resource Management/Habitats Officer at Eastern Fish and Game Council. He represents the interests of anglers and hunters in statutory planning processes, and advocates for the Council. He is also involved in wetland habitat management and enhancement, and game bird population monitoring programmes.

Justine Young - DairyNZ 
Justine is the Senior Policy Advisor at DairyNZ and provides strategic and policy advice on regional land and water initiatives that affect dairy farmers in the north island of New Zealand. She has many years’ experience in natural resource policy development and has a particular interest in freshwater limit setting, collaboration and co-governance.

Kit Richards - PF Olsen
Kit Richards is the Environment Manager for PF Olsen, a fellow of the NZ Institute of Forestry, and was NZ Forester of the Year in 2008. His work includes environmental management, systems development and implementation, forest ecology, integrated management and commercial forest management. He has represented forestry interests on the Rotorua Lakes targeted rating committee, Nitrogen Trading Study Group, and Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Land Use Futures Committee.

Linda Conning - Consultant
Linda Conning is an environmental consultant specialising in planning with experience of regional water planning in both Northland and the Bay of Plenty. She is also a partner in an Eastern Bay of Plenty orchard. Linda is a member of the Rangitāiki-Tarawera Rivers Liaison Group, a Member of the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust and a Distinguished Life Member of Forest and Bird.

Michel Dedual - Department of Conservation
For more than 25 years, Michel has been working for the Department of Conservation as science advisor for the management of the Taupo Fishery. Representing the department, he has provided numerous evidences relating to environmental flows in court and also at the preparation of the National Environmental Standards for water quantity. He is a member of the expert panel for the assessment of the impacts of the Ohau Channel Diversion Wall on fisheries.

Nicola Foran - Trustpower Limited
Nicola is a Lead Environmental Advisor, responsible for Trustpower’s involvement in resource management and regulatory processes across New Zealand. She has a earth science degree, and is a qualified planner. Nicola has experience across the electricity generation industry, and has previously worked in resource management consulting and local government.

Philip Millichamp - Wood processing representative
Philip Millichamp is National Environmental Manager at Carter Holt Harvey Pulp and Paper, responsible for environment, sustainability and external relationships across the business. He previously worked for the Ministry for the Environment, managing a climate change policy team. He has experience across the private sector, Central Government, local government and Crown research sectors.

Rebecca Stirnemann - Forest and Bird
Rebecca is the Central North Island Regional Manager for Forest and Bird. She is an ecologist whose interests are in species interactions and climate change impacts. During the past ten years she has worked with a suite of species both nationally and internationally. More recently she worked as an environmental consultant assessing the environmental implications of large development consent applications.

Rick Powdrell - Federated Farmers
Rick Powdrell is the Federated Farmers National Meat & Fibre Chair, Board member and Bay of Plenty Provincial President. He is also the Te Puke Veterinary Service Chairman, and farms within the Kaituna Catchment. He has worked with the Regional Council on environmental works on his property, concentrating on water and soil protection, native area protection and controlling runoff.

Roku Mihi - Maori Interests 
Roku has gained experience in education, environmental development, social and legal services, policy development and treaty settlements. His years of engagement with central, regional and territorial authorities, has expanded his experience and understanding of these entities. Roku is a committee member of the Land and Water Forum, Iwi Leaders Technical Advisory Team, the Te Arawa Lakes Technical Advisory Group, groups that assist NIWA, SCION, RDC and Ministry of Social Development and a number of trusts.

Tanira Kingi - Anthony Olsen Alternative  
Tanira, whose background is in agricultural economics and land development, is the research leader in primary industry systems with Scion Research Ltd. Since 2010 he has worked closely with BOPRC, pastoral sector groups, local farmers and iwi on the development of frameworks to assist farmers reduce nutrient leaching into Lake Rotorua. Tanira chairs the Te Arawa Primary Sector Group, Te Arawa Management Ltd and Whakaue Farming Ltd and is also a member of the Lake Rotorua Incentives Board.