Message from the RMLA President – March 2018

Tēnā koutou katoa

Your National Committee has a busy work programme for 2018. We are most visible with our robust road show schedule and our annual conference (this year called Transform or Reform).  Minister Parker’s speech to members next week is a road show which has captured members’ attention.  Somewhere between 300-400 members have registered for his presentation – a record for a roadshow event – with people attending in Wellington and via livestreaming on the internet.

We also get great feedback about the value you place on RMLA’s publications.  So, for a change, I wanted to bring to your attention to some of the less visible work on our publications.  We are committed to increasing our support for the wide team of people who deliver these high quality publications and we’re seeking to involve more members in their creation.

Professor Jacinta Ruru is the editor of our Resource Management Theory & Practice Journal.  RMT&P is our stellar academic publication which is cited internationally and includes longer form academic publications from our conferences, RMLA lectures and papers associated with scholarships that we have awarded.  Professor Ruru has refreshed the RMT&P editorial board and is enthusiastic about the quality of content anticipated for the 2018 edition.  If you want to place your order for it please contact Karol Helmink – karol.helmink@rmla.org.nz.

I’m pleased to advise that Bronwyn Carruthers is the new editor of our Resource Management Journal and also co-ordinates input on our other publications.  Bronwyn is supported by a strong Editorial Committee, all of whom are excited to work with Young RMLA members on case notes and will be reaching out to our regional branches for regular contributions to these publications which are showcased on our website.

A different type of publication that we sponsor is the Quality Planning website.  I know members have found it a useful tool since the website launched in 2001.  We can confirm that the RMLA will be working with the Ministry for the Environment and other QP partners to update the QP website to ensure that it reflects all of the latest reforms. As the Association for the Resource Management Practitioners, we are proud to have a multi-disciplinary membership.  In the next few months we will be seeking member input into these resources from a wide range of specialist areas.  Your support will ensure this website will continue to be valuable to both members and the public.

Finally, it is with regret that I advise that our communications manager Rikki Stancich has decided to pursue a full-time career in sustainability and so is leaving the RMLA.  Rikki Stancich has done a wonderful job over the last two years rebranding, refreshing and raising RMLA’s profile. We will continue to build on that work, to promote the implementation of best practice in environmental law, planning and policy through education, debate and commentary, both within our membership and beyond.

Noho ora mai,

Rachel Devine.

President – RMLA