RMLA welcomes new National Committee members

RMLA is pleased to welcome three new members to its National Committee: Sheena Tepania, Consultant and Independent Hearings Commissioner; Alan Webb, Barrister, Quay Chambers; and Ben Farrell, Planner, John Edmonds + Associates.

Sheena is of Ngāti Kahu, Te Aupouri, Ngāti Kuri and Te Rarawa descent and has practised as a lawyer, lecturer and consultant specialising in Treaty issues, resource management and Māori land law.  Sheena currently works as a Consultant providing professional advice primarily focusing on kaupapa Māori encompassing law and environmental policy and planning.  She has been an Independent Hearings Commissioner since 2011. Sheena brings a high level of expertise in kaupapa Māori and environmental management from a te ao Māori (Māori worldview) perspective.

Alan has specialised in resource management and local government issues for the last 12 years, and has over 28 years of litigation experience including working at the Crown Solicitor’s office in Wellington, Russell McVeagh in Auckland and National Power PLC in London. Although based in Auckland, Alan provides services throughout New Zealand and advises on all aspects on environmental, resource management, local government, public law, administrative and enforcement issues.

Ben has enjoyed a varied career, working for Upper Hutt City Council, Boffa Miskell, New Zealand Wind Energy Association (NZWEA), Environment Southland and the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), and most recently, local planning firm John Edmonds + Associates. His experience ranges from RMA policy development at national, regional and local levels, to consenting Projects of National Significance and implementing the EPAs new functions under EEZA, through to local planning and project management.

With a new Executive and National Committee in place, the RMLA now looks forward to continuing to deliver a robust 2018 events and editorial calendar, and to delivering greater benefits for its members and the resource management profession as a whole.