New President for Te Kahu Ture Taioa / The Association for Resource Management Practitioners


Sally Gepp, a barrister specialising in environmental law and based in Nelson, was elected President of the Association for Resource Management Practitioners (RMLA) at the Association’s first meeting of its incoming committee.

Sally has practised as a barrister sole specialising environmental law since 2019, following nine years with environmental NGO Forest & Bird.  She has appeared as counsel in a number of high profile cases including in relation to the Ruataniwha Dam and the proposed East West Link.  Sally was a trustee of the Biodiversity Collaborative Group tasked by the Minister for the Environment with developing a draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity.  She is a member of the New Zealand Conservation Authority.

Sally has been a member of the Association’s National Committee since 2017, holding the position of Secretary on the executive for the last two years.  Sally has also been a convenor of the RMLA Knowledge Hub portfolio, Legislation portfolio and Publications and Communication Portfolio. As a member of the Executive, Sally automatically holds the Strategic Relations/Courts portfolio. Sally has presented at several RMLA events, most recently on wetland regulations.

The Association, which represents professionals from a wide range of disciplines, plays an important role in all aspects of resource management and aims to promote within New Zealand an understanding of resource management law and its implementation in a multi-disciplinary framework; excellence in resource management policy and practice; resource management processes which are legally sound, effective and efficient and which produce high quality environmental outcomes.

With wide-ranging reform of the resource management system underway, this is a time of significant change and growth for the organisation.  Sally brings a diverse and extensive range of experience which will ensure she makes a positive contribution at the helm of the Association over the coming year.

For further information or membership inquiries, please contact the Association’s Executive Officer, Karol Helmink by email: karol.helmink@rmla.org.nz