LIVESTREAM : Implementation Road Show


The RMLA Canterbury event is being livestreamed for all of those who live in another region, and cannot attend one of the in-person events. You may watch this live at 3:45pm on 7 May 2021, or view at a later date to suit.  The link to the livestream will be emailed to you prior to the event.

The purpose of the RMLA’s implementation National Road show is to focus on how to successfully apply new environmental and planning law on the ground and create a better future.  Each panel will take a deep dive into critical factors for successful implementation and fresh perspectives for implementation approaches under a new environmental management system, drawing on local knowledge and experience to generate ideas of national application.

Resource management reform is currently front of mind for all practitioners, and also for many members of the public.  The conversation so far has been heavily focused on the design of new legislation; the words on the page. However, the failure of the RMA to live up to expectations cannot just be chalked down to the statutory framework.  Implementation failure is a key contributor, some consider the main contributor.  Some of the current regime’s central features – like environmental limits and Te Ao Māori concepts – are also areas where implementation is most challenging.  And these concepts are signalled to have an increased role under the new law.  This means that if implementation is not tackled in parallel to preparing new legislation there is a real risk we will continue to see poor outcomes for the natural environment and development alike.

Format – a link to the livestream will be sent to you prior to the event

3:45pm-4:45pm panel discussion

Speakers have been carefully selected across the country to provide a range of perspectives, from senior practitioners with extensive experience, through to rising stars at the middle of their career who will be tasked with implementing and interpreting the new system.


Lan Pham

Lan was the highest polling candidate elected to Environment Canterbury Regional Council 2016, following a campaign from the remote Raoul Island in the Kermadecs on prioritising the health of our people and planet; and again for her Ōhoko/Central Christchurch ward in 2019.  Her background is in Freshwater Ecology (MSc) and it was her introduction to New Zealand’s quirky and unique, but increasingly rare native fish that first got her engaged in environmental issues.  She is the founder and Trustee of Working Waters Trust, a freshwater restoration and education trust which works alongside communities across Canterbury, Otago and Southland to restore the habitats of New Zealand’s most endangered freshwater fish and raise their profile. Lan is passionate about intergenerational issues – placing climate change at the centre of decision making, improving social wellbeing and building resilience and the intrinsic value of nature into environmental management.  Lan is a member of LGNZ’s Policy Advisory Group and the New Zealand Freshwater Science Society and is a certified Resource Management Act commissioner.

Sam Lang 

For the last five years Sam has been highly involved in the biological/regenerative agriculture community, since completing a Nuffield Scholarship in 2016. Sam manages the Quorum Sense Extension Project which is a farmer to farmer learning network focused on developing regenerative farm systems.  He is also a hill country farmer from Hawke’s Bay, now farming in the foothills near Sheffield, and has a background in environmental science and climate change.

Dy Jolly

Dy is from Whitebear First Nations in Saskatchewan, Canada. She has 15 years’ experience working with iwi and hapū preparing iwi management plans and cultural impact assessments, and supporting councils and resource consent applicants to design and implement engagement processes. Dy is currently completing her PhD at the University of Otago, looking at how far cultural impact assessments go to deliver outcomes Māori define as positive.

Lauren Semple

Lauren is a partner at GreenwoodRoche and has 30 years’ experience in all aspects of the planning and consenting of large scale development projects using traditional two-step consenting processes, direct referral, purpose built urban regeneration legislation (Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011 and the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016) and advising on and drafting applications under the Covid-19 Recovery (Fast Track Consenting) Act 2020. Lauren is also engaged as one of a small number of practitioners retained by Kainga Ora to undertake its consenting work.


Madeleine Wright is an environmental barrister with experience in Courts of all levels, acting in precedent setting cases and for a range of clients.  She is also experienced at participating in national policy negotiations, and advising on and assisting with legislative processes.  Madeleine’s work is underpinned by a desire to see better outcomes on the ground for both the environment and Aotearoa’s communities – and so she can continue teaching her daughter Ngaia to surf and ski.

Natasha Garvan is a partner at Bell Gully in the environmental and resource management team. Her expertise includes providing strategic advice and consenting strategies for large scale projects, and implementing those strategies through plan change, designation, or consenting processes. She regularly appears as counsel at mediations and hearings. Natasha has an interest in “on the ground” initiatives which provide pathways to enhancing our environment in ways which add value to our economy. Natasha is recognised as a “Next Generation Partner” in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific for projects and resource management, and was included in NZ Lawyer’s inaugural “Rising Stars” list in 2020 which acknowledges up-and-coming starts in the legal profession who are committed to making a difference.

When: 07 May 2021

Time: 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

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