RMLA Auckland : Fresh thinking on Freshwater


The new National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management and National Environmental Standard for Freshwater require practitioners to re-conceptualise the place of water and ecosystems, with implications for how we manage land, waterbodies and receiving environments to improve freshwater health.  From farming to provision of stormwater infrastructure to land use in or near wetlands, everyone whose practice touches on freshwater management will need to be aware of the requirements of these instruments and associated changes to the RMA.

RMLA/Te Kahui Ture Taiao is pleased to present a two part seminar and livestream that will examine some of the issues arising out of the NES and NPS.  These seminars will include the opportunity for questions and discussions.

Each session will cover different aspects of freshwater management.  Sessions will be held in Queenstown and Auckland and will address:

Auckland lunchtime session – Wednesday 19 May @ 12 pm (includes a light lunch)

  • Management of point source discharges in an urban environment
  • Wetlands – definitions, recent case law, guidance

Queenstown session – Tuesday 1 June @ 4 pm (followed by drinks and nibbles) – register on the Queenstown event page

  • Timing for implementing the NPSFM 2020, and relationship with other national direction
  • An understanding of the fundamental concept of Te Mana o Te Wai, and its articulation in Southland
  • Management of diffuse discharges in a lake catchment context
  • Panel on farming matters including intensive winter grazing and Freshwater Farm Plans

Both Auckland and Queenstown sessions will be Livestreamed which have separate registration pages.


Sharon Dines is the Managing Principal and a Planner at Ramboll New Zealand. She has 20 years’ experience in environmental and resource management planning. She has worked for clients in the water, energy, agriculture, aggregates, manufacturing and government sectors throughout New Zealand. Sharon has a particular interest and expertise in the management of water and water quality and has worked extensively in the evolving freshwater management framework in New Zealand. She has prepared inputs for MfE for national policy development, managed resource consent processes for water takes and discharges and represented clients in plan development processes in Council, Environment Court and Board of Inquiry processes in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Hawkes Bay, Canterbury and Southland.

Ian Boothroyd has over 25 years’ experience in environmental management, monitoring, policy development and assessment, auditing, research and decision-making in the New Zealand environment. Ian has carried out extensive ecological surveys and provided resource management advice to national, regional and local governments, SOEs, private business and community groups. Recently, he has provided advice to several Councils on biodiversity-related matters including biodiversity offsets.  Co-author of several national standards for freshwater and biodiversity management and monitoring in New Zealand. Ian has substantial experience as an expert witness and has appeared at many resource consent hearings and in the Environment Court. He is regularly called upon to provide independent expert testimony and is also an accredited and experienced environmental commissioner.  Ian has recently been appointed as a Freshwater Commissioner, and has been made a Fellow of the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

Sally Gepp is a barrister who specialises in resource management, environmental and conservation law.  As in-house counsel for Forest & Bird, and in her subsequent role at the bar, Sally has appeared in a number of proceedings relating to freshwater management from Whangārei to Invercargill. These include the Environment Court’s recent decision on the application of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 to the coastal marine area, and earlier case law relating to exclusions from wetland definitions and rules, as well as legal processes under the RMA and Conservation Act relating to the Tukituki Catchment Proposal (Ruataniwha Dam).  Sally was a participant and trustee of the Biodiversity Collaborative Group responsible for the draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity. She has regularly published articles on natural resource law.  Sally is an appointed member of Te Pou Atawhai Taiao o Aotearoa / the New Zealand Conservation Authority.


Michael Doesburg, Partner, Wynn Williams

When: 19 May 2021

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Where: Bell Gully

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