RMLA Auckland : Implementation Road Show


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.


5:00pm arrival and registration, followed by the panel discussion
Approx 6:15pm-7:00pm social time and informal discussion with the facilitators and panellists

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.


Lisa Tumahai 

Lisa is Kaiwhakahaere (Chair) Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, and Deputy Chair of the Climate Change Commission. For Lisa, whānau is and will always be paramount in her life. She is married to Francois Tumahai, and they are the passionately proud mum and dad of Chantal, Dane and Tamara.

Lisa is passionate about ensuring all Ngāi Tahu thrive and in supporting regional development opportunities and initiatives that enhance the wellbeing of Ngāti Waewae whānau. “I want to know that when I am gone that my mokopuna, and their mokopuna, are able to enjoy the spectacular natural environment and abundance of resources that our tīpuna left for us in Tai Poutini.”

Lisa has a unique insight about how to mobilise an entity towards strategies and targets. She also has established relationships with iwi and Māori and is helping to ensure the Climate Change Commission has a greater understanding of Te Ao Māori perspectives.

Andrew Schollum

Andrew is a resource management practitioner with over 16 years’ experience and expertise in policy analysis, governance and decision-making, the design and management of collaborative processes, and the translation of strategy into action.

Andrew has been deeply involved in the evolution of New Zealand’s framework for national direction under the Resource Management Act. While at the Ministry for the Environment Andrew led policy development on the National Policy Statement for Renewable Electricity Generation, was a member of the lead policy team for resource management reform programmes in 2009 and 2010, and then shifted his focus to freshwater policy through a secondment to the Land and Water Forum in 2011. Andrew continued to advise the Land and Water until it was dis-established in 2018 and during this time also helped establish the primary sector’s Land and Water Partnership.

From 2013 to 2017 Andrew worked with Martin Jenkins and Associates where he built and led the firm’s natural resources service line. In 2018 Andrew co-founded an environmental consultancy, Puhoi Stour, and shifted his focus to the use of science, media and digital technologies to revitalise resource management. Andrew co-designed and developed the Safeswim platform for Auckland Council and is currently providing strategic advice to the Joint Committee of the Kaipara Moana Remediation programme and He Waka Eke Noa.

Fiona Docherty Wright

Fiona Docherty Wright is the Head of Infrastructure Funding Agreements and Development Strategy at the Development Programme Office Auckland Council. She has 23 years’ experience in the development sector in the UK and NZ, and has worked in consultancy, Government and construction industry projects and roles.  In her 14 years in New Zealand, she has worked in Housing and Infrastructure from feasibility, delivery, and portfolio and programme management, moving more recently into strategic plan implementation.


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.

Please note this event is subject to being in Alert Level 1, and if not, may be held online or postponed until a later date.

When: 15 April 2021

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Where: Bell Gully

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