RMLA Queenstown : 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 (register on the Auckland event page)

  • 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)

  • 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 sessions will be livestreamed, so if you cannot attend in person, look for the relevant livestream registration page.


Ailsa Cain is the principal advisor of Kauati – a specialist policy and research consultancy based in Queenstown.

Rachael Zame, Senior Associate – Cooney Lees Morgan. Rachael specialises in resource management, environmental law and local government.  She regularly advises local authorities and private clients in relation to a wide range of matters including planning, consenting, regulatory and environmental issues.  She has a particular interest in freshwater matters and has recently been involved in Plan Change 10 relating to nutrient management of Lake Rotorua.

Philip Maw is the National Managing Partner of Wynn Williams and is a partner in the Resource Management and Environmental Law Team.  He is experienced in a wide range of resource management and local government matters, with particular expertise in freshwater management.   Philip is a leader in innovative approaches to dealing with freshwater management. Philip has been heavily involved in finding solutions to address water allocation and water quality issues, and in the application of various nutrient management tools in regional plans.  Having worked with regional and territorial authorities, Philip has extensive experience in the implementation of higher order policy documents, including the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management and its National Objectives Framework.


Martin Workman is a Chief Advisor at Ministry for the Environment, working mainly on freshwater, climate change and food system policy. He led the Essential Freshwater reform process and has worked at MfE and MPI in Wellington for the last 8 years. Before that Martin has had various roles in local government and central government focused on environmental management based in Nelson, Wellington and Northland.

Zane Moss – Zane grew up in rural Canterbury, where he developed a love of the outdoors, particularly hunting and fishing.  He’s been with Fish & Game for around 20 years, and is the Manager of the Southland Region. Like most within Fish & Game his role is diverse, but includes advocacy for habitat through RMA processes.  Zane’s observed significant deterioration in the health of freshwater ecosystems over his time with Fish & Game but is optimistic that with increasing public recognition of freshwater issues and increasing political will, we may be turning a corner.

Kim Reilly is the South Island Regional Policy Manager for Federated Farmers.  She has been in that role since 2012, covering national, local and regional issues that fall under the RMA, along with other Local Government matters. Kim is from a proud Otago farming background, has a law degree from University of Otago, and has been working with the RMA since 2011. She leads Federated Farmers policy on RM Reform, Biodiversity and Crown Pastoral Land Reform. Kim is a Member of the Biodiversity Collaborative Group.

Facilitator – Rob Enright

When: 01 June 2021

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Where: Crowne Plaza

Download to calendar

Loading Map....


Bookings are closed for this event.