Councillors

Our governing body of 13 councillors focuses on the big picture and on region-wide strategic decisions. Following the local government elections in October 2016, a council of part-elected, part-appointed members took office, replacing Government-appointed commissioners who had been in place for six years.  

councillors@ecan.govt.nz 
  0800 266 567

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Ecan David Bedford

David Bedford

Chair

Throughout my career, I have gained extensive experience in human resources and change management, and in the senior management of large enterprises. I was Chief Operating Officer, Australia for Telecom before retiring in 2003, and previously held senior management roles in Telecom New Zealand and the former Electricity Corporation of New Zealand.

My experience in corporate management and my ability to manage culture change programmes to improve service delivery in large organisations is of particular relevance at Environment Canterbury. I have served as an appointed Commissioner prior to becoming a Councillor.

My family owns and operates a small vineyard in Waipara, North Canterbury. I am a former Chair of Enterprise North Canterbury, the economic development agency for the Waimakariri and Hurunui District Councils. 

Portfolios 

  • Regional Leadership
  • Urban Development/Transport 

Committee and Co-Governance Membership

  • Regional Transport Committee (Chair)
  • Te Waihora Co-Governance (Co-Chair)
  • Greater Christchurch Public Transport Committee
  • Urban Development Strategy Implementation Committee

  david.bedford@ecan.govt.nz 
  027 423 2283

Ecan David Caygill

Hon David Caygill, CNZM

My governance experience includes Chair of the ACC, Chair of the Electricity Commission, Chair of the Education New Zealand Trust, Chair of the Advisory Committee on Official Statistics, Deputy Chair of the Commerce Commission and Board member of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority.

In 2011 I led the panel established to review the operation and effectiveness of the New Zealand Emissions trading Scheme, and served as an appointed Commissioner for Environment Canterbury.

I had three terms as a Christchurch City Councillor and six terms as a Member of Parliament, holding Ministerial portfolios in Health, Trade and Industry, and Finance, before reverting to the law as a partner in Buddle Findlay. 

I bring a background in politics at both local and national levels as well as governance skills. My work in the electricity sector will be relevant when working through the issues of water allocation.

Portfolios

  • Urban Development/Transport
  • CWMS/Water

Committee and Co-Governance Membership

  • Greater Christchurch Public Transport Committee
  • Ashburton Zone Water Management Committee

  david.caygill@ecan.govt.nz 
  027 432 5228

Ecan Cranwell Iaean

Iaean Cranwell

Ko te Ūpoko o Tahumatā te mauka
Ko Ōkana te awa
Ko Wairewa te roto
Ko Uruao te waka
Ko Makō te whare tupuna
Ko Te Rōpūake te whare kai
Ko Kāti Irakehu, Kāti Kurī, Kāti Makō kā hapū
Ko Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe, Kāi Tahu kā iwi
Ko Iaean Cranwell tōku ikoa

Iaean’s whakapapa is to the Kāti Irakehu, Kāti Kurī and Kāti Makō hapū of Kāi Tahu. He is self-employed and the director of Puaka Ltd. He has been involved in the restoration of Te Roto o Wairewa and its surrounding takiwā. He was a member of the CWMS Banks Peninsula Zone Committee from inception.

He lives in Ōtautahi with his wife and their two children.

Iaean is passionate about the protection and restoration of waterways, particularly as it relates to Kāi Tahu mahika kai species and practices, and is also heavily involved in competing in, organising and promoting waka ama (outrigger canoeing), recently competing at the World Championships in Australia.

Portfolios

  • CWMS/Water
  • Biosecurity/biodiversity, 
  • Planning, Consents and Compliance

Committee and Co-Governance Membership

  • Selwyn Waihora Zone Water Management Committee

  iaean.cranwell@ecan.govt.nz 

Ecan Rod Cullinane

Rod Cullinane

Rod is concerned about the significant and ongoing degradation of Canterbury's waterways and is well qualified for that - possessing a unique set of business and environmental skills.

He is a qualified Lawyer and Accountant, with wide experience as a senior executive in business. As General Manager of North Canterbury Fish & Game he has a unique understanding of, and passion for, our environment. With the dramatic deterioration of our waterways and habitat he believes land use intensification has come at too high a price. The state of our waterways is not given priority. The severely reduced flows of water in our rivers and streams are not just the result of lack of rainfall - irrigation has been over allocated. Nutrient pollution and poor compliance monitoring are also issues that need to be addressed. Rod believes our waterways must be swimmable not wadeable, that water is a finite resource and must be sustainably managed.

Portfolios

  • Long Term Plan
  • Natural Hazards

Committee and Co-Governance Membership

  • Performance, Audit and Risk Committee (Chair)
  • Regional Water Management Committee

  rod.cullinane@ecan.govt.nz 
  027 280 8192

Ecan Elizabeth Cunningham

Elizabeth Cunningham

Elizabeth Cunningham (Ngāi Tahu/Ngāti Mutunga) was appointed in August 2015 as a representative of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

She has a wide variety of business and governance experience, including business consultancy and managing health research at the University of Otago. She also had an extensive career in Maori health management for the Canterbury District Health Board’s previous entities, the Southern Regional Health Authority and the Health Funding Authority, and was a ministerial appointed member of the Canterbury District Health Board from 2008–13. Elizabeth Cunningham was an elected member of Environment Canterbury for three years from 2004.

Elizabeth comes from Port Levy and is a director of Koukourarata Development Corporation, is a registered Resource Management Act Commissioner, Justice of the Peace, a life member and president of the Rapaki Branch Maori Women’s Welfare League and the Chair of the South Island Maori Cancer Leadership group.

Portfolios

  • Tuia
  • Natural Hazards

Committee and Co-Governance Membership

  • Regulation Hearing Committee
  • Te Waihora Co-Governance
  • Banks Peninsula Zone Water Management Committee

  021 272 1446

Ecan Tom Lambie

Tom Lambie, ONZM

I bring a long history of involvement in farming politics and with the farming sector, and was National President of Federated Farmers from 2002-2005. My close association with the development of the Opuha Water Storage Dam developed the experience I bring to Environment Canterbury, with an in-depth understanding of the economic and environmental benefits of good water management and a collaborative community process.

I farm a 415 hectare dairy farm at Pleasant Point South Canterbury. I am also a former Chancellor of Lincoln University and Chair of Opuha Water Limited. Until recently, I have been a trustee of the Todd Foundation and of Motu Trust, and Hikurangai Foundation. 

Portfolios

  • Biosecurity/biodiversity, 
  • Planning, Consents and Compliance

Committee and Co-Governance Membership

  • Regulation Hearing Committee
  • Christchurch West Melton Zone Water Management Committee

  tom.lambie@ecan.govt.nz 
  027 230 2414

Ecan Lowndes Steve

Steve Lowndes

Deputy Chair

I undertake to continue to work towards a sustainable future where farming activity works in concert with the environment and does not degrade it through inadequate monitoring and enforcement. I have been closely involved with the Canterbury Water Management Strategy for the last five years at a local and regional level.

Public transport in Christchurch fails to attract new patrons. I undertake to seek ways to provide a low carbon, wifi enabled, public transport system, bus and rail, that reflects people's needs.

Climate change will be a major focus for the new Council. We are already dealing with the consequences of a warming planet and policies and strategies are needed now. I undertake to keep climate change front and centre of future thinking.

Experience in local government and other environmental agencies provides the context for me to make a positive contribution to Environment Canterbury's transition to full democracy in 2019.

Portfolios

  • Urban Development/Transport
  • CWMS/Water
  • Air 

Committee and Co-Governance Membership

  • Greater Christchurch Public Transport Committee
  • Kaikoura Zone Water Management Committee

  steve.lowndes@ecan.govt.nz 
  027 668 0136

Ecan McKay Claire

Claire McKay

I stand for a common sense approach to regulations, with achievable timeframes for practical solutions to be implemented. This will drive outcomes that result in a healthy environment for us all.

I have a diverse range of skills and experience with a background as a veterinarian, farmer and business owner. I have been involved with the Canterbury Water Management Strategy locally and regionally.

I am approachable, an effective communicator, committed to transparent and consultative engagement and problem solving that achieves fair and constructive results.

Balancing social, cultural, and economic values with responsible environmental objectives is a key issue, requiring the style of leadership I will bring to Environment Canterbury. I am well qualified to ensure community views are advocated at the council table with integrity and in a professional manner. My ability to empathise, think critically and be forward looking, will ensure effective representation, reasoned decision making and good governance.

Portfolios

  • CWMS/Water

Committee and Co-Governance Membership

  • Performance, Audit and Risk Committee
  • Waimakariri Zone Water Management Committee
  • Regional Water Management Committee

  claire.mckay@ecan.govt.nz 
  027 486 4023

Ecan Pham Lan

Lan Pham

I am a freshwater ecologist who believes that putting the health of our people and planet above short-term considerations will enable our society and economy to thrive.

I direct a charitable organisation called Working Waters Trust, that works alongside farmers, schools, Runanga and community groups across Canterbury, Otago and Southland to restore the habitats of New Zealand’s most endangered native freshwater fish.

Clean waterways and swimmable rivers aren’t simply a “nice to have”; they are essential to healthy communities. We need greater enforcement on resource consent breaches and stronger policy to ensure our polluted waterways get cleaned up. This will help create a thriving, resilient Canterbury economic based on high value goods and services and a genuine “clean, green” New Zealand brand.

I’m committed to policy that provides for the needs of future citizens, which means addressing climate change and investing in modern, world class public transport, and I am working to deliver an environmental legacy we can all be proud of. 

This council exists to represent you. Talk to us, inform us and engage with us to ensure we’re making the best possible decisions for Canterbury.

Portfolios

  • CWMS/Water
  • Planning, Consents and Compliance
  • Natural Hazards

Committee and Co-Governance Membership

  • Regulation Hearing Committee
  • Performance, Audit and Risk Committee
  • Orari Temuka Opihi Pareora Zone Water Management Committee

  Lan.pham@ecan.govt.nz 

Ecan Roberts Cynthia

Dr Cynthia Roberts

Kia ora! I am delighted to serve as one of your councillors.   I bring to this role my scientific training in ecology (PhD UTAS; M.Appl.Sci 1st class hons Lincoln) and the experience of working as a Science Advisor for the Department of Conservation in the Waikato.

My environmental, business and management understanding have been additionally strengthened through running an ecotourism adventure company for 10 years; as a teacher; a manager (HOD Special Programmes, Christchurch Polytechnic); as a parent and as a community volunteer (e.g. RD Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust and Christchurch 360 Trail).

I am committed to working as a Treaty Partner, of living sustainably and working collaboratively. My ten years living in a sustainable urban community (Creekside Community) in Christchurch is a demonstration of this commitment.

The knowledge, skills and qualities required to address the complex environmental challenges tasked by Environment Canterbury to solve are extensive.

As an ECan councillor I relish being part of a team that works to build flourishing communities and businesses and find smarter, sustainable solutions to problems of clean water, clean air and clean transport. 

Portfolios

  • Urban Development/Transport
  • Biosecurity/biodiversity
  • Planning, Consents and Compliance

Committee and Co-Governance Membership

  • Urban Development Strategy Implementation Committee
  • Hurunui Waiau Zone Water Management Committee

  cynthia.roberts@ecan.govt.nz 
  021 123 1060

Ecan Scott Peter

Peter J Scott

I have a thorough understanding of farming in this region and a deep appreciation for the resources we need to protect.

South Canterbury's economy depends on its highly developed farmland, but over the past two decades some of our most precious assets have been poorly allocated. Reduced flows in coastal streams have threatened the health of our ecosystem. My family has been farming in South Canterbury since 1865. I have the knowledge and passion to give back to my community.

I have been working with others to establish the Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS) since 2008 and I firmly believe I can initiate informed change, particularly concerning water management.

The CWMS identified 10 target areas that reflect community views on the management of our water. I can provide the strong governance and leadership needed for successful change, now and into the future. 

Portfolios

  • Urban Development/Transport
  • CWMS/Water
  • Air

Committee and Co-Governance Membership

  • Regional Transport Committee
  • Performance, Audit and Risk Committee
  • Lower Waitaki Zone Water Management Committee

  peter.scott@ecan.govt.nz 
  027 491 6413

Ecan Peter Skelton

Professor Peter Skelton, CNZM

Peter Robert Skelton is a former Environment Court Judge. He is currently an Environment Canterbury Councillor with portfolio responsibilities for all planning and resource management processes. He was a member of the Technical Advisory Group appointed by the Government in 2011 to review sections 6 and 7 of the Resource Management Act 1991 and to advise on improved legislative provisions for natural hazard planning.

From 2000 to 2005 he was the Associate Professor of Resource Management Law at Lincoln University and on retirement from that position he was appointed an Honorary Professor. He was the first Chair of the Environmental Legal Assistance Advisory Panel and is an Honorary Life Member of the Resource Management Law Association; and the New Zealand Legal Research Foundation. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand. In the 2001 New Years’ Honours List he was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to Environmental Law and in 2016 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Natural Resources by Lincoln University.

Portfolios

  • Urban Development/Transport
  • Planning, Consents and Compliance

Committee and Co-Governance Membership

  • Regulation Hearing Committee (Chair)
  • Urban Development Strategy Implementation Committee
  • Te Waihora Co-Governance

  peter.skelton@ecan.govt.nz 

Ecan Sunckell John

John Sunckell

I am a third generation farmer from Leeston, coming from a family with a long record of involvement in the community.   Throughout my career I have maintained this tradition through operational and administrative roles within St John Ambulance in Selwyn Central, as well as participating in and leading many other sports and community groups.

More recently I have been a Selwyn/Waihora Zone committee member and an integral part of the community engagement that has led to the development of the Selwyn/Waihora sub regional chapter. Through this engagement I have developed an enhanced understanding of both the emotional attachment people have with water and a very good understanding of the science.

My strong community focus along with an extensive knowledge of water management and agriculture will enable me to be a strong governor representing Mid Canterbury.

Portfolios

  • Civil Defence and Emergency Management
  • Natural Hazards

Committee and Co-Governance Membership

  • Performance, Audit and Risk Committee
  • Upper Waitaki Zone Water Management Committee
  • Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group

  john.sunckell@ecan.govt.nz 
  027 424 3006 (03) 324 3931