Councillors

Our governing body of 14 councillors focuses on the big picture and on region-wide strategic decisions. Following the local government elections in October 2019, a council of fully-elected members took office.

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 councillors@ecan.govt.nz 
  0800 266 567
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Jenny Hughey

Jenny Hughey

Christchurch North East/Ōrei - Chair

Jenny was elected unopposed as chair at the Council’s first meeting of the triennium.

Jenny has a master's degree in law and has spent 11 years in governance and community support and leadership roles at Christchurch City Council.

As well, she has previously been an Environmental Inquiry Commissioner, played a leadership role in the governance of the insurance industry/government resolution of earthquake claims service and the Styx River community project.

Her priorities are protecting our public health, freshwater and ecological systems, protecting the drinking water aquifers, reducing carbon emissions, working with farmers to explore regenerative agriculture and de-intensification of dairy farms.

 Councillor.Hughey@ecan.govt.nz

  027 347 8734

 Watch Jenny Hughey's opening speech.

Committees

  • Performance, Audit and Risk Committee
  • Chief Executive Employment, Performance and Remuneration Committee - Chair
  • Greater Christchurch Public Transport Joint Committee
  • Greater Christchurch Partnership Committee
  • Tuia
  • Te Waihora Co-Governance
Peter Scott

Peter J Scott

South Canterbury/Ōtuhituhi - Deputy Chair

Peter is a mixed-crop farmer and a returning Environment Canterbury Councillor.

He was Deputy Chair of the Council in the last triennium, and also had portfolio responsibilities for Air Quality, Regional Transport, and Freshwater.

Peter campaigned on a platform of providing focus and leadership.

Peter credits the progress the Council has made in the last term to strong governance and believes he has a significant role in helping the transition to the new Council.

 Councillor.Scott@ecan.govt.nz

  027 491 6413

Watch Peter J Scott's opening speech.

Committees

  • Chief Executive Employment, Performance and Remuneration Committee
  • Regional Transport Committee
  • Tuia
Claire McKay

Claire McKay

North Canterbury/Ōpukepuke

Claire is a returning Environment Canterbury Councillor and has previously been the lead councillor for the Freshwater portfolio.

Her professional career was as a veterinarian, before becoming a dairy farmer in Canterbury.

Claire campaigned on a platform of reasoned decision-making and good governance, building on achievements of the last three years, balancing social, cultural and economic values with responsible environmental objectives.

She believes in a common-sense approach to regulations with achievable timeframes for the implementation of practical solutions.

 Councillor.McKay@ecan.govt.nz

  027 486 4023

Watch Claire McKay's opening speech.

Committees

  • Performance, Audit and Risk Committee
  • Regulation Hearing Committee - Chair
  • Canterbury Regional Water Management (CWMS) Regional
  • CWMS Zone Committees - Hurunui- Waiau
Grant Edge

Grant Edge

North Canterbury/Ōpukepuke

Grant is a previous deputy chair of the Waimakariri Water Zone committee deputy chair.

A Landscape Architect with background in urban and rural design and planning, Grant campaigned on a platform of sensible forward-thinking governance with a necessarily urgent focus on dealing with climate change and water quality issues.

He believes the Canterbury region needs to action sustainable land management practices and environmental improvements.

He is interested in promoting special character of unique natural environments for growth in tourism and recreational opportunities.

 Councillor.Edge@ecan.govt.nz

  027 229 9529

Watch Grant Edge's opening speech.

Committees

  • Regulation Hearing Committee
  • Greater Christchurch Partnership Committee
  • Tuia
  • Greater Christchurch Partnership Committee - Kaikōura
  • Biosecurity Advisory Groups - North Canterbury
  • Canterbury Regional Water Management (CWMS) Zone Committee - Kaikōura
Ian Mackenzie

Ian Mackenzie

Mid-Canterbury/Ōpākihi

Ian has a family farming operation producing grain, seed, milk and meat and has protected wetlands providing habitat for Canterbury mudfish and other native fish and bird species.

He has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and has considerable experience in the politics and management of water.

He has had various roles with Federated Farmers at regional and national level, most recently with responsibilities in water, the environment and transport.

He has experience serving on different boards across a range of sectors.

Ian campaigned on a platform of being an Ashburton voice on the regional council, with an understanding of rural and urban environments able to advocate for water and the environment.

 Councillor.MackenzieI@ecan.govt.nz

  027 432 8329

Watch Ian Mackenzies's opening speech.

Committees

  • Performance, Audit and Risk Committee
  • Chief Executive Employment, Performance and Remuneration Committee
  • Tuia
  • Canterbury Regional Water Management (CWMS) Zone Committee - Ashburton
  • Biosecurity Advisory Groups - Central Canterbury
John Sunckell

John Sunckell

Mid-Canterbury/Ōpākihi

John is serving his second term as an Environment Canterbury Councillor. He is a farmer and is involved in emergency medicine as a St John Paramedic.

He has a Diploma in Agriculture, and more than 20 years’ involvement in water and environmental management.

John was previously Chair of the Performance, Audit and Risk Committee, Deputy Chair of the Canterbury Group Civil Defence, and portfolio Councillor for the Freshwater, Air Quality, and Hazards, Risk and Resilience portfolios.

John campaigned on a platform of continuing considered and effective decision-making with the experience and knowledge of how local government operates to achieve outcomes for the community.

 Councillor.Sunckell@ecan.govt.nz

  027 424 3006

Watch John Sunckell's opening speech.

Committees

  • Performance, Audit and Risk Committee - Chair
  • Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Joint Committee
  • Canterbury Regional Water Management (CWMS) Zone Committee - Upper Waitaki
  • Tuia
Tane Apanui

Tane Apanui

Christchurch North East/Ōrei

Tane is a trained commercial pilot and personal trainer. He is a New Brighton resident and has previously stood in the Hornby ward for the Christchurch City Council.

Tane campaigned on a platform of providing a practical hand at the table to ensure necessary changes are fit-for-purpose. He believes public transport should be for people, not profit.

Tane has worked for five years to conceptualise a high capacity commuter rail network to and through Christchurch, servicing Canterbury’s large towns.

He is also keen to ensure water resources are preserved and protected for future generations.

 Councillor.Apanui@ecan.govt.nz

Watch Tane Apanui's opening speech.

Committees

  • Greater Christchurch Public Transport Joint Committee
  • Tuia
  • Youth Rōpū
Phil Clearwater

Phil Clearwater

Christchurch South/Ōwhanga

Phil was previously a Christchurch City Councillor for six years, and a Christchurch Community Board Chair for 18 years, chairing committees on infrastructure, transport, environment, and community development.

Phil campaigned on a platform of bringing integrity, experience, skills and leadership.

His priorities are protecting Canterbury’s groundwater, rivers and aquifers from pollution and exploitation, reducing carbon emissions from agriculture and transport, and developing the public transport system.

 Councillor.Clearwater@ecan.govt.nz

  022 3941 073

Watch Phil Clearwater's opening speech.

Committees

  • Regional Transport Committee
  • Greater Christchurch Public Transport Joint Committee
  • Greater Christchurch Partnership Committee
  • Tuia
  • Canterbury Regional Water Management (CWMS) Zone Committee - Christchurch West Melton
Vicky Southworth

Vicky Southworth

Christchurch South/Ōwhanga

Vicky is a geologist and has a Master of Water Resource Management from the University of Canterbury.

Previously a community representative on the Canterbury Water Management Strategy regional committee, Vicky has 15 years’ professional experience in the environmental sector.

Vicky campaigned on a platform of collaboration, supporting positive changes for natural resources and land use, and effective monitoring and enforcement.

Her priorities are improving urban and rural water quality, protecting biodiversity and advocating for a remit to consider greenhouse gas emissions in plan development, and addressing the barriers to increasing bus passenger numbers.

 Councillor.Southworth@ecan.govt.nz

  028 424 6181

Watch Vicky Southworth's opening speech.

Committees

  • Tuia
  • Canterbury Regional Water Management (CWMS) Zone Committee - Selwyn Waihora
  • Youth Rōpū
  • Avon Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust
Megan Hands

Megan Hands

Christchurch West/Ōpuna

Megan is a self-employed environmental consultant. She was previously a co-chair of the Selwyn-Te Waihora Zone Committee and served three years on the Malvern Community Board.

She holds a degree in Environmental Management and Planning and qualifications in nutrient management.

Megan campaigned on a platform of collaborative, evidence-based decision-making and responsible spending to sustain the region's economic growth and protect the environment.

Her priorities are a healthy environment, safe drinking water and clean air, maintaining and enhancing biodiversity, providing affordable and accessible public transport, and ensuring the balance of environmental responsibility with fiscal responsibility.

 Councillor.Hands@ecan.govt.nz

  027 347 2358

Watch Megan Hands opening speech.

Committees

  • Performance, Audit and Risk Committee
  • Tuia
  • Canterbury Regional Water Management (CWMS) Zone Committee - Waimakariri
Craig Pauling

Craig Pauling

Christchurch West/Ōpuna

Craig is of Māori and European descent, with tribal affiliations to Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Mutunga.

He holds a degree in Environmental Management, and post-graduate qualifications in Social Science and Ecology.

He is also a qualified RMA hearings commissioner, and has worked in a variety of roles in environmental policy, research, and as a consultant.

He is a founding trustee of Te Ara Kākāriki, a charitable organisation dedicated to ecological restoration on the Canterbury Plains, and is also heavily involved in competitive waka ama (outrigger canoeing).

Craig’s priorities are to explore diverse land use opportunities that will protect and enhance our unique water, soil and biodiversity, while responding to the challenges of climate change.

 Councillor.Pauling@ecan.govt.nz

Watch Craig Pauling's opening speech.

Committees

  • Regulation Hearing Committee
  • Canterbury Regional Water Management (CWMS) Zone Committee  - Regional
  • Tuia
  • Te Waihora Co-Governance
  • Youth Rōpū
Nicole Marshall

Nicole Marshall

Christchurch Central/Ōhoko

Nicole is an environmental scientist and was previously working at Environment Canterbury as a Groundwater Scientist.

Nicole campaigned on a platform of conscientious, transparent and accountable decision-making. She believes her strong understanding of the natural environment and insight into resource governance will help the Council achieve healthy environments and healthy communities.

She intends to champion actions that deliver sustainable solutions and mitigate the effects of climate change.

 Councillor.Marshall@ecan.govt.nz

  027 276 7346

Watch Nicole Marshall's opening speech.

Committees

  • Regulation Hearing Committee
  • Tuia
  • Canterbury Regional Water Management (CWMS) Zone Committee - Lower Waitaki
Lan Pham

Lan Pham

Christchurch Central/Ōhoko

Lan is a returning Environment Canterbury Councillor. She has a background in freshwater ecology and environmental management.

She is the founder of the Working Waters Trust, a charitable organisation dedicated to the protection and restoration of endangered native fish.

Lan campaigned on a platform of change to prioritise the ‘common good’ of current and future generations.

Her priorities are ensuring a fully functional democratic organisation following the return to a fully-elected council, urgent action in response to the climate and ecological emergency, and a fit-for-purpose planning and rules framework that prioritises the environment and freshwater ecosystems.

 Councillor.Pham@ecan.govt.nz

Watch Lan Pham's opening speech.

Committees

  • Regulation Hearing Committee
  • Tuia
  • Canterbury Regional Water Management (CWMS) Zone Committee - Banks Peninsula
  • Youth Rōpū
  • Whakaraupo
  • Biosecurity Advisory Groups - Christchurch & Banks Peninsula
Elizabeth McKenzie

Elizabeth McKenzie

South Canterbury/Ōtuhituhi

Elizabeth has spent the last 17 years working in geochemistry, forensic science, environment chemistry and biomedical science, most recently at the University of Auckland.

Elizabeth campaigned on a platform of resolving the disconnect between science and local government, and the serious consequences this has for people and environment.

Her priorities are to develop and implement a Climate Change Emergency Mitigation and Adaptation Plan, accelerate implementation of the new government policy for freshwater management, and lead restoration of diverse insect habitats to protect biodiversity and safeguard our food ecosystems.

 Councillor.McKenzieE@ecan.govt.nz

Watch Elizabeth McKenzies's opening speech.

Committees

  • Canterbury Regional Water Management (CWMS) Zone Committee - Orari Temuka Opihi Parera
  • Tuia
  • Youth Rōpū
  • Biosecurity Advisory Groups - South Canterbury

Council documents

Councillors' Allowance and Reimbursement Policy

View the current remuneration policy for local authority elected members.

Members' (Councillors’) Code of Conduct 

View the Councillors Members' Code of Conduct.

View all the council policies.

Councillors' Interest Register

View the Councillors' declaration of interest register.