Banks Peninsula Water Zone Committee welcomes its newest member

The Banks Peninsula Water Zone Committee is pleased to introduce its new member, Andrea Davis. Ben Manson was also reappointed to the committee.

Water zone committees are made up of people with a wide range of interests in water who have a strong connection to the zone. The refresh of members ensures a flow of fresh ideas and opinions at the committee table, and that serving members are given a break from a demanding community role.

All about Andrea

 Andrea Davis

Banks Peninsula Water Zone Committee member, Andrea Davis

Andrea has lived in Christchurch for more than 30 years and has a degree in Anthropology. She has also completed a Master's in Landscape Architecture, with a focus on the Avonside Residential Red Zone, and is currently enrolled in a Master's of Planning at Lincoln University.

She has been designing landscapes since 1985 and has always been interested in the impact of human activities on the land and waterways.

At the University of Vermont, Andrea designed a Water Resource Management major under the School of Environmental Studies.

"At that time (1984) we were testing Lake Champlain for elevated nitrogen and phosphorus levels directly related to the dairy industry Vermont is famous for.

"When I moved to Christchurch in 1990 and began climbing mountains, I was delighted that we could drink from any river or stream on our way up and down the peaks of the Southern Alps. Back then, the Mackenzie Country had nothing but a few sheep and hieracium."

Andrea said her Anthropology degree has given her a deep understanding of how people relate to the land and each other.

"My skill as a people person is helpful when bringing different mindsets together and finding a common goal."

Andrea enjoys spending time outdoors including working on mountain bike projects, regular weekend walking, scaling mountain peaks, and river kayaking.

The Banks Peninsula Water Zone Committee is a joint committee made up of community members, rūnanga and local councils. Find out more on our water zone page.