Your zone delivery team

We deliver work related to the zone committee's recommendations through an on-the-ground team made up of Environment Canterbury staff. Our staff provide localised assistance and advice regarding land management, consents and compliance.

Meet the Ashburton water zone delivery team

Henry Winchester — Zone Delivery Lead~~
Henry Winchester

Henry grew up in Ashburton and has a background in freshwater planning. Henry gained a Masters of Planning from Lincoln University and has been with Environment Canterbury for six years working previously as a consents planner and then in the planning section as a senior planner.

Henry has a passion for the environment, sport and the agriculture sector. Henry is also involved with civil defence and regularly responds as the planning manager during events.

Contact Henry if you have any queries regarding the zone team’s work or projects across the zone.

   027 362 9501 

Donna Field — Land Management and Biodiversity Advisor~~
Donna FieldDonna was one of the first members of the Ashburton water zone committee and eventually became its chair. 
She and her husband own a sheep and beef farm in the Rakaia Gorge and Donna enjoys seeing farming being done in conjunction with enhancing ecological values.
Donna works with the community, industry and landowners on implementing good land management practice and biodiversity.
Terry Hewitt — Resource Management Officer~~
Terry HewittTerry moved from the Waikato to the Ashburton District in 1995 with wife Wendy, two daughters and 600 cows. He farmed and then spent 10 years in aviation before joining Environment Canterbury.

Terry works out of the Ashburton Office in CME operations as a rural/farming specialist with the farming community and large irrigation schemes.

He can help people with understanding the regulatory processes, rules and regulations, and problem-solving.

   027 406 7429
Amy McIlraith — River / Awa and Biodiversity Advisor~~
Amy Grace McIlraithAmy grew up in North Canterbury and is now based in the Ashburton district. Amy has a science background, as well as experience in monitoring and compliance.
She joined us in 2019 as a compliance officer, and now works a dual role sharing her time between the Rivers section and Zone delivery.
Her focus is river and waterway management with an emphasis on biodiversity to improve outcomes for our awa and community. She is also involved in the flood recovery space in a support role.
Contact Amy if you have any questions about biodiversity, the flood protection and drainage bylaw or freshwater management.

     027 254 3725 
Maria — Land Management and Biodiversity Advisor~~
Maria is available to provide advice about the current regulations and what they mean for your farm, good management practices, winter grazing plans, nutrient management, hill country erosion and native planting.


Talk to her about protecting and enhancing biodiversity on your land. Maria works across the Ashburton zone with a particular focus in the Hinds Catchment.

 027 284 9887



Billy Bartrum - Land Management and Biodiversity Advisor~~

Billy BartumBilly works with Industry, landowners, and the wider community to engage on land management practices and biodiversity. Billy is available to help people understand how to be compliant with regulations and implement good management practices on their land.

Billy can also help with knowledge of local biodiversity and implementing measures that will help to protect and enhance the natural environment.

Billy works in the Ashburton zone, in between the Rakaia and the Rakitata rivers, and into the upper Waimakariri basin.

  027 248 1339

Isabelle Lourenco de Almeida - Resource Management Officer~~

Isabelle has studied Agricultural Engineering in Brazil, worked in scientific research of plant propagation (Brazil), horticulture (USA) and in the dairy industry (New Zealand). Isabelle moved to New Zealand in 2017 and has lived in Ashburton since 2018. She is currently studying at Lincoln University – Post Graduate in Environmental Management.

Isabelle is passionate about protecting the environment helping the community. She can provide advice related to environmental improvements, provide information, and education. Isabelle also monitors the MHVwater irrigation scheme.

  027 2685 066

Felicity Thomas - Resource Management Officer

Felicity grew up on a cropping and sheep farm in NSW Australia, and has a bachelor’s degree in environmental management from Lincoln University.

Felicity has a passion for agriculture and the environment and can help with advice for the rural sector.

  027 308 6182



Talk to us

Dave Moore — Zone Facilitator     027 604 3908

Stephen Bragg — Tangata Whenua Facilitator     027 487 3892