Meet your zone representatives

Zone committee May 2019The Banks Peninsula water zone committee is a joint committee of Christchurch City Council and Environment Canterbury. 

The committee's role is to work with the community to develop actions and tactics to deliver on the Canterbury Water Management Strategy.

It recommends these actions and tactics to various agencies for implementation.

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Community members
Benita Wakefield - Chair

Biography to come

Gina Waibl - Deputy chair

Gina Waibl has a Civil Engineering degree and 13 years as a Risk Analyst and Road Safety Engineer.

She has her own consultancy and is an appointed independent professional advisor to the NZTA.

Previous roles include Risk Analyst for MWH New Zealand Ltd, and Transportation Engineer for MWH New Zealand Ltd.

Volunteer roles include the Predator Free Port Hills Steering Groups, the Summit Road Society - Omahu Bush, and various DOC volunteer experiences including a six-month stint on Raoul Island.

Paula Smith

Paula Smith has been on the zone committee since 2014. She has a degree in Botany and worked as landscape architect in various locations throughout New Zealand.

Paula is also a trained resource management decision-maker and has been a member of a hearings panel for resource consent applications in Christchurch City.

Paula has a keen interest in working with her local communities and has been chairperson of the Lyttelton/Mt Herbert Community Board since 2007.

Ben Manson

Ben Manson farms his own property in Little River and farms in partnership on 2 other properties (Ōnuku and Ōnuku Heights).

He has lived in the area for the past 35 years and his parents and grandparents for most of their lives.

Ben has been involved in the local community with the activities of the Little River School and Co-Chair of the Little River Flood Working Group..

Garrick Thorn

Garrick Thorn teaches Chemical Engineering at the University of Canterbury. In previous roles he was an Environmental Engineer at a Crown Research Institute working on industrial wastewater treatment, researching nutrient requirements of biological treatment systems.

He has also worked in Applied Research (Engineering) in the United Kingdom, and as an Environmental Engineer for Scion in Rotorua NZ.

Elizabeth Macpherson

Elizabeth Macpherson lives in Lyttelton and is a natural resources lawyer and lectures at the School of Law, University of Canterbury.

She worked at the University of Melbourne for approximately 5 years as a research fellow working on the Australian Research Council Discovery Project – forest carbon sequestration and indigenuous and local community rights.

Elizabeth also carried out research at the University of Melbourne on indigenous land and resource rights and water law matters.

Rima Herber
Rima Herber has a Bachelor of Science in Plant and Microbial sciences and currently is involved on restoration work on ‘Oashore’.
She was the secretary of the Travis Wetland Trust for 2 years and involved in a working group to maintain access for across Birdlings Flat beach.
Rima is committed to improving the natural area around the area in Te Roto o Wairewa where she lives.
Rūnanga representatives
Benita Wakefield - Te Rūnanga o Wairewa
Dr Benita Wakefield is of Ngati Ira Kehu Hapu and Ngai Tahu Iwi representing Wairewa Runanga. She has been working for many years in community, whanau, hapu/ iwi development. Healing and restoring the wellbeing of whanau is integral to protecting and caring for our environment, waterways and to improving the Mauri, life force capacity of all living treasures. Manaaki whenua, Manaaki tangata, haere whakamua! - care for the land, care for the people, go forward!
Aurora Smith – Ngāti Wheke
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Manaia Cunningham - Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata
My name is Manaia Cunningham and I am very fortunate to be from Tūtehuarewa Marae in Koukourarata Port Levy.
It is a privilege to be a member of the Banks Peninsula Water Zone Committee and I am very proud of the committee.  The quality and quantity of fresh water on the Peninsula will be safe for future generations if we all work together now.


Christchurch City Council appointment
Andrew Turner

Andrew is the Christchurch City councillor for the Banks Peninsula ward. He is a director of the Canterbury Development Corporation and the deputy chair of the council's finance committee. Andrew is also very involved in the community. He is a trustee of the Lyttelton Harbour Information Centre Trust and the Lyttelton Returned Services Association Trust, as well as past chair and board member of the Lyttelton Harbour Business Association.

Environment Canterbury appointment
  • Councillor Elizabeth Cunningham

Meet 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. Watch the video to learn more about zone delivery in Canterbury.

The Banks Peninsula water zone delivery team is:

  • Gill Jenkins — Zone Lead
  • Greg Stanley — Biodiversity Officer
  • Nick Moody — Pollution Prevention Advisor
  • Iain Beaton — Resource Management Officer - Monitoring and Compliance
  • Emily McLaughlin — Resource Management Officer - Monitoring and Compliance
  • Chris Elsmore — Resource Management Officer - Monitoring and Compliance
  • Ruth Sarson — Resource Management Officer - Incident Response
  • Emma Parr — Resource Management Officer - Incident Response
  • Jamie McKie — Resource Management Officer - Incident Response
  • Duncan Harvest — Resource Management Officer
  • Jenny Watters — Pollution Prevention Officer
  • Land Management Advisor — Vacant

Talk to us

Andy Barbati — Zone Manager     027 295 4302

Shelley Washington — Zone Facilitator     027 294 5219

Stephen Bragg — Tangata Whenua Facilitator     027 487 3892

How are zone committee members selected?

Water zone committee members are appointed after councils advertise for expressions of interest from the community.

Applicants are assessed on skills, expertise and experience, as well as their ability to work together to develop water management solutions to economic, social, cultural and environmental issues.

Each water zone committee has between seven and 10 members, including:

  • An Environment Canterbury appointee
  • A local territorial authority councillor
  • A rūnanga appointee
  • Between four and six local members nominated from the community who come from a variety of backgrounds and interests.

Members serve for three years, meeting every few weeks to gather information from stakeholders and the community to ensure all interests are represented.