Meet your zone representatives

The Christchurch West Melton water zone committee is a joint committee of Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District 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
Kevin Brown - Chair

Kevin Brown is a geochemist who has done considerable consulting work within New Zealand and overseas.

He has worked in the geothermal industry since 1980, initially with the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) at the Wairakei Research Centre, then with GNS and Auckland University’s Geothermal Institute, and finally as a full time consultant and partner in GEOKEM.  

He has a keen interest in improving water management in both urban and rural areas around Christchurch.

Annabelle Hasselman - Deputy Chair

Annabelle Hasselman is a stay-at-home mother to 4 children. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture.

Annabelle has previously worked for Department of Conservation in Hokitika and Wellington. She is currently the Chair of the Ōpāwaho Heathcote River Network.

Abbie Wilson

Abbie Wilson has a Bachelor of Natural Resources Engineering Degree and is employed at AECOM. In her role as a Civil Engineer in the water team she has exposure to many different water and environment-based projects.

She enjoys the outdoors and wishes to protect waterways and hopes to achieve this ambition by joining the zone committee.

Brynlea Stocks

Brynlea has qualifications in sustainability and outdoor education with a good understanding of behaviour change. She did a research dissertation on the motivators and barriers that students find when implementing pro-environmental behaviour.

She has professional experience in resource management. Brynlea has been involved in community gardens and has youth leadership skills.

Brynlea grew up in Christchurch, lives in Christchurch and enjoys the outdoors.Brynlea has qualifications in sustainability and outdoor education with a good understanding of behaviour change.

She did a research dissertation on the motivators and barriers that students find when implementing pro-environmental behaviour. She has professional experience in resource management.

Brynlea has been involved in community gardens and has youth leadership skills.

Brynlea grew up in Christchurch, lives in Christchurch and enjoys the outdoors.

Mike Patchett

Mike is the current Chairperson of the Water and Wildlife Habitat Trust and has professional experience in environmental management, catchment management and leading community environmental groups in Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.  Mike is also a Trustee of the Eco Action Nursery Trust, supporting schools to grow eco sourced endemic plants for the red zone. 

Mike grew up in Australia and lives in Christchurch.

Helen Rutter

Helen has a long standing interest and professional involvement in groundwater and is a Hydrogeologist.  She has an understanding of Christchurch and Canterbury groundwater systems and the impacts of agricultural internsification and earthquakes on groundwater. 

Helen grew up in Britain and lives in Christchurch.  She enjoys water based recreation on the Ōtākaro/Avon River and other Canterbury waterways.

Shona Sluys

Shona has professional exprience in coordinating and facilitating catchment groups and is knowledgeable about farming systems, communication, and sustainable land and water management.  She was involved in earthquake response with the 'Farmy Army'.

Shona grew up on the West Coast and lives in West Melton.  She enjoys recreation on the Waimakariri River.

Oscar Bloom - Youth Representative

Oscar is a student at St Andrews College and a member of the Environment Canterbury Youth Rōpū.

He is a youth representative on the Water Zone Committee to ensure the youth voice is heard, to make change and help influence outcomes, and that ties in with his passion for the environment and its continued sustainability.

"The streams we swim in, mountains we trek, forests we camp in are all so important to the Kiwi way of life. If they deteriorate and if our environmental practices continue the way they are generations in the future will experience a radically different environment to the one we have today. I want to be involved to help influence decision makers to make the choice that helps us in the future to sustain our environment, not just ones that solve issues now."

Rūnanga representatives
Arapata Reuben - Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga

Arapata has strong historical family ties with Christchurch waterways.  His great-great great grandfather Te Muru was a Kaitiaki (guardian) for the Heathcote / Opawaho River.  

Arapata and his family, who live in Tuahiwi, still have a deep sense of belonging with the natural environment and its ability to nourish whānau.  

Arapata is currently employed with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu as the Kāiarahi Whakapapa in the Whakapapa Unit.

Les Wanhalla - Te Taumutu Rūnanga
Les has been a representative on the Christchurch West Melton and Selwyn Waihora zone committees for the past 5 years.
Les' aspirations are to help improve the biodiversity from Ki uta ki tai (from the mountains to the sea) and to have safe wai (water) for his mokopuna (grandchildren) and future generations to drink and play in.
Kakati Te Kakakura Royal- Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke

Kakati is currently in his final year of study towards a bachelor's degree in Civi Engineering with Honours and a diploma in Global Humanitarian Engineering.

He strongly believes that he will add value from representing Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke on the Christchurch West Melton Zone Committee due to his passion and expertise he has for water.  Kakati believes he will make an impact on the committee and deliver for his community, tamariki and mokopuna.

 

Council appointments
  • Selwyn District Council - Cr Sophie McInnes
  • Christchurch City Council - Cr James Daniels
Environment Canterbury appointment
  • Cr Phil Clearwater

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. See our video about managing water in Canterbury.

The Christchurch West Melton water zone delivery team is:

  • Ruth Sarson — Zone Lead
  • Nick Moody  Pollution Prevention Officer
  • Kate Hunt  Biodiversity Officer
  • Duncan Harvest  Resource Management Officer - Monitoring and Compliance
  • Chris Elsmore  Resource Management Officer - Monitoring and Compliance
  • Iain Beaton  Resource Management Officer - Monitoring and Compliance
  • Martin Rutledge  Land Management Advisor
  • Emily McLaughlin  Compliance Officer
  • Jessica Faris — Incident Response Officer
  • Nathan Dougherty — Senior Incident Response Officer

Talk to us

Johannes Welsch— Zone Manager     027  512 3158    johannes.welsch@ecan.govt.nz

Shelley Washington Facilitator    027 294 5219   shelley.washington@ecan.govt.nz

Brad Waldon-Gibbons — Tangata Whenua Facilitator     027 487 3892313 4786    brad.wadon-gibbons@ecan.govt.nz

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.