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.

 

Community members
Annabelle Hasselman - 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.

Mike Patchett - Deputy Chair

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.

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.

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 intensification 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 experience 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.

Tyla Harrison-Hunt - Te Taumutu Rūnanga

Tyla has a strong natural affinity to the water that stems from the whenua in his region.

Descending from Ngai Tahu, Tyla was taught from a young age about the importance and the connection we have as kaitiaki (guardians) of the land and water.

Tyla is currently an owner of a sports company and a business consultant.

Kākati Te Kakakura Royal- Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke

Kākati is currently in his final year of study towards a bachelor's degree in Civil 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.

 

 

 

Christchurch City Council Appointment
  • Emma Norrish
Selwyn District Council
  • Cr Sophie McInnes
Environment Canterbury
  • 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 Delivery Lead

  • Martin Rutledge – Land Management and Biodiversity Advisor

  • Will Todhunter – Biodiversity Officer

  • Nick Moody — Pollution Prevention Advisor

  • Nathan Dougherty — Senior Resource Management Officer - Incident Response

  • Duncan Harvest — Resource Management Officer - Monitoring and Compliance

  • Iain Beaton — Resource Management Officer - Monitoring and Compliance

  • Kimberley Kovacs-Wilks – Resource Management Officer – Monitoring and Compliance

  • Georgia Simmonds – Resource Management Officer – Monitoring and Compliance

  • Olivia Hughes – Resource Management Officer – Monitoring and Compliance

  • Jess Newlands – Senior Resource Management Officer – Compliance

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

Stephen Bragg — Tangata Whenua Facilitator     027 487 3892    stephen.bragg@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.