Meet your zone representatives

Hurunui Water Zone Committee MembersThe Hurunui Waiau water zone committee is a joint committee of Hurunui District Council and Environment Canterbury.

It is in the rohe of Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri rūnanga and Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura.

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
John Faulkner 

John describes himself as a dairy farmer, businessman, and sportsman, as well as being environmentally, culturally and socially aware and also aware of the community’s obligation to future generations.

John owns and run a 162 hectare dairy farm north of Culverden which receives water from the Amuri Irrigation Scheme, plus a 47 ha dairy support property adjacent to the Waiau Uwha river.

Ken Hughey — Chair

Ken has an ongoing interest in the sustainable management of Canterbury’s water resources.

His local activities include fishing, kayaking and birdlife research on the Hurunui and Waiau rivers and he has family ties in the area.

Ken is Professor of Environmental Management at Lincoln University and Chief Scientist at DOC.

His research speciality is the ecology and management of rivers and lowland wetland ecosystems, and his teaching includes a course on Integrated Environmental Management based on collaborative approaches.

He leads a large multi-year research programme on prioritising river values, in- and out-of-stream.

Ken was part of the multi-stakeholder group evaluating storage options in Stage 3 of the Canterbury Strategic Water Study in 2008/09 and been involved in working groups to establish targets for the CWMS. He has been a member of the zone committee since its establishment in 2010.


Dr Michele Hawke

Michele is a businesswoman from Hawarden where she and her husband run Hawarden Garage and Transport.

As a school bus driver she has the opportunity to be involved with the local community and in particular get to know the young people.

Michele has a doctorate in geology and has worked in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea as an exploration geologist.

Michele is currently Chairperson of the Christchurch School of Gymnastics.

John Preece

John is an ecologist and has worked for various District Councils in Marlborough, Tasman, Greater Wellington; and for Department of Conservation and Environment Canterbury as a consultant. He is a Project Co-ordinator on a part-time basis for the Hutton’s Shearwater Charitable Trust.

John lives in Cheviot.

John has a very strong commitment to wetland conservation and has had considerable experience in this field.

Josh Dondertman

Josh is a dairy farmer from the Amuri Basin, He is Managing Director of Pahau Flats Dairy Ltd, Caithness Dairy Limited and Craigmore Farming Limited in the Hurunui area.

Josh believes in trying to do the right thing for the environment and encouraging other farmers in good management practice.

Julia McLean

Julia is a communicator and community leader from Amberley. She is a Hurunui District Councillor and a member of the Council’s Public Services Committee and Youth Council and is Chair of the Hurunui Road Safety Committeeand the Amberley Domain Advisory Committee.

Julia’s past experience is as a broadcast journalist with TVNZ and Newstalk ZB Christchurch news room.

Rūnanga representative
Makarini Rupene — Te Ngāi  Tūāhuriri Rūnanga

Makarini Rupene lives in Kaiapoi with his four children.

His whanau is one of the oldest of the original families from Kaiapoi Pa who then settled in Tuahiwi following the Treaty of Waitangi.

Maka is a Tangata Tiaki (customary fisheries guardian), appointed by Ministry of Fisheries and Ngai Tūāhuriri, and has carried out a number of cultural health surveys of rivers and other waterways of Canterbury, including Te Hurunui.

He is a printer by trade, has studied at the University of Canterbury (Maori Sciences) and holds a Diploma in Indigenous Studies from Te Wananga o Aotearoa.

Hunting and gathering is a big part of Maka’s life, and mahinga kai resources continue to sustain his household and maintain traditional relationships and customs (e.g. manaakitanga, kai hau-kai).

Maka still takes his children camping and fishing on the Waipara River, as he did as a kid and as his elders did before that.

Maka remembers going fishing with his father as a toddler and having to wear shoes because of all the rubbish dumped in the river.

He wants all rivers in the zone to be safe for his children to go swimming and for them to carry on the traditions and customs passed on to him by his whanau.

Nukuroa Tirikatene-Nash — Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura

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Hurunui District Council appointments
  • Cr Lynda Murchison - Deputy Chair
Environment Canterbury appointment
  • Cr Claire McKay

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 Hurunui Waiau water zone delivery team is:

  • Andrew Arps — Zone Manager
  • Marco Cataloni — Zone Lead
  • Sam Thompson — Land Management Advisor
  • Zipporah Ploeg — Biodiversity
  • Robin Hubbard — Resource Management Officer

Talk to us

Lyn Carmichael — Zone Facilitator     027 443 4731

Stephen Bragg — Tangata Whenua Facilitator     027 487 3892

How are zone committee members selected?

Water zone committee members are appointed not elected 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.