Meet your water zone representatives

The Kaikōura water zone committee is a joint committee of Environment Canterbury and Kaikōura District Council. The zone is entirely within the takiwa of the Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura who represent the hapu Ngāti Kuri from the iwi Ngāi Tahu.

What does the Kaikōura water zone committee do?

The committee works with community members and an on-the-ground team made up of Environment Canterbury staff to implement water management work programmes in the Kaikōura area. Sign up to our mailing list for updates. View the zone committees agenda and meeting papers.

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Community members
Ted Howard — Chair
Ted Howard has had two terms on the zone committee; the second as its chair. As well as being the current chair he represents the zone on the CWMS Regional Water Management Committee.
Relevant skills Ted brings to the committee include education in limnology and hydrology; three years as chairman of Kaikoura District Council’s Works and Services Committee; Membership in the Forest and Bird Society; founding membership and twelve years participation in Te Korowai; membership of the Kaikoura Boating Club (12 years as Chair); chair of the Hutton’s Shearwater Charitable Trust, and participation in other organisations.
He also wrote the paper that became the ACE system of Fisheries Management.
Gina Solomon 

Gina has been a representative on the Zone Committee since its formation, previously as a Rūnanga representative and now as a community member. Her strong commitment to the environment and conservation is also reflected in the other organisations she is associated with including Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura/ Kaikōura Coastal Marine Guardians, and the Nelson/Marlborough Conservation Board, Director on the QEII National Trust, Member of the Nature Heritage Fund and a Trustee on the Titī/Hutton’s Shearwater Charitable Trust.

John Murray
John Murray is a third-generation dairy farmer on his property, with water rights for irrigation from the Clarence River.  He has been on the zone committee since 2014.
He has also been secretary and chair of the East Coast branch of Federated Farmers; chair of the NZ Angus Cattle Breeders Association and Nelson/Marlborough board member for ten years.
Robert Roche — Deputy Chair

Robert Roche is a businessman with strong farming and fishing connections in the Kaikoura zone.

He was General Manager of Innovative Waste Kaikoura for six years; a role which engaged with many groups and organisations in the community, including Marae, Police, RSA, Lions, sports groups, and the District and Regional Councils.

He has also in the past been involved with a project with the local Rūnanga when he led the Kaikoura Youth Team.

Teri Sonal

Teri Sonal is the Human Resources Manager, Whale Watch Kaikōura. Tourism is the biggest business in Kaikōura. Whale Watch Kaikōura are very keen to continue their community responsibility in actively participating in process that will determine how water is to be managed in the Kaikōura area thereby helping fulfil their Kaitiaki responsibilities for the management of water in the zone. Teri lives in Oaro on a lifestyle block and has done so for about 30 years building up good knowledge of the southern part of the zone. She has taught at the local high school and tutored at Kaikōura Centre for Continuing Education including in the management of the marine environment and natural resources. Teri has a long association with Takahanga Marae and Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura.

Nicky McArthur

Nicky McArthur is the owner of Puhi Peaks Station in the Seaward Kaikōura Range and managing director of tourism company Kaikōura Wilderness Experience Ltd, which incorporates farm, tourism, hunting ventures and Shearwater Lodge. She is passionate about maintaining the uniqueness of the 8,000 acres that make up Puhi Peaks Station, and believes knowledge and management of the property is the key to good kaitiakitanga.

Nicky is also a governor, trustee and chair of promotion for the Waihi School Trust Board, and the convenor of community liaison for the Hutton’s Shearwater Charitable Trust.

Desiree Bolton

Desiree Bolton is a Kaikōura Plains based dairy farmer with a young family and has a degree in Environmental Management. She has been on the Kaikōura Plains Recovery Project Governance Group for the last three years.

Rūnanga representatives - Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura
Aroha Boyd

Aroha's whanau lived for many years on the banks of the Waikōau, so Aroha has a particular background interest in the Lyell Creek. She has also worked for Whalewatch for many years so brings in that tourism flavour. She is a Rūnanga representative on the Kaikōura Manawhenua Roopu working with Ngai Tahu Farming on Eyrewell and Balmoral.

Clint McConchie

Clint has extensive farm management experience having worked in a variety of farm operations across New Zealand.  Having returned home to Kaikōura with his family after the earthquakes, Clint has recently taken up the role of Natural Resources Manager for Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura.

Council representative
  • Kaikōura District Council - Cr Tony Blunt
Environment Canterbury appointment
  • Cr Grant Edge

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 Kaikōura water zone delivery team is:

  • Kevin Heays Zone Manager
  • Peter Bradshaw Land management and biodiversity advisor
  • Heath Melville Biodiversity and land management advisor
  • Robin Hubbard Resource management officer
  • Makarini Rupene – Pou Mātai Kō – mahinga kai

Talk to us

Jaimee Grant— Zone Facilitator    027 220 2694

Stephen Bragg — Tangata Whenua Facilitator    027 487 3892

Kevin Heays — Zone Manager    027 646 2230

Robin Hubbard — Resource management officer    027 520 9018    robin.

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.

Zone Implementation Programmes

Zone Implementation Programmes or ZIPs were developed in the early stages of the zone committees' existence, following the adoption of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy.

While we may have moved on in terms of our priorities in each zone, ZIPs remain the foundation of the work we do. 

You can download the Kaikōura ZIP using the button at the bottom of the page.