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.

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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 — Deputy Chair

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.
Tony Blunt

Tony Blunt describes himself as a fifth-generation kiwi, a fourth-generation resident of the Kaikoura District, and third-generation farmer in the district.

His property straddles a significant waterway and he has a small-scale irrigation system.  

He has significant event managing and organising experience, including managing the semi-final and regional contests for Young Farmer of the Year for four years; serving on the Kaikoura A&P Council Meeting 2017-12-14 177 of 210 committee for 12 years including two as President; and membership of the Kaikoura Farm Discussion Group for 12 years including one as Chairman.

He has also been involved with ECan minimum flows reviews.

Robert Roche

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 venturesand Shearwater Lodge. She is passionate about maintaining the uniqueness of the 8,000 acres which make up Puhi Peaks Station and believes knowledge andmanagement 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.

Rūnanga representatives
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.

Council representative
  • Kaikōura District Council - Cr Celeste Harnett
Environment Canterbury appointment
  • Cr Steve Lowndes 

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 Kaikōura water zone delivery team is:

  • Kevin Heays — Zone Manager
  • Chloe Armour — Land Management Advisor
  • Heath Melville — Biodiversity Officer
  • Michael Bennett — Senior Land Management Advisor
  • Robin Hubbard — Resource Management Officer
  • Peter Taylor — Resource Management Officer

Talk to us

Kevin Heays — Zone Manager     027 646 2230    kevin.heays@ecan.govt.nz

Murray Griffin — Zone Facilitator     027 705 4798    murray.griffin@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.