Meet your southern Environment Canterbury team
We deliver work through an on-the-ground team made up of Environment Canterbury staff. Our staff provide localised assistance and advice regarding biodiversity, land management, consents and compliance.
Our southern team covers the areas from Rakaia to Waitaki and their river catchments including Ashburton, Methven, Temuka, Timaru, Waimate, Fairlie, Twizel, Omarama and Kurow.
Zone delivery teams
Zone delivery teams, like land management and biodiversity advisors and special projects advisors, are available to provide guidance and assistance in various areas, including:
- land use,
- biodiversity projects,
- securing funding and fostering connections with other stakeholders.
Meet the southern zone delivery team
Gina Slee - Zone Delivery Lead - Ōrāri Temuka Ōpihi Pareora (OTOP) zone.
Peter Burt - Zone Delivery Lead - Upper Waitaki and Lower Waitaki zones
Henry Winchester - Zone Delivery Lead - Ashburton
Henry grew up in Ashburton and has a background in freshwater planning. Henry gained a Masters of Planning from Lincoln University and has been with Environment Canterbury for six years working previously as a consents planner and then in the planning section as a senior planner.
Henry has a passion for the environment, sport and the agriculture sector. Henry is also involved with civil defence and regularly responds as the planning manager during events.
Contact Henry if you have any queries regarding the zone team’s work or projects across the zone.
Kennedy Lange - Senior Biodiversity Advisor
Helen Risk - Senior Land Management and Biodiversity Advisor (based in Twizel) - on parental leave
Nikki Jenkins - Senior Land Management Advisor (OTOP)
Nikki grew up in Southland and has lived in various regions around New Zealand. Nikki has held various roles over the years, including Dairy Farming, Environmental Consulting and Environmental Compliance.
Nikki enjoys working together with a variety of stakeholders to implement good land management practices.
Rosemary Clucas - Land Management and Biodiversity Advisor (OTOP)
Kate Brown - Land Management Advisor (OTOP)
Donna Field - Land Management and Biodiversity Advisor (Ashburton)
Donna was one of the first members of the Ashburton water zone committee and eventually became its chair.
She and her husband own a sheep and beef farm in the Rakaia Gorge and Donna enjoys seeing farming being done in conjunction with enhancing ecological values.
Donna works with the community, industry and landowners on implementing good land management practice and biodiversity.
Amy McIlraith - River / Awa and Biodiversity Advisor (Ashburton)
Amy grew up in North Canterbury and is now based in the Ashburton district. Amy has a science background, as well as experience in monitoring and compliance.
She joined us in 2019 as a compliance officer, and now works a dual role sharing her time between the Rivers section and Zone delivery.
Amy focuses on river and waterway management, with an emphasis on biodiversity to improve outcomes for our awa and community. She is also involved in the flood recovery space in a support role.
Contact Amy if you have any questions about biodiversity, the flood protection and drainage bylaw, or freshwater management.
Billy Bartrum - Land Management and Biodiversity Advisor (Ashburton)
Billy works with Industry, landowners, and the wider community to engage on land management practices and biodiversity. Billy is available to help people understand how to be compliant with regulations and implement good management practices on their land.
Billy can also help with knowledge of local biodiversity and implementing measures that will help to protect and enhance the natural environment.
Billy works in the Ashburton zone, in between the Rakaia and the Rakitata rivers, and into the upper Waimakariri basin.
Michelle Ingham - Land Management and Biodiversity Advisor (Ashburton)
Michelle comes from a dairy farming background in Canterbury and has a bachelor's degree in Biology and Environmental Sciences from Canterbury University. Get in touch to get help with protecting and enhancing biodiversity and implementing good land management practices.
Jess Cochrane - Land Management and Biodiversity Advisor (Ashburton)
Jess has been farming on their family farm in South Canterbury for the past ten years and has now joined the Ashburton Zone delivery team as a land management and biodiversity adviser.
They are available to work with people and groups to implement good management practices and assist in how to be compliant under new regulations.
Jess is passionate about working with people to achieve the best environmental and biodiversity outcomes possible.
Jenna Hughes-Games - Land Management Advisor - on parental leave
bio to come.
Resource management and incident response
Our resource management staff work within local zone delivery and regional teams to provide advice, monitor and respond to resource management enquiries and issues. Find out more about resource management and incident response.
Michael Nolan - Senior Resource Management Officer - Incident Response
Hannah Westoby - Resource Management Officer (OTOP)
Julia Hullen - Resource Management Officer (OTOP)
Shannon Trower - Resource Management Officer
Bio to come.
Adam Thomas - Resource Management Officer
Bio to come.
Jaime Moore - Resource Management Officer
Bio to come.
Katrina Te Rito - Resource Management Officer (Upper Waitaki, based in Twizel)
Terry Hewitt - Senior Resource Management Officer (Ashburton)
Terry moved from the Waikato to the Ashburton District in 1995 with wife Wendy, two daughters and 600 cows. He farmed and then spent 10 years in aviation before joining Environment Canterbury.
Terry works out of the Ashburton Office in CME operations as a rural/farming specialist with the farming community and large irrigation schemes.
He can help people with understanding the regulatory processes, rules and regulations, and problem-solving.
Isabelle Lourenco de Almeida - Resource Management Officer (Ashburton)
Isabelle has studied Agricultural Engineering in Brazil and worked in scientific research of plant propagation (Brazil), horticulture (USA), and the dairy industry (New Zealand). Isabelle moved to New Zealand in 2017 and has lived in Ashburton since 2018. She is currently studying at Lincoln University – Post Graduate in Environmental Management.
Isabelle is passionate about protecting the environment and helping the community. She can provide advice related to environmental improvements, provide information, and education. Isabelle also monitors the MHVwater irrigation scheme.
Felicity Thomas - Resource Management Officer (Ashburton)
Felicity grew up on a cropping and sheep farm in New South Wales, Australia and has a bachelor’s degree in environmental management from Lincoln University.
Felicity has a passion for agriculture and the environment and can help with advice for the rural sector.
Mark Leith - Resource Management Officer Incident Response (Ashburton)
Mark grew up on a Southland sheep and beef farm near Edendale and joined the dairy industry as a candidate at the Southland Dairy Coop, as well as studied Dairy Technology at Massey University.
After many years working in manufacturing and operations with Fonterra, he recently joined Environment Canterbury and is working within the industrial Portfolio across the Ashburton zone.
Mark is happy to support anyone with any questions relating to complex manufacturing processes.
Lisa Ree - Resource Management Officer Compliance Monitoring - Incident Response (Ashburton)
Lisa is originally from Central Otago and moved to the Canterbury area a few years ago. She has previous experience working at the Hurunui and Waimakariri District Councils over the past years, covering a wide range of roles within both councils.
Lisa is looking after Affordable Waters and compliance for the Ashburton area and is a very approachable person to contact if you require any assistance.
Water zone committee facilitation
Our water zone committee facilitators support the region's water zone committees to develop actions and tactics to deliver on the Canterbury Water Management Strategy targets. Read more about the water zone committees and what they do.