Meet your zone representatives

The Selwyn Waihora water zone committee is a joint committee of Selwyn District Council, Christchurch City Council and Environment Canterbury.

It is in the rohe of Wairewa, Rāpaki, Taumutu, Tūāhuriri, Koukourarata and Ōnuku rūnanga.

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
Fiona McDonald - Co-Chair

Fiona McDonald works in the education and outdoors sectors. She is involved in qualification development and assessing, auditing, and supporting schools deliver quality education outside the classroom for their students.

She is co-chair of Education Outdoors NZ (EONZ) and on the board of the New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA).

Fiona is currently a member of the Castle Hill community and is a keen advocate for the high country environment.

Annie McLaren

Annie McLaren has a Diploma in Farm Management and is completing a Bachelor of Business Studies through Massey University.

She is employed as Area Manager for Synlait Milk Limited and her role involves liaising with dairy farmers around all things dairying, including the environment and Synlait’s Lead with Pride farm certification programme.

Annie would like to see positive outcomes for farmers, waterways, GHG footprint, communities and the economy

Helen Troy

 Helen Troy is currently undertaking a Masters in Applied Science at Lincoln University. She has extensive business experience both in New Zealand and overseas. Helen resides in the zone with her main links associated to Lincoln University.

James Booker

James Booker has a Bachelor of Agriculture with a Master's in Applied Science majoring in farm management.  He was part of the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme and a New Zealand representative at the international Young Farmers summit in France.  He is Southern Pastures' Canterbury Regional Manager and has been involved with a leadership team making decisions on farming practice for dairy farms over 2000ha in the zone.

Khan McKay

Whakapapa’s to Ngāi te Ruahikihiki hapū and Ngāti Moki marae. He is currently attending Riccarton High school and is also a kotahi council member, Selwyn District Youth Council member, Kaitiakitanga Portfolio member and rangatahi advocate for Waikēkēwai restoration project for Taumutu.

He has undertaken cultural monitoring for Boffa Miskell as a contractor with a particular focus on wāhi tapu, wāhi taonga, and mahinga kai.

Simon Bryant

Is a self-employed farmer with previous experience as a design engineer in the mining sector in Australia, with a focus on runoff and stormwater quality control.

He grew up in the Selwyn Zone and has experience farming in the high-country and on the plains.

Simon Hay

Simon Hay is an Environmental Scientist at AECOM working in the contaminated land space.

He has previously worked in Queensland, Australia and in New Zealand's resource industry as a geologist/environmental scientist looking at water quality and acid mine drainage.

Simon has a strong interest in the quality of New Zealand freshwater ecosystems and native freshwater species as well as being a hobby trout fisherman.

Rūnanga representatives
  • Les Wanhalla (Co-Chair) - Te Taumutu Rūnanga
  • Karaitiana Taiuru -  Te Rūnanga o Koukourarata
  • Mishele Radford - Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke
  • Vacant - Ōnuku Rūnanga 
  • Vacant - Wairewa Rūnanga
  • Vacant - Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga 
Council appointments
  • Selwyn District Council - Cr Nicole Reid
  • Christchurch City Council - Cr Anne Galloway
Environment Canterbury appointment
  • Cr Vicky Southworth

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 Selwyn Waihora water zone delivery team is:

Talk to us

Johannes Welsch — Zone Manager     027 512 3158

Brad Waldon-Gibbons — Zone and Tangata Whenua Facilitator     027 313 4786

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.