Meet your water zone committee

Upper Waitaki zone committee in 2018

The Upper Waitaki water zone committee is a joint committee of Mackenzie District Council, Waitaki District Council and Environment Canterbury. It is in the rohe of Arowhenua, Moeraki and Waihao 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, including councils, through a Zone Implementation Programme (ZIP).

The Upper Waitaki water zone committee has been operating since 2010 is now overseeing the ZIP's implementation, along with its addendum, ensuring the integration of agency work and resolving any ongoing resource management dilemmas.

It meets monthly on the third Friday of each month and meetings are open to the public.

View zone committee members

Community members
Joy Paterson

Joy lives in Twizel. She is fully involved in the Mackenzie community and is seeing first-hand the changes taking place as visitors to the basin increase, farming intensifies and wilding pines continue to spread.

She is a former Director of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve Board and has been a member of the South Canterbury District Health Board, Trustee of the High Country Medical Trust and has been actively involved in many other local organisations. She is currently a member of the Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board and the Lottery Distribution Committee.

Joy brings to the committee a wealth of senior management and directorship experience from both the private and public sector.
She is a keen outdoor enthusiast and makes the most of the abundant cycling, tramping and skiing opportunities of the Mackenzie basin.

Mathew Bayliss — Deputy Chair

Mathew grew up in Otematata and spent his childhood fishing, swimming and boating on the lakes and rivers of the Mackenzie and Waitaki.

For the past 17 years Mathew has been a member of the Omarama Volunteer fire brigade and was a member of the Land SAR team until recently.

He also chairs the Meridian Energy Te Anau / Manapouri Community Fund and was previously acting chair of the Meridian Waitaki Community Fund.

As the Asset Maintenance Manager for Meridian Energy in Twizel, Mat has accumulated more than 25 years' technical and management experience in the energy sector.

Simon Cameron — Chair

Simon is a local merino sheep and beef farmer whose family has lived and worked in the Mackenzie basin since 1891.

As well as being a keen artist, Simon also enjoys fly fishing and boating on the local lakes and rivers. Simon's family property is used each year for the region's Hard Labour Weekend Sports event and parts of the Lord of the Rings movies were also filmed on the property.

Simon is currently a Director with Merino NZ Incorporated, a position he has held since 2005, and a Justice of the Peace.

Richard Subtil

Richard Subtil is a farmer and irrigator at Omarama Station, and has been involved in water use and quality issues for many years.

Richard played a significant role in creating the Omarama Stream Water Users Group, is a consistent contributor to the NAWG group and has worked alongside the local iwi to protect the local eels in the Omarama Stream.

In 2014 the Subtil’s Omarama high-country farm was awarded the Supreme Award at the Ballance Farm Environment Award Regional Awards, as well as the Environment Canterbury Water Quality, Water Force Integrated Management, Ballance Agri-Nutrients Soil Management, and Massey University Innovation Awards.

Rūnanga representatives
Rynee de Garnham- Te Rūnanga o  Waihao (Interim)
Michael McMillan - Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua

Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.

With your contribution, with my contribution, we will sustain the people.

Kā mihi.

Keiran Whyte - Runanga Rep Te Rūnanga o Moeraki
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Council appointments
  • TBA - Waitaki District Council
  • Cr Scott Aronsen - Mackenzie District Council
  • Cr Lisa Small (observer) - Waimate District Council
Environment Canterbury appointment
  • Cr John Sunckell


View agendas and meeting papers

How are zone committee members selected?

Water zone committee members are appointed after councils advertise for expressions of interest from the community and serve for three years.

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.

See our video about managing water in Canterbury.

Zone committee key resources 

Download key documents developed by the committee, and view meeting minutes, agendas and presentations: