Environment Canterbury Councillors

Purpose of the Board:

Environment Canterbury is one of 11 regional councils in New Zealand. It is the second largest regional council with a population of 539,436, which is 12.7% of New Zealand’s total population. 41,910 Māori live in the region, this represents 7% of the total Māori population in New Zealand. With a land area of 45,239 km2 Canterbury is New Zealand’s largest region.

As a regional council, ECan’s main functions include:

  • Managing the effects of using freshwater, land, air and coastal waters
  • Developing regional policy statements and the issuing of consents
  • Managing rivers, mitigating soil erosion and flood control
  • Regional emergency management and civil defence preparedness
  • Regional land transport planning and contracting passenger services
  • Harbour navigation and safety, oil spills and other marine pollution

Ideal Person Specification:

Under section 11 of the Environment Canterbury (Transitional Governance Arrangements) Bill, the legislation requires that Ministers must appoint members who will complement the knowledge and expertise of the elected members so that collectively, the members of the transitional governing body will have knowledge of, and expertise in relation to, the following matters:

  • The management of fresh water
  • Local authority governance and management
  • Tikanga māori, as it applies in the Canterbury region
  • The Canterbury region and its people.

In addition, it would be advantageous if the candidate can demonstrate:

Previous governance experience at a senior level. Experience in the local government sector would be an advantage

  • Demonstrated ability to be able to deal with complex issues
  • Previous involvement in water management and resource management issues is preferred
  • Strong connections with the Ngāi Tahu community within the rohe of Canterbury
  • Membership and involvement in community based organisations
  • A record of training relevant to the position. This could include certification under the Resource Management Act Making Good Decisions Training Programme and courses with the Institute of Directors.

Selection Process
The Te Apārangi Committee will assess all applications at their August 2016 meeting and will select two (2) representatives based on relevant skills presented, therefore, candidates must ensure that they provide detailed information of his/ her governance experience and skills for selection to the group.

If you would like any further details or information on any of the above positions, please contact Chloe Rapson on: 03 974 0005 or by email [email protected]

Note: all nomination forms are to be received by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, PO Box 13 046, Christchurch, Attention Chloe Rapson no later than 5pm, 29 July 2016.