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Our management

We have a flat management structure with our activities organised into nine groups. See the diagram below.


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Our work is organised into programmes or projects which often involve teams of people from across the organisation.

Vaughan Payne

Chief Executive

Vaughan Payne

Photo of Clare Crickett

Deputy Chief Executive

Clare Crickett

The Deputy Chief Executive is responsible for the Communications, Tai-ranga-whenua (iwi liaison), and Statutory Processes teams.

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Biosecurity and Natural Heritage Group

John Simmons, Group Manager

This group is responsible for managing the control of plant and animal pests under the Biosecurity Act 1993. They also take a proactive approach to biodiversity prioritising natural areas of significance such as native bush and coastal areas.

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Corporate Services Group

Junine Stewart, Group Manager

This group has a number of programmes that support all other work areas in our organisation. They include administration support, property services, computer support and software development, and information storage and the library.

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Finance Group

Michael (Mike) Garrett, Group Manager

This group is responsible for the Strategic Development Unit which includes the corporate planning function, all financial and management accounting, statutory reporting, rates recovery and governance administration.

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Resource Use Group

Chris McLay, Group Manager

This group is responsible for consents, environmental education, monitoring and enforcement, navigation safety and ready response. 


This group is responsible for ensuring the use and development of natural and physical resources complies with our plans. It issues resource consents that allow people to use natural resources without harming our environment.

Consents are issued for water or land use, or discharge of contaminants into the air or into water. These often contain conditions to reduce the effects of the activity on the environment. It also manages environmental risks such as contaminated sites.

Environmental education

Education encourages people to understand their place in the natural environment and the part they can play in caring for their region. We support many initiatives, such as Zero Waste, schools programmes, business education programmes and care groups operating in the city and throughout the region. We facilitate a range of industry processes to develop best environmental practices, and provide environmental training for consultants and professionals who in turn train resource users. Staff also facilitate public meetings and get involved in community projects to promote interest in the environment.

Monitoring and enforcement

Staff monitor consents to ensure people and industries keep to the conditions. They also respond to pollution complaints.

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River and Catchment Services Group

Scott Fowlds, Group Manager

This group maintains our civil defence, land management, natural hazard management, rivers and drainage works and operations.

The scheme assets provide security for the community against flooding and erosion, as well as enhancing the environment and improving water quality.

This group also gathers information to help manage and minimise the effects of natural hazards such as volcanic eruption, floods, landslides and earthquakes. It also manages flood warning systems, emergency management preparation and response, and marine oil spills.

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Policy and Transport Group 

Tracey May, Acting Group Manager

This group manages natural resource policy, regional integration, public transport policy and operations, evaluation and advocacy, and special policy projects. 

The major policy documents can be viewed in our Policy and Plans section.

Resource Information Group

Tracey May, Acting Group Manager

This group provides environmental and social information to help the council, resource users and the community to understand and manage our natural and physical resources.

It measures and monitors the health of the environment, collecting a wide range of environmental information  on water, land, soil, air, plants and animals, as well as the social, economic and cultural characteristics of the regional community.