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Collaborative Stakeholder Group

The proposed plan change was developed using an innovative collaborative process working alongside our iwi partners, key stakeholders and communities.

A Collaborative Stakeholder Group (CSG) was established in 2014 with industry, community and sectors putting forward their own delegates to sit on the group. The CSG process means those who are most affected by the changes have been at the table developing the policy and providing input and feedback from their communities and sectors.


The CSG composition and membership were approved by the Healthy Rivers Wai Ora committee on 16 December 2013. Read the media release.

An interim chair, Bill Wasley, was appointed in February 2014. Read the media release.

Sector representativesDelegate
Dairy George Moss,
Dr Rick Pridmore
Charlotte Rutherford
Horticulture Chris Keenan Garth Wilcox
Rural advocacy James Houghton Sally Millar
Energy Stephen Colson Tim Mckenzie 
Industry Dr Ruth Bartlett Elizabeth Aveyard
Sheep and beef James Bailey Graeme Gleeson
Environment/NGOs Al Fleming
Michelle Archer
Jim Crawford
Dr David Campbell
Local government Sally Davis Tim Harty
Tourism and recreation Alastair Calder Don Scarlet
Forestry Patricia Fordyce Sally Strang/
Kelvin Meredith
Māori interests Alamoti Te Pou
Weo Maag
Gina Rangi
Clinton Hemana
Water supply takes Garry Maskill Mark Bourne
Rural professionals Phil Journeaux -


Community representativesDelegate
People living in the Waikato or Waipa river catchments Jason Sebestian No delegates
Brian Hanna
Gayle Leaf
Evelyn Forrest
Dr Gwyneth Verkerk
Liz Stolwyk
Matt Makgill


Selection process

Sectors nominated their own representatives. For the remaining seats, a selection panel, consisting of eight members of Te Rōpū Hautū (project steering group), conducted a thorough and robust process to select representatives for their three seats, a new rural professionals seat and eight community seats.

The CSG selection process looked for:

  • A balance across social, cultural, economic and environmental wellbeing
  • A demographic and geographic balance
  • Candidates with the right skills (communicative, consider multiple views, solutions oriented, synthesise technical information)
  • Candidates with networks, influence and mandate
  • Candidates able to maintain a separation between decision making.

These criteria were derived from:

  • The Draft Terms of Reference for the CSG
  • A stakeholder workshop on 28 August 2013
  • A project partners workshop on 25 September 2013. Project partners said that candidates who ‘ticked all the boxes’ of the criteria should be prioritised. For example, a candidate who understands farming, forestry and environmental stewardship, and also brings complementary skills or perspectives to the group, should be considered more favourably than a candidate without the same breadth of knowledge.

More information

CSG workshops

CSG documents