Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups

Role and Functioning of Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

It is intended that the SIGs focus on issues which are likely to be the subject of proposals for National Policy Statements (NPS), National Environmental Standards (NES) or new legislation.  The purpose of the SIGs will be to assist the RMLA Legislation Committee in preparing and presenting submissions on proposed NPS, NES and new enactments as they emerge from Government.

SIGs may also function to provide networking with other specialists and a forum for discussion.  The activities of the SIGs will also be reported in Resource Management News from time to time to keep RMLA members in general informed about important developments in these areas of law and practice.

It is intended that the SIGs will correspond via email groups.  For the larger SIGs with 20 or more members, the Convenors may establish a core group of 6-10 members to facilitate the preparation of draft submissions for discussion by the relevant SIG before being recommended to the Legislation Committee for approval as the basis of the RMLA’s submission on a proposed NPS or NES.  The practise is that the SIG prepare a draft submission, for consideration and final approval by the Legislation Committee.  Administrative support is provided to the SIG through Karol Helmink, such as provision of a template for seeking input on submissions.  Email information is provided via ‘blind carbon copy’ to provide privacy of email addresses.

Convenor contact details are listed below.

Air Quality

Roger Cudmore

Email: Roger Cudmore

Biodiversity / Nature Conservation
Gael Ogilvie Email: Gael Ogilvie

Climate Change
Karen Price Email: Karen Price

Coastal Land and Marine Areas Quentin Davies Email: Quentin Davies

Contaminated Sites
Ian Fraser Email: Ian Fraser

Fresh Water

(including Drinking Water)

Maree Baker-Galloway

Email: Maree Baker-Galloway

Independent Hearings


Mark St Clair
Email: m.stclair@hyc.co.nz

Local Body
Gerald Lanning
Email: Gerald Lanning

RMA Policy & Review
James Gardner-Hopkins
Email: James Gardner-Hopkins

Urban Design / Sustainability
Dennis Scott
Email: Dennis Scott

Utilities & Infrastructure

  • Electricity Transmission
  • Electricity Generation
  • Telecommunications
  • Land Transport
Vanessa Hamm Email: Vanessa Hamm

Academic Advisory Group
 Nicola Wheen
Email:  Nicola Wheen


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