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Previous Projects

Joint Monitoring and Reporting – Workplan Development

(Waikato Regional Council – 2013)

Facilitation of discussions between Waikato Tainui and Waikato Regional Council on the requirements for joint monitoring and reporting on the Health and Wellbeing of the Waikato River as required under their Joint Management Agreement. Developed a draft work plan for the two parties to ratify and implement

Aquatic Pest Interagency summary report

(Bay of Plenty Regional Council – 2013)

Development of inaugural annual reporting template and documentation for the joint agency Aquatic Pest Co-ordination Group.  Included compilation of background information, agency roles as well as collation of work outputs and budgets/costs for reporting purposes.

Template developed and report prepared for 2011/2012 financial year and updated again in September 2013 for 2012/2013 financial year.

Wetland Restoration Plan

(Private Client - 2014)

Compilation of a remediation and restoration plan for a small wetland remnant in the Waikato.  Work included identification of species for planting, planting plan, plant numbers, weed control requirements and work schedule.

West Coast Zone Plan development

(Waikato Regional Council – 2012-2013)

Development of a framework for the West Coast Zone Plan in collaboration with the Zone Manager.  Facilitation of workshops with Zone committee to establish vision and goals for the Zone.  Recommendations provided on a way forward and draft structure of document.

Shallow Lakes Management Plan

(Waikato Regional Council – 2012)

Assistance and input provided to WRC Shallow lakes programme to develop and update draft management plan.  Assistance included collation of technical information, advice on formatting and provision of background knowledge to assist in plan development.

East Coast Feral Goat Control – Annual Report

(Bay of Plenty Regional Council – 2012)

 Liaison with Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Department of Conservation and Nga Whenua Rahui to update annual report for this cross-agency feral goat control program throughout the East Coast Bay of Plenty Conservancy.  Builds on work undertaken for the program in 2011 with the establishment of an annual reporting template, report layout and associated documentation.

Review of Sustainable Land Management Activities

(Waikato Regional Council – 2012)

 Review of current SLM activities within WRC and across internal work programmes – historic work, links to policy, how effective is work at meeting objectives, current and future drivers, issues, options and recommendations.  Preparation of report and planning and facilitation of staff workshops to provide input and implement findings

Envirolink – National Air Quality Working Group Research Strategy

(Hawkes Bay Regional Council – 2012)

 Worked with the National Air Quality Working Group to develop a research strategy to assist the group in meeting information requirements for Air Quality management in New Zealand. This strategy identified key research questions and the information requirements to meet the management needs of both Regional and District Councils.  The work outlined a decision and prioritisation process to assist in identification of these requirements. This was an Envirolink funded project.

http://www.envirolink.govt.nz/Envirolink-reports/1-NLCC1/1103-HBRC62/

Biodiversity Condition Fund Application – Ruawahia 2B Trust – Ngati Rangitihi

Worked with Trust to prepare bid for funding through the BCF fund for work controlling wildling conifers on Mount Tarawera.  Application covered ecological concepts, cultural linkages, work plans and aspirations of the Trust.

West Coast Zone – Information collation

(Waikato Regional Council – 2012)

The purpose of this work and report preparation was to collate current known information and issues relating to land management in catchments within the West Coast Zone of the Waikato Region.  Information includes detail on soil types, erosion issues, biodiversity values, biosecurity issues, statistics on land cover, community characteristics and other variables as well as a summary of current work including pest control, land management and monitoring programmes.  This document provides an overview across the zone which follows an integrated catchment management approach. The use of this information will provide a framework for developing priority catchment work with input from decision makers and community interests.

Development of Biosecurity Procedures for Lake Waikareiti and islands

(Department of Conservation – 2012)

Preparation of a practical document for use by staff, contractors and others to identify biosecurity threats to Lake Waikareiti and its islands and identify practical methods of reducing and mitigating the risk of these threats to the area.  Document also included the identification of methods to instigate these procedures and recommendations on engaging and achieving co-operation to promote compliance.

Envirolink – Decision Support System Directory

(Massey University – 2011-2012)

Provided project management for the development of a web-based directory of models and decision support system for Regional Councils.  This Envirolink funded project was implemented through Massey University.  The project involves working with a range of end users, linking with research providers and web developers. Final project report:

http://tools.envirolink.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/DSS-Directory-Project-Final-Report.pdf

WISE – Waikato Integrated Scenario Explorer

(Waikato Regional Council – 2011-2012)

Provided support for internal implementation of this integrated spatial decision support system while staff member on extended leave.  This involved management of an end-user group, partner liaison, subcontract oversight and the development of  support material for the project

http://www.creatingfutures.org.nz/

Waikato River Authority – Development of funding proposals

(Waikato Regional Council, Waikato RiverCare – 2011)

Developed funding proposals for Waikato Regional Council and Waikato RiverCare for submission to Waikato River Authority to bid for Clean up Trust funding (2011 funding round).  Facilitated meetings and coordinated information between multiple agencies for development of the RiverCare bid.

Waikato River – Co-management agreement for River-related lands

(Waikato Tainui/Waikato Regional Council – 2011-2012)

Facilitated partnership meetings between Waikato Regional Council and Waikato Tainui to develop a co-management agreement and key schedules for river-related lands in the lower Waikato River.

Assessing environmental compliance of ponding and seepage from dairy feed pads and stand-off areas  

(Waikato Regional Council - 2011)

An investigation of the potential impact of ponding and seepage from dairy feed and stand-off pads which do not use defined best management practices (BMPs) of sealed pads, capture, storage and effluent spreading.

The purpose of this report was to provide two key outcomes: To evaluate the potential scale of impacts of ponding and seepage from feed pads and stand-off pads on the environment, and provide a risk assessment of these activities and provide field guidelines/criteria to assist enforcement officers in determining whether seepage or ponding from a particular dairy stand-off area or feed pad would be a significant non-compliance issue.  Final technical report can be found at:

http://www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/tr201203

Review of Environmental Enhancement Fund

(Bay of Plenty Regional Council – 2011)

A review of the administration of the BOPRC's Environmental Enhancement Fund. The review looked at three main administrative work areas: Attracting and Processing Applications, Evaluation of Applications, and Implementation of Approved Applications. Information was gathered through discussions with staff and others, collated and recommendations made to improve outcomes under these three areas.

Competency Framework Development

(Department of Conservation, Rotorua Lakes Area Office – 2011)

Compilation of a framework to assess staff competency within the Area office in various areas of Departmental work.  This work focused on meeting Health and Safety requirements and ensuring all Departmental Standard Operating Procedures and other frameworks are met by staff undertaking various activities in their work at this office.  This framework also provides a method to identify training requirements to enable staff to work towards and meet the required competency levels.

Wildling Conifer Control Plan for priority sites in the Rotorua Lakes Area

(Department of Conservation, Rotorua Lakes Area Office – 2011)

Development of a wildling conifer control plan for priority sites within the Rotorua Lakes Area for the next 15 years.  The report explored the background to conifer infestation, issues, legal requirements and Departmental requirements.  Priority sites were identified and the values, threats and work undertaken to date compiled for each site.  Sites were also assessed from the air.  A workplan was then formulated based on current assessment and the other information compiled. 

Inventory surveys – Te Kopia Scenic Reserve and Tarawera Conservation lands

(Department of Conservation, Rotorua Lakes Area Office – 2011)

Analysis and reporting on two walkthrough surveys conducted by the Department of Conservation.  Reporting included compilation of values of the two areas, threats, current work and an assessment and analysis of the information collected during the two surveys.  The study information included vegetation condition, wild animal presence and impact and fauna assessments.  Recommendations were also made in regards to the future management for protection and enhancement of these areas.

Preparation of Assessment of Environmental effects and consent documents for weirs for Lake A and Lake E

(Waikato Regional Council – 2011)

Compilation of information and preparation of an AEE for two consents – weir installation at Lake A and weir installation at Lake E.  Included preparation of all forms, consultation letters and other required information.

Environmental Risk Assessment of Permitted Activity Rules

(Waikato Regional Council - 2011)

Undertook literature reviews and risk assessments for several permitted activity rules in the Waikato Regional Plan. Prepared technical reports that outlined findings of research. These also provided guidance for council staff to undertake monitoring and compliance assessment of these permitted activity rules.

http://www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/tr201134

End User Needs Workshop – Inter-operable Freshwater Models

(NIWA – 2011)

Planned, facilitated, and reported on a national workshop on “A Framework for Interoperable Freshwater Models". This work was part of an MSI funded project to investigate the proof of concept for creating such an interoperable framework for modeling freshwater quality and quantity in New Zealand.

The final report can be found at:

https://teamwork.niwa.co.nz/download/attachments/4456687/IFM%20EndUser%20Workshop%20Report%20Final.pdf?version=1&modificationDate=1322798518555&api=v2

Protecting Lake Taupo - Funding Review

(Waikato Regional Council, Ministry for the Environment, Taupo District Council 2011)

The Protecting Lake Taupo Project had been underway for five years at the time of this review. This review as required under the Project Agreement (between Ministry for the Environment, Waikato Regional Council and Taupo District Council) . A technical report was prepared based on information on nutrient benchmarking, Lake Taupo Protection Trust activities, and discussions held with key stakeholders in the project and representatives of the three funding partners.  The report was presented to the Joint Committee that oversees the project.

Adaptation for Resilience to Climate Change – Identifying Key Messages

(Scion – 2011)

Planned and facilitated two workshops for Scion to help identify key adaptation messages for the forestry sector to improve its resilience to climate change.

Waikato River Scoping Study – Implications for WRC

(Waikato Regional Council – 2011)

Reviewed the Waikato River Scoping Study Report (WRISS) to identify potential implications for Waikato Regional Council’s service delivery and budget planning. Process involved discussions with key WRC staff and presentation of findings to the Executive Management Team.

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New Start for Fresh Water – Water quality limits issues and options paper

(Ministry for the Environment – 2010)

Researching and writing of an issues and options report on water quality limits. This has involved working with staff within MfE and interdepartmental stakeholders to develop the report. This project was part of the officials works program under the government’s New Start for Freshwater project and was to provide part of the evidence base for the development of national fresh water policy.

Integrated Decision Support Systems - Workshop

(Envirolink project/ Landcare Research – 2010)

Planned and facilitated a national workshop on integrated decision support systems. Co-authored a report that included the workshop outcomes and recommendations.  This was an Envirolink project managed by Landcare Research. Report 892-HBRC136 - final report can be viewed at the following link:

http://www.envirolink.govt.nz/Envirolink-reports/1-NLCC1/892-HBRC136/

Community Relations Strategy Review

(Bay of Plenty Regional Council – 2010)

Undertook a review of the Community Relation Strategy for Bay of Plenty Regional Council.  Involving workshops with staff from across disciplines of the organisation. Developed a new strategy based on workshop outcomes, current best practice and defined corporate requirements.

Nutrient Management Planning – Effectiveness within nutrient management rules

(Waikato Regional Council Waikato – 2010)

Preparation of a policy research document on the implementation of nutrient management rules and their effectiveness at using nutrient management plans. This involved investigating available literature, interviewing implementation staff from Waikato Regional Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council and providing a report of key findings based on the investigations.

Creating Futures – Decision Support System

(Waikato Regional Council/FRST – 2006-2010).

Project management of this FRST funded multiagency research project.  The project is aimed at the development of decision making tools and models for use in policy development by local government.

www.creatingfutures.org.nz 

Project management of this FRST funded multiagency research project in 2007. The project is developing decision support tools and models for use in regional policy development. Provided on-going project support over the last four years, including a recent report on local government policy processes and opportunities to use decision support tools in these processes -  http://www.creatingfutures.org.nz/assets/Uploads/Background-Files/RegionalPolicy-Development-Processes-Opportunities-for-use-of-Creating-Futures-tools.DOC

Land Use Futures Board – Business Planning

(Bay of Plenty Regional Council – 2009/10)

Planning and facilitation of workshops with Rotorua Land Use Futures Board members to develop a business strategy for the Board. Prepared the Board’s position paper on land use change in the Lake Rotorua catchment. Provided a discussion document on options for allocation of nutrient discharge allowances to the Board.

Marginal Land  - Research Strategy and Business Plan Development

(Scion – 2009/10)

Worked with Scion project leaders and scientists in the development of a research strategy and business plan for the organisations objective of ‘optimising the use of marginal land’. Organised and facilitated meetings with three regional councils in the Central North Island. Prepared an internal report on regional government and RMA perspectives for the project.

Water Allocation Workshops

(Waikato Regional Council – 2009/10)

Facilitated a series of ‘pre-environment court’ workshops on Environment Waikato’s Regional Plan - Variation No. 6: Water Allocation. Six workshops were held, each targeting a specific issue with a range of appellants. This required developing a comprehensive understanding of the proposed allocation policy, management issues being debated, and management of conflicting appellant views.

Catchment Scale Nutrient Modelling

(Envirolink project/Landcare Research  - 2009)

Research and preparation of a report on catchment scale nutrient modelling in New Zealand. Planned and facilitated a national workshop on using catchment scale nutrient models as decision support tools in managing diffuse discharges of nutrients. The report included the workshop outcomes.  This was an Envirolink project managed by Landcare Research. Report 769-HBRC113 

http://www.envirolink.govt.nz/Envirolink-reports/1-NLCC1/769-HBRC113/

Environmental Education Review

(Bay of Plenty Regional Council– 2009)

Undertook a review of the environmental education activities at Bay of Plenty Regional Council.  Assessments were made of current activities and the wider organisational expectations for education as a tool in achieving organisational outcomes. This included interviewing Councilors and key staff across the organisation.  Findings were collated in a summary report.

Strategy for a Sustainable Environment

(Waikato Regional Council -  2008)

Research and preparation of a policy research document on possible future constraints, conflicts and opportunities for different development areas in the Waikato Region. This document was prepared for use in discussions with stakeholders to help guide the development of future resource management strategies and policies for the Waikato Region.

Waihou/Piako Flood Scheme Funding Review

(Waikato  Regional Council– 2008/09)

Development and implementation of a community engagement strategy for the Waihou/Piako Flood scheme funding review. This included presenting the funding review proposal and facilitating stakeholder and community meetings. Also provided technical and reporting support to the Hearings Committee process.

Wetland Nutrient Removal Processes

(Auckland/Waikato Fish and Game – 2008)

Review of factors influencing the removal of nutrients from natural and constructed wetlands to support a funding application by Fish and Game (Auckland/Waikato) for wetland enhancement.

Data assessment of information on fish passage

Department of Conservation – Research and Development - 2006

An assessment of what information is held by agencies including regional and local government agencies, DOC and Fish and Game in regards to fish passage.  From this information an assessment was undertaken as to whether any scope for a national dataset is possible to assist and complement other projects such as WONI

Land Improvement Agreement inspections

(Waikato Regional Council – 2008)

Land Improvement Agreement monitoring – inspection of historic soil conservation works for Waikato Regional Council.  Collation of information, field inspections and reporting on status.

Permitted Activity Assessment

(Waikato Regional Council – 2007)

Development of a strategy and a series of monitoring plans to assess the level of compliance with priority permitted activity rules within the Waikato Regional Plan.  The aim of this work was to establish a strategy and clear methodology for WRC to use to assess the effectiveness of the identified priority activity rules.

Taupo Ecological District – Gap Analysis

(Waikato Catchment Ecological Enhancement Trust – 2007)

Gathered information on work currently underway by various organisations within different ecosystem types within the Taupo Ecological District.  From this information, various gaps and opportunities were identified where the Trust may be make progress towards achieving its objectives.  This process included the identification of assessment processes and a priortisation system.

Drivers of Land Use Change

(Waikato Regional Council – 2007)

Report on what the key drivers are for land use change and an assessment of how much influence local government has on these drivers

http://www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/Services/Publications/Technical-Reports/Identification-and-Analysis-of-Drivers-of-Significant-Land-Use-Change/

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