The Technical Alliance is an impartial, advisory group of specialists who will provide technical information to the Collaborative Stakeholder Group and to Te Rōpū Hautū (project steering group).
They will collate, analyse, summarise and present environmental, social, cultural and economic information about the rivers and the consequences of different land management scenarios.
Collectively the Technical Alliance has expertise in:
Information from the Technical Alliance will also be used by decision makers on the proposed plan change.
The Technical Alliance comprises a core seven member Technical Leaders Group and a wider Technical Support Group that will be called upon as and if required.
The Technical Alliance was established following feedback from key stakeholders at a workshop in September 2013, at which its structure, size, membership, funding and operation were discussed.
Membership of the Technical Leaders Group was announced on 13 May 2014. Read the media release.
The Technical Leaders Group members are:
Dr Bryce Cooper, General Manager - Strategy, NIWA
Dr Liz Wedderburn, Portfolio Leader Agriculture Policy and Maori Agribusiness Principal Scientist, AgResearch
Mr Antoine Coffin, Director, Te Onewa Consultants
Dr Graeme Doole, Professor of Environmental Economics, University of Waikato
Dr Mike Scarsbrook, Environment Policy Manager, DairyNZ
Dr John Quinn, Chief Scientist - Freshwater and Estuaries, NIWA
Dr Tony Petch, Director, Tony Petch Consulting Ltd
The Technical Leaders Group was established using a Request for Proposal process, which sought a chair and six members:
The Technical Support Group was established using an Expression of Interest process, which sought to establish a panel of available specialists with relevant skills, knowledge and experience and the ability to communicate information clearly and deliver reports in a timely manner. The Technical Leaders Group will make recommendations to Te Rōpū Hautū (project steering group) on use of the Technical Support Group to best meet the information needs of the Collaborative Stakeholder Group and the project.
Selection processes ran from December 2013 to January 2014.
Read the Terms of Reference - Technical Alliance.