Hon Peter Salmon CNZM QC,
Retired Justice of the High Court of New Zealand

Hon Peter Salmon CNZM QC commenced practice in 1959 and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1983. In 1992 he was asked to be the RMLA’s first president in recognition of his position as the respected leader of the Planning Bar. He was appointed to the High Court in 1996 where he sat until 2005 including in the Court of Appeal. He retired from practice in 2005 but continued to work as an arbitrator, mediator and resource consent commissioner. He was also a judge on the Pacific Island Court of Appeal and is general editor of the annotated Salmon – Resource Management Act and joint editor of Environmental Law in New Zealand, both published by Thomson Reuters.


Duncan Ballinger,
Barrister, Stout Street Chambers and committee member of Lawyers for Climate Action NZ Inc

Duncan was a judge's clerk at the Court of Appeal in 2015 and 2016, and joined Stout Street Chambers as a barrister in 2017. He was a member of Generation Zero’s campaign for a Zero Carbon Bill for New Zealand and is a founding committee member of Lawyers for Climate Action New Zealand. Duncan has experience in a range of civil litigation practice areas and has a particular interest in public and environmental law.


Stuart Ryan,

Stuart is a barrister with a practice in resource management and public law. Stuart was a partner at Cooney, Lees Morgan and later at Hesketh Henry in Auckland before commencing practice as barrister in 2009. Stuart is a contributing editor to Salmon Resource Management.


Karenza de Silva,
Environmental Lawyer

Karenza de Silva is a sole practitioner environmental lawyer based in Auckland with 34 years’ experience. She specialises in enforcement under the RMA and other environmental legislation. Karenza currently receives instructions on enforcement work from three regional councils (Northland, Taranaki and Manawatu-Wanganui) and also does some work for individuals (outside of the regions of the councils she acts for). Karenza has written reports for MfE on prosecutions and other enforcement under the RMA. She has written manuals for local authorities on enforcement under the RMA and the Biosecurity Act. Karenza is consulting editor for Resource Management Tracker, author of Resource Management Workflow, Enforcement, a contributing author to Environmental Law in New Zealand and member of the editorial panel for Salmon – Resource Management Act, all published by Thomson Reuters. Karenza has an LLB & LLM (Envir)(Hons).


Elizabeth Soal,
Chief Executive, Irrigation New Zealand

Elizabeth Soal is the Chief Executive of Irrigation New Zealand, which represents farmer-irrigators, irrigation schemes, and the irrigation service industry. She previously worked as the Director of Strategy and Policy at the Waitaki Irrigators Collective and prior to that as a social development policy advisor. Until recently she sat on the Technical Committee of the International Alliance for Water Stewardship, based in Edinburgh. The Alliance aims to improve water-related outcomes across the globe through the setting of internationally-agreed water stewardship standards.

Elizabeth is currently working towards a PhD in Geography at Otago University which focuses on past and present freshwater governance in New Zealand.

Her role at Irrigation New Zealand includes communicating to decision-makers and the wider community around the benefits of irrigation and well-managed water use and how that contributes to our collective wellbeing.


Dr Lee Beattie,
Urban Designer and Urban Planner, Deputy Head of School of Architecture + Planning, University of Auckland

Lee is a practicing urban designer and urban planner with over 25 years' professional experience. He has qualifications in urban planning, urban design, and environmental science.

Lee is currently the Deputy Head of the School of Architecture and Planning and the Director of their Master of Urban Design Programme. He specialises in urban design and urban planning policy implementation and evaluation, growth management and housing issues. He is a rotating Chair of the Auckland Council's Urban Design Panel, an Auckland Council and Queenstown Lakes Independent Planning Hearing Commissioner and Secretary of the Urban Design Forum.


Mary Hill,
Partner, Cooney Lees Morgan

Mary is a Partner at Tauranga law firm Cooney Lees Morgan. She advises local authorities and private clients on all aspects of resource management law and works closely with councils on a range of policy, strategic and probity issues. Mary appears regularly in the Environment Court and higher courts. She is the External Designated Protected Disclosures Officer for Hamilton City Council and acts as an independent facilitator of community disputes. She also has expertise in competition, regulatory and information law and holds a Masters in Commercial Law specialising in those areas.

Mary is currently the President of the Resource Management Law Association and sits on the Bay of Plenty Committee of the Australasian Land & Groundwater Association.


Gary Taylor CNZM,
QSO, Chairman & Executive Director, Environmental Defence Society

Gary has extensive experience in corporate governance, having been the Chairman of the Auckland Area Health Board, the Climate Change and Business Centre (Australia) and the Peoples Centre Health Trust. He has been a director of Watercare Services Ltd, Infrastructure Auckland, the Queen Elizabeth National Trust, the Auckland Regional Transport Authority and the Hobsonville Land Company. He has also been a city and regional councillor. Gary is an experienced environmental policy analyst and consultant and is currently Executive Director of EDS.

Gary was awarded a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours.


Belinda Storey,
Managing Director, Climate Sigma

Belinda is the Managing Director of Climate Sigma, a New Zealand-based think tank at the forefront of climate adaptation research. She is also a principal investigator with the Deep South National Science Challenge and Managing Director of the MBIE funded Extreme Events and the Emergence of Climate Change Research Programme.  She serves as a director on the board of New Zealand’s largest farmer Pamu – Landcorp Farming Ltd.  Belinda is a professional member of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and the New Zealand Institute of Directors. She has a MBA in Finance from Columbia University of New York, a Masters in Disaster Risk from the University of Canterbury and is completing her PhD in economics at Te Herenga Waka: Victoria University of Wellington.


Mahina-a-rangi Baker,
Lecturer, Te Wānanga o Raukawa Environment Manager, Te Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai Member, Kāhui Wai Māori – Māori Freshwater Forum

Mahina-a-rangi is a Māori environmental planning expert, who has just completed a PhD thesis in catchment modelling from a Māori knowledge perspective. She works as a consultant, including as the environment manager for one of her iwi, and also lectures kaitiakitanga and Māori science at Te Wānanga o Raukawa.

She holds several positions on forums advising Ministers on environmental issues from a Māori perspective. These include her roles in the Kāhui Wai Māori, the Māori Freshwater Advisory Group to the Minister for the Environment, where she has been closely involved with the development of Te Mana o te Wai and mahinga kai policy.

Date & Location

Auckland: 26 February 2020, Crowne Plaza


$695 + GST

Conference attendance earns 6 CPD Hours


For any event enquiries please email or phone 09 361 8925