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Distinguished Professor Dame Anne Salmond, University of Auckland

Talk Time: Opening Address, Monday 5th December 8:30 - 10:00am 

Talk Topic: Do rivers have rights?

Anne Salmond is a Distinguished Professor in Maori Studies and Anthropology at the University of Auckland.

She is a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences in the US, Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and Foreign Member of the American Philosophical Society. As part of her scholarly work, Dame Anne has developed a strong interest in Enlightenment natural history and Maori and Pacific philosophies relating to land and sea, bringing these together with aspects of cutting edge science to reflect upon environmental questions.

Dame Anne has a long-standing practical interest in environmental projects. A former Deputy Chair of the Parks and Wilderness Trust in Auckland, she is Patron of the Whinray Kiwi Trust, the National Whale Museum, the Great Barrier Island Trust, the Te Awaroa Foundation for rivers restoration, Chairperson of the Longbush Eco Trust and co-founder of the Longbush Ecosanctuary in Gisborne (  



Bryan Brooks, Baylor University 

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Talk Time: Monday 5 December, 10:45am

Talk Topic: Lessons Learned from Fish on Prozac and Other Adventures in Urban Waters.

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Bryan W. Brooks is Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Institute of Biomedical Studies, and Director of the Environmental Health Science program at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA. He received a B.S. and M.S. in biological sciences (limnology) from the University of Mississippi (Oxford, Mississippi, USA) and a Ph.D. in environmental science from the University of North Texas (Denton, Texas, USA). Dr. Brooks’ research, which focuses on environmental, aquatic and comparative toxicology and pharmacology, sustainable molecular design, developing approaches to define water quality and risks of contaminants of historical and emerging concern, water reuse, and the ecology and toxicology of harmful algae blooms, is ongoing in urban regions on 5 continents. The author of over 125 refereed journal articles, editorials and book chapters, he is Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Management, is editor of aquatic toxicology for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and Associate Editor of environmental management for Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, and serves on the editorial boards of Science of the Total Environment and Toxicon.  Dr. Brooks received 2009 and 2013 Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and is a past fellow of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute. He recently served as the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Water and the Environment at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, and as a Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. 




Hans Schreier, University of British Columbia Hans Schreier

Talk Time: Thursday 8 December, 9.45am

Talk Topic: Cumulative effects of Increased Climatic and Land Use Changes on Water Resources

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Hans Schreier is a professor in the Faculty of Land & Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on watershed management, land-water interactions, soil and water pollution, stormwater management, climate change and virtual water issues. He has worked extensively in watershed studies in the Himalayan, the Andean and the Rocky Mountains. In 1999 he received the Manaaki Whenua Fellowship Award by Landcare Research in New Zealand. He produced 9 multi-media CD-ROMs for the Himalayan-Andean Watershed Comparison Project in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Bhutan, Nepal, and China. In 2000 he developed a WEB-based Certificate Program in Watershed Management at UBC and some 1300 individuals from 24 different countries have participated in the program. From 2003-2007 he was Co-Leader of the Watershed Program of the Canadian Water Network National Centre of Excellence. From 2003-2011 he was on the Water Advisory Panel for the Columbia Basin Trust focusing on the Columbia River Treaty negotiations with the USA. In 2004 he received the “Science in Action” Award from The United Nations International Year of Fresh Water, Science & Education Program, for outstanding work in making watershed management knowledge available in Canada and in Developing Countries. In 2008 he received the King Albert International Mountain Award for scientific accomplishment of lasing values to the world’s mountains. King Albert I Memorial Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland. For more details see:




Paul Logan, Defra

Talk Time: Tuesday 6 December, 9.45amPaul Logan

Talk Topic: River Basin Management and Biological Monitoring - A UK and European perspective of the interaction between science and regulation.

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Current Position: Evidence Manager, Strategic Environmental Planning, Environment Agency for England, managing a national team developing evidence to support river basin planning, strategic water planning and management of aquatic natural capital
Education: MA in Zoology from Cambridge (1977), MSc in Applied Hydrobiology from the University of Wales, Cardiff (1979).
Working experience: aquatic weeds research, ecology of canals, biological monitoring of freshwaters across England, National Rivers Authority National Ecology Advisor, River Basin Management Programme Manager (England and Wales), Evidence Manager Strategic Environmental Planning.
Current positions held: chair of UK Water Framework Technical Advisory Group Intercalibration sub group, chair of British Standards Institute Committee covering ecological monitoring of fresh and saline waters and aquatic ecotoxicology, chair of European Standards committee on freshwater invertebrate monitoring. European Standards and UK representative to EU Common Implementation Strategy Group for biological monitoring with respect to the EU Water Framework Directive.
Publications on stream biology, biological classification, control of aquatic weeds, river basin management and ecosystem services.
Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology



Clive Howard-Williams, NIWAPhoto Clive Howard-Williams

Talk Time: Tuesday 6 December, 1:20pm

Talk Topic: Environmental externalities and freshwater reforms - Can we really manage whole catchments?

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Clive is NIWA’s Chief Science Advisor for Natural Resources and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury. Clive received his PhD in Wetland Ecology at the University of London and came to New Zealand in 1979 to work in the then Department of Scientific and Industrial Research.  He has been at NIWA since its inception in 1992. His research has centered on nutrient cycling in freshwater and estuaries, and on the role of aquatic plants in aquatic ecosystems. His work has taken him from the poles to the tropics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and the recipient of the NZ Science and Technology Silver medal for contributions to freshwater research. Clive was awarded the New Zealand Antarctic Medal in the Queens New Year’s Honours in 2006 for services to New Zealand’s Antarctic programme. Clive sits on a number of national and regional Government committees related to freshwater management including advisor to the Land and Water Forum.






Jacinta Ruru, University of OtagoJacinta Ruru

Talk Time: Tuesday 6 December, 9.15am

Talk Topic: Why freshwater matters to Maori in law

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Jacinta Ruru is Co-Director of Nga Pae o te Maramatanga New Zealand’s Maori Centre of Research Excellence and Professor of Law at the University of Otago.  Her more than 90 publications explore Indigenous peoples’ legal rights to own, manage and govern Maori land, water, national parks and coastlines.  She has co-led national and international research projects on the common law doctrine of discovery, Indigenous peoples’ rights to freshwater and minerals, and multidisciplinary understandings of landscapes.  She has won awards in teaching, research and for supervision.  Jacinta is General Editor for the Resource Management Law Association, co-chair of Te Poutama Maori (Otago’s Maori Academic Staff Caucus), and Director of a new Te Ihaka Building Maori Leaders in Law programme.  She is an associate at the Indigenous Law Centre, University of New South Wales.







Jenny Webster-Brown, University of Canterbury jenny webster-brown

Talk Time: Thursday 8 December, 9:00am

Talk Topic: Speaking Out - what stops us and why?

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Professor Jenny Webster-Brown is the Director of the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management;  a teaching and research centre created in 2009 by the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University, to help improve freshwater resource management in New Zealand.  She is a graduate of Otago University, and has worked as a research geochemist and occasional environmental consultant for over 30 yrs, initially with DSIR in Wellington and with ESR in Auckland.  She lectured in environmental chemistry, aquatic geochemistry and water quality at the University of Auckland for 13 yrs, before moving to Canterbury in January 2010. The Waterways Centre is actively engaged in education on freshwater management, and this includes getting reliable, up-to-date information on freshwater systems to tertiary students, those employed in the water industries and regulatory bodies, and out into the community.





Ken Taylor, AgResearch ken taylor

Talk Time: Wednesday 7 December, 8.45am

Talk Topic: The Our Land and Water National Science Challenge: how transformative can we be?

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I am currently the Director of the Our Land and Water National Science Challenge Science. The Challenge mission is “To enhance primary sector production and productivity while maintaining and improving our land and water quality for future generations”. The Challenge has a strong emphasis on working collaboratively with stakeholders and users of science to ensure that its research findings are relevant, accessible and applicable. Prior to taking up the role with the Challenge I was Director of Science at Environment Canterbury, responsible for meeting the information needs of the organisation and its community with respect to the quantity and quality of natural resources in the region. This included 

  • Carrying out investigations to characterise resources, understand the biophysical processes that drive changes in the nature and quality of resources and define limits to resource use.
  • Providing effective input to both collaborative and statutory processes that contribute to good outcomes for Canterbury. 

In recent years this work involved a growing emphasis on redefining both the design and delivery of science to respond more effectively to the ways communities of interest identify, process and contextualise information needs. This shift in approach is reflected in the way the Challenge wishes to operate.Since 2009, I’ve been actively involved in the Land and Water Forum. For several years I have chaired the National Objectives Framework reference group, a joint initiative of the ministries of Primary Industry and the Environment, and the Forum, to help develop one of the central elements of the government’s water reform package.



Sir Tipene O'Regan, University of Canterbury Sir Tipene ORegan

Talk Time: Monday 5 December, 10.00am

Talk Topic: Mahika Kai - The Hinge of Heritage

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Ngāi Tahu Kaumātua, Upoko Rūnanga, Te Rūnanga o Awarua

Sir Tipene O’Regan is a widely recognised participant in the debate on the shape and character of the Māori economy and the modernising of iwi governance models. He holds multiple positions on Māori and educational bodies and he has a highly-regarded passion for traditional history and ethnology of Ngāi Tahu and Te Waipounamu.

Sir Tipene led the Ngāi Tahu Claims process before the Waitangi Tribunal from 1986, culminating in a notable settlement with the Crown in 1998. He was the architect of the Treaty Fisheries Settlements in 1989 and 1992 and became the founding Chairman of Te Ohu Kai Moana , the Maori Fisheries Commission. He has been chairman and director of a wide range of entities in both the public and private sectors and has held major board appointments in both the heritage and environment sectors.




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Conference Venue


Ascot Park Hotel
Invercargill's premiere hotel and conference centre. 

At the doorway of Invercargill, Ascot Park Hotel offers not only a quality accommodation but also a conference venue with a number of conference rooms and function amenities. Set in stunning Southland, Ascot Park is the gateway to Fiordland, Catlins and the outlying areas of the Southern Province.

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Getting To Invercargill


Air New Zealand provides up to 10 daily flights into Invercargill from Christchurch or Wellington, with flights from all other major cities and towns around New Zealand into those two centres. Click here to visit Air NZ website

The Conference Venue - Ascot Hotel, is approx 12 minutes drive from Invercargill Airport.

The Conference organising committee have arranged for bus transport to/from Invercargill airport for all delegates. There is an extra minimal cost for this and all bus tickets must be booked with your registration. Click here for more information on the bus transport.




Conference Dinner Venue


Bill Richardson Transport World is the largest private collection of its type in the world. Home to over 250 vehicles, a wearable arts collection, children’s play zones, The Grille Cafe and themed bathrooms fast becoming as famous as our vehicles. Transport World has something for everyone. 

Date: Thursday 8 December

Theme: 'The Roaring 20's' - click here for costume ideas!

5.30pm: Access to the Museum to view the full collection (delegates own cost)

6.30pm: Pre-Dinner Drinks 

7.00pm: Dinner (set menu)

Dinner will be followed by entertainment from local Invercargill band 'Midnight Cruise'

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