Essential Freshwater Regional Sector Group

Regional councils are vital partners in improving freshwater quality because of their links to local communities and their statutory role.

About the group

The Regional Sector Water sub-group brings the voice and views of regional councils to the Essential Freshwater Work Programme.

The group provides:

  • governance of engagement between regional councils and the Ministry on the Essential Freshwater Work Programme
  • advice on relevant areas
  • a forum for sharing information.


Bill Bayfield – Environment Canterbury

Pat Dougherty – Nelson City Council

Doug Leeder – Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Alan Livingston – Waikato Regional Council

Iain Maxwell – Hawkes Bay Regional Council

Fiona McTavish – Bay of Plenty Regional Council

James Palmer – Hawkes Bay Regional Council

Vaughan Payne – Waikato Regional Council (co-chair)

Andrew Robb – West Coast Regional Council

Jon Roygard – Horizons Regional Council

Mike Scarsbrook – Waikato Regional Council

Cheryl Barnes – Ministry for the Enviornment (co-chair)