Science and Technical Advisory Group

It is important that we have robust scientific evidence for all the work in the Ministry and as a base for freshwater policy options. We have sought external expertise to help us explore and test our approach, and to provide specialist advice on science and policy work.

About the group

The Science and Technical Advisory Group oversees the scientific evidence for freshwater policy development including water quality attributes. The establishment of this group draws on useful discussions between freshwater scientists about policy development and the science behind the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (Freshwater NPS).

This group provides and technical advice on the Essential Freshwater work programme and other Ministry for the Environment work. It has a role in ensuring the interpretation of the science for policy development is accurate. It also helps improve protocols to better manage the incorporation of science into the policy process.

Terms of Reference [PDF]


  • Ken Taylor – Our Land and Water National Science Challenge (Chair)
  • Dr Adam Canning – Fish and Game
  • Dr Bev Clarkson – Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research
  • Dr Bryce Cooper –  NIWA
  • Dr Chris Daughney – Ministry for the Environment
  • Dr Clive Howard-Williams – NIWA
  • Dr Dan Hikuroa – University of Auckland
  • Graham Sevicke-Jones – Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research
  • Prof. Ian Hawes – University of Waikato
  • Prof. Jenny Webster-Brown – Lincoln University and University of Canterbury
  • Dr Joanne Clapcott – Cawthron Institute
  • Dr Jon Roygard – Horizons Regional Council
  • Dr Marc Schallenberg – University of Otago – Past President of New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society
  • Dr Mike Joy – Victoria University of Wellington
  • Ra Smith – Kahungunu ki Wairarapa
  • Prof. Russell Death – Massey University

Members have been appointed to this group because of their personal insight, skills and expertise, not as representatives of any organisation.

Kahui Wai Māori members who are also on the Science and Technical Advisory Group are:

  • Dr Tanira Kingi
  • Dr James Ataria
  • Mahina-a-Rangi Baker

Meeting minutes