Environment Canterbury commissioners

This page provides information on the Government's appointment of commissioners in 2010 to govern Environment Canterbury following significant issues with the council’s performance.

Appointment of commissioners

The Environment Canterbury (ECan) commissioners were appointed under the Environment Canterbury (Temporary Commissioners and Improved Water Management) Act 2010 (ECan Act), which was passed by Parliament on 1 April 2010.

The commissioners are:

  • Dame Margaret Bazley (Chair)
  • Hon. David Caygill (Deputy Chair)
  • David Bedford
  • Tom Lambie
  • Professor Peter Skelton
  • Rex Williams.

The Minister for the Environment wrote to Dame Margaret Bazley setting out the outcomes and goals [PDF, 168 KB] for the Environment Canterbury commissioners. It is the commissioners' responsibility to determine how best to achieve these outcomes and goals.

The commissioners must also comply with the Terms of Reference [Beehive website, PDF 26 KB].

The ECan Act provides for new elections when the commissioners have completed their task but no later than the 2016 local authority elections.

A new bill will be introduced to the House this year to establish a mixed-model governance structure for ECan for the 2016-2019 local government term. The bill, if enacted, will mean that the commissioners' terms will expire following the 2016 local body elections.

Ministers' media releases

Environment Canterbury transition plan announced July 2015 [Beehive website]
Contains link to the Government’s announcement to introduce a mixed-model governance structure as a transition measure.

Feedback sought on ECan's future governance March 2015 [Beehive website]
Contains link to the Government’s announcement of the proposal to introduce a mixed-model governance structure.

Environment Canterbury Commissioners to stay September 2012 [Beehive website]
Contains links to questions and answers on the commissioners' extended term until the 2016 local authority elections.

Environment Canterbury Commissioners appointed April 2010 [Beehive website]
Contains biographies of the commissioners and links to the Terms of Reference of 22 April 2010 and questions and answers on the commissioners.

Commissioners needed to fix Canterbury water March 2010 [Beehive website]