Auckland Seminar

The Next Auckland Seminar

The New Zealand Initiative and LEANZ invite you to our upcoming webinar:

Webinar – Resource Management Reform: Navigating The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Speakers: A panel discussion by Eric Crampton of NZI, Paul Melville, Federated Farmers Principal Advisor Water & Environment Strategy, Kevin Counsell, Associate Director at NERA and Andreas Heuser, Managing Director of Castalia Advisors.

Date: Thursday 16 March 2023

Time: 1pm-2pm

Online Event.

Registration: follow this link


About the Topic:

It’s hard to find fans of the Resource Management Act. But will the government’s proposed reforms be an improvement? If Resource Management reform happens only once every thirty years, it’s important to get things right. Join NERA’s Kevin Counsel, Castalia’s Andreas Heuser, Federated Farmers’ Paul Melville, and the Initiative’s Eric Crampton for the good, the bad, and the ugly in proposed Resource Management reform.

We look forward to a thought provoking discussion with our expert panellists.

About the Speakers:

Eric Crampton is the Chief Economist at The New Zealand Initiative. With the Initiative, he has worked in policy areas ranging from freshwater management to policy for earthquake preparedness, and from local government to technology policy.

Paul Melville is Federated Farmers Principal Advisor Water & Environment Strategy. Paul has worked in a variety of government and primary sector roles over the last 15 years. These include leading the policy team at DairyNZ, serving as a member of the New Zealand government team that negotiated the Paris Agreement, and working in strategy roles at Fonterra.

Kevin Counsell is an expert in natural resource and environmental economics at NERA, a global economics consultancy.  He regularly advises on urban development and environmental policy issues, providing economic analysis in planning and consenting proceedings.  Kevin has served as an expert witness before the Environment Court and independent hearings panels, and has published numerous white papers and journal articles on RMA issues.

Andreas Heuser is Managing Director of Castalia’s Asia-Pacific practice and is based in Wellington. He is experienced in energy transition issues, resource management and infrastructure advisory in New Zealand, the Pacific, and South East Asia. He has evaluated the process costs of the current RM system and the Justice Randerson-led panel’s proposals for reform in an assignment for Ministry for the Environment. He developed an alternative three waters reform model that has been endorsed by 31 councils and the Mayors of Auckland and Christchurch, and has criticised the modelling and analysis underpinning the “three waters” proposals. Andreas was previously with New Zealand Treasury where he worked on earlier attempts to reform the RMA. He is the immediate past President of LEANZ.


Lawyers may note that if this seminar is part of your learning objectives in your CPDPR, then the seminar can count for one hour of your 10 CPD hours. Please email the LEANZ contact above to request confirmation of your attendance.


Queries about the event can be directed to:

Richard Meade, [email protected]