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Change of Chair of the Land And Water Forum

3 August 2016

Change of Chair of the Land And Water Forum

Alastair Bisley has stood down as the Land and Water Forum’s Chair after seven years in the role.

Soon after the Forum was establishment in late 2008, Alastair was appointed its Chairman to moderate a multi-stakeholder consensus on the challenging issue of freshwater policy reform.

The Forum’s recommendations have formed the basis for decisions by Government and regional councils that are progressively deploying its recommendations.

“Alastair put enormous effort and skill into helping the many stakeholders with different perspectives and interests to find their common ground and then articulate that as agreed policy recommendations to the Government in various reports”, said Land and Water Trustee, Kevin Hackwell.

“Everyone who has been associated with the Land and Water Forum process has developed a huge respect for the skill and commitment with which Alastair has actively chaired and shepherded such a diverse group through such a difficult process.”

At the Plenary meeting in late June the Forum members farewelled Alastair and presented him with a carved tokotoko (talking stick) in recognition of his service.

The incoming Chair has been announced by Land and Water Trustees as Dr Hugh Logan.

Hugh Logan is a lecturer and research associate at Lincoln University and has had leadership roles in the public service, including being a previous Secretary for the Environment.

“His membership of the Canterbury Regional Water Committee for the last six years means that he is very conversant with the difficult issues that the Forum is dealing with.”

“We are very pleased that Hugh will be able to bring his extensive skills and experience to his new role as the Forum’s Chair”, said Kevin Hackwell.


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