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Gillian Blythe and Troy Brockbank

Water New Zealand and PDP Kindly Sponsored by PDP

Gillian is Chief Executive of Water New Zealand, a not-for-profit member organisation promoting and enabling the sustainable management and development of the water environment. She previously worked as head of strategy and regulatory affairs over a 20 year period for Meridian Energy.
Gillian has a BSc Economics and MSc in Natural Resource & Environmental Economics from University College London. Gillian is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.

Troy Brockbank (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi) is a civil engineer, Māori Advisory lead with PDP, Board member of Water NZ and Taumata Arowai, 2018's New Zealand Young Water Professional of the year, and 2020's Engineering NZ President's Fulton-Down Silver medal winner. He has over 15 years professional experience across engineering consultancies, civil contractors & suppliers. He considers himself an intermediary, having the advantage of seeing aspects from both an engineering and an indigenous Te Ao Māori world view. He is passionate about the widespread adoption of a holistic culturally enhanced design approaches and will continue working towards raising awareness as a leader in this field both nationally and internationally.

Three waters reforms and Te Mana o Te Wai

Tuesday 30 Nov | 9:00 am

The past, can be described through the whakapapa of Te Mana o te Wai and the historical delivery of three waters in Aotearoa New Zealand.
The reform of the three waters including the establishment of Taumata Arowai, the proposed establishment of four new water service entities, and the requirement to give effect to Te Mana o te Wai is the present.
What does the future bring for the three waters sector? One water, where through collaboration the strengths of Te ao Maori and Te ao Pakeha are leveraged.
Titiro whakamuri Haere whakamua – Look to the past to inform the future