Meet the commissioners who will be hearing your submission on the proposed Southland Water and Land Plan.
From left: Maurice Rodway, Edward Ellison, Lloyd McCallum, Eric Roy and Rob van Voorthuysen.
Rob van Voorthuysen
Rob has been an independent commissioner on over 250 hearings and has served as chairperson for about half of these. He is the director of van Voorthuysen Environmental Limited, based in Napier. Rob has acted as a commissioner on hearings for regional policy statements, regional plans and district plans, including Horizons Regional Council's One Plan. He was a hearing commissioner for Environment Canterbury's Land and Water Regional Plan and a number of plan changes to that plan. He brings with him extensive experience in resource management and planning, with a particular focus on water quality and quantity management across the country.
Edward is an experienced commissioner, having sat on a number of hearing panels for plans, plan changes and resourse consents. He is of Ngāi Tahu and Te Atiawa descent. Edward was also a hearing commissioner for Environment Canterbury's Land and Water Regional Plan. He is Dunedin-based, and a sheep and beef farmer.
Cr Lloyd McCallum
Lloyd is the deputy chairman of Environment Southland, in his second term. He was elected to represent the Southern constituency. He and his wife Kathy farm 1600 dairy cows across three properties. Alongside his role as councillor, Lloyd is a Justice of Peace and an elder in the Lochiel Community Church.
Cr Maurice Rodway
Maurice is in his fourth term with Environment Southland, elected to represent the Invercargill-Rakiura constituency. He's currently the chair of the Organisational Performance and Audit Committee. Maurice retired in 2015 as manager of Southland Fish and Game after 31 years. He has also been a hearing commissioner on a number of plan and consent hearings.
Cr Eric Roy
Eric is the former longstanding National Party MP for Invercargill, and is now in his first term with Environment Southland representing the Invercargill-Rakiura constituency. He is the chair of the Regional Transport Committee. Five years ago Eric Roy and his wife Elizabeth sold their farm at TeTipua and came to live in Invercargill. Eric has recently completed his hearing commissioner training, so this will be his first hearing as an Environment Southland councillor.