Keynote Speakers

Andrew Chin

Andrew Chin, B Tech (Env Eng), M Plan Prac, IPENZ Chartered Member C.WEM MCIWEM

Andrew is a chartered engineer (EC UK) and chartered environmentalist (SocEnv) with more than 20 years’ experience three waters infrastructure in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Since 2011 he has been working for Auckland Council in the Healthy Waters department that proves the stormwater services for Auckland.

Andrew has a dual role in preparation for water reform as the Head of Healthy Waters Strategy at Auckland Council and he was appointed as Executive Director Special Projects at Watercare in January 2022.

Andrew is responsible for the preparations and transition activities within Watercare and the Healthy Waters Department of Auckland Council necessary for water reform.


Shelley Wharton

Shelley is an environmental engineer with 20 years’ experience in local government leadership roles across Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland and Te Tai Tokerau Northland.

Her current role is Manager, Infrastructure Planning and Capital Works at Whangārei District Council.

Shelley is passionate about environmental outcomes related to three waters, and particularly interested in the future of partnering with tangata whenua to achieve Te Mana o te Wai outcomes.

Much of her career has been leadership roles in local government and three waters, specialising in stormwater management and the delivery of strategic and complex programmes and projects from planning to policy to construction, water sensitive design, three waters, land development, engineering standards, and guidelines for sustainable stormwater practices

Arnoud Molenaar

After graduating in Physical Geography, Arnoud started his career with ambitious trainee posts and jobs abroad. As deputy head of the Rotterdam Water Management Department, he was responsible for the Waterplan2Rotterdam. In 2008, he was appointed manager of the Rotterdam Climate Proof program. Arnoud is first editor of the book “Resilient Cities and Climate Adaptation Strategies” (2014). He was responsible for Rotterdam’s first Resilience Strategy (2016) and part time joined the Global Center on Adaptation as affiliate lead Cities (2018). In 2019 he hosted the Global Urban Resilience Summit in Rotterdam and joined the Global Steering Committee at the Resilient Cities Network. Recently (2022) he coordinated the development of the ‘Resilient Rotterdam Strategy 2022-2027’.

Hon Kieran McAnulty (Emergency Management – Minister & Local Government – Minister)

Hon Kieran McAnulty is the Labour Member of Parliament for the Wairarapa electorate. He was sworn in as a Minister in 2022, and has previously been the Chief Government Whip.
Kieran believes it is fundamental to who we are as Kiwis that New Zealand has sustainable rural communities, strong communities that are supported by Government in recognition of their importance to our economy, society and identity as a nation.
Kieran is proud of his deep roots in Wairarapa – his family has lived there for over 170 years since his great-grandmother’s great-grandfather, Henry Burling arrived as the first settler in what is now Featherston.
Up until his election to Parliament he was a volunteer firefighter. Kieran is also a former trustee of the Masterton Community Trust, has served on the boards for Wings over Wairarapa and Golden Shears and is a fanatic Wairarapa-Bush supporter.

Professor Iain White

Iain has been Professor of Environmental Planning at the University of Waikato since 2013 and prior to this he was the Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Ecology at the University of Manchester in the UK. He is committed to engaging with researchers, practitioners and communities to generate real world impact concerning new forms of spatial development, risk management, and climate change adaptation.

He has led or co-led over 20 research projects, many of which are within multi-million dollar programmes. He is currently leading teams of researchers in the National Science Challenge: Resilience to Natures Challenges and the MBIE Endeavour project ‘Reducing flood inundation hazard and risk across Aotearoa-New Zealand’. He is the author/co-author of over 50 articles as well as the books: ‘Environmental Planning in Context’, ‘Water and the City’, ‘The Routledge Companion to Environmental Planning’, and ‘Why Plan? Theory for Practitioners’. His research has had an international impact and has featured in outlets such as The Guardian, BBC TV, BBC Radio, TVNZ, Stuff, The NZ Herald, The Spinoff, Dominion Post, The New York Times, and RadioNZ. In 2020 he won the University of Waikato Vice Chancellor’s award for Research Excellence, and in 2021 the New Zealand Planning Institute Award of Merit.

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