Water Infrastructure Investment & Planning


The need for better water security and supply is rapidly increasing, not only for improved useability now, but for environmental preservation in the future. What are the solutions and how can we utilise infrastructure to create certainty?

Debate the options during the conference through:

• A panel discussion
• Roundtable sessions
• Q&A time with speakers
• Connecting with peers at networking drinks

Take the opportunity to:

• Develop investment strategies
• Build skills in financial structure and governance
• Hear successes and struggles
• View water holistically and create efficiency

Hear from key players in the industry including:

• Brian Hallinan, Team Leader, National Infrastructure Unit, The Treasury
• Murray Gibb, Chief Executive, Water New Zealand
• Andrew Curtis, Chief Executive, Irrigation NZ
• Ian Mackenzie, Spokesman for Water and the Environment, Federated Farmers
• Mark Christison, Manager City Water and Waste, Christchurch City Council
• Bruce Mcauliffe, Senior Policy Advisor, Waikato Regional Council
• Amanda Loeffen, Chief Executive Officer, AL Resources


Brian Hallinan, Team Leader, National Infrastructure Unit

Brian Hallinan is Team Leader within the New Zealand Treasury’s National Infrastructure Unit, responsible for the development and implementation of the 2011 National Infrastructure Plan. Brian has worked on a variety of topics in the Treasury over the last ten years, including Budget strategy and design, housing policy, justice sector policy, Treasury’s internal organisational strategy, and spent two years as Economic Advisor to a former Minister of Transport.

Murray Gibb

Murray Gibb is chief executive of Water New Zealand, a membership organisation aimed at promoting sustainable management and development of the water environment.  Water New Zealand draws its membership from right across the private and public sectors. A veterinarian by training, Murray was a clinical practitioner before switching careers to the not for profit sector. 

Amanda Loeffen

Amanda Loeffen has wide project management experience in the European, North American and New Zealand energy and resources sectors developing new infrastructure around a business need for productivity. This included seven years with BP-Amoco in Geneva and London working on aromatic feedstock opportunities, plastic intermediates, and strategic oil development in the North Sea; and a brief period in the USA at ARCO Chemicals, while studying for an MBA. Amanda worked in new business development both during her time in marketing in the chemical sector, but also in an internet services start-up in the UK, marketing to large multi-nationals. Since arriving in New Zealand eight years ago, Amanda has worked as an international consultant for Solid Energy, and then as its South Island Marketing Manager in Christchurch. At AL Resources, Amanda pulls together a varied team of experts in Environmental, Engineering, Resource Management and Communications in order to meet the changing needs of a project from inception to final completion.

Duncan Southwell, Head of Advisory, BNZ

Duncan joined BNZ in 2008 to establish and lead its advisory business. He has more than 15 years experience in the financial sector with over a decade in investment banking across Europe and the United States. Prior to joining BNZ, Duncan worked for Nomura International Plc, Societe Generale, Standard Chartered and UBS gaining experience across the disciplines of financial structuring, analysis, advisory and risk management. During his time at BNZ, Duncan has worked with a number of large institutions across central government, local authorities, Maori business and the private sector.

Stephen Veitch, Director, Agri Capital, BNZ

Stephen is a Director of BNZ Agri Capital, focusing on funding primary producing land intensification projects. He is involved in deal origination, client relationship management, Agri business joint venture formation and equity investment within Agriculture. He has more than a decade of experience in Agri Business Banking, particularly dairy conversions throughout the Central North Island.
Stephen also has 5 years experience at a boutique merchant banking firm where he was involved in funding land developments in the agricultural sector. Stephen has also held an equity interest in a dairy farm in the Southern Hawke’s Bay and still has family and business interests in the area.


Agenda: Day 1


Registration & Coffee


Opening remarks from the Chair


Water investment for economic gain - The National Infrastructure Plan context

The government released the National Infrastructure Plan in July 2011 and is soon to report on progress, including embedding infrastructure as a key theme in the Business Growth Agenda, updates on key sectors and relationships between central and local government. This session aims to put water infrastructure, both urban and rural, in this context, including:
• Increasing reporting accuracy of asset performance across the sectors
• Demand management and pricing signals
• Central and local government ongoing investment in infrastructure and performance, including irrigation

Brian Hallinan, Team Leader – National Infrastructure Unit, The Treasury


How is the urban water sector really performing?

Water NZ and the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development along with other parties led a recent study into how the urban water sector sits in relation to the National Infrastructure Unit’s Infrastructure traffic light report card. The study assesses the performance of several different council and water companies across NZ against the criteria contained in the National Infrastructure Plan. It provides information for the Better Local Government review currently underway.
• Success stories
• Why some agencies perform better than others
• Requirements to achieve green light status

Murray Gibb, Chief Executive, Water New Zealand
Steve Carne, Business Leader, Water


Morning Tea


The Irrigation Acceleration Fund and future investment for water infrastructure

The IAF targets three areas: regional rural water infrastructure, strategic water management studies and community irrigation schemes. What is the likelihood of achieving this funding, and how can you meet the standards of demonstrating good industry practice, strong commercial discipline and benefiting the community?
• Issues within the fund and clarifications
• Future possibilities for a Crown Water Investment Company from 2013
• Public private partnership opportunities
• Bringing new entities into an existing scheme
• Equity and returns for offshore investors

Ian Mackenzie, Spokesman for Water and the Environment, Federated Farmers; and Chairman, Eiffelton Irrigation Scheme


Steps for funding irrigation projects

From a funding perspective, hear how to achieve success when sourcing investment for irrigation projects.
• Necessary steps to take
• Conversion requirements
• Case Studies

Stephen Veitch, AgriCapital, BNZ
Duncan Southwell, Head of Advisory, BNZ




Panel discussion: opportunities for funding infrastructure projects

Finance for large infrastructure projects can come from a variety of places. Central government through the Irrigation Acceleration Fund, local government, private investors, schemes, and corporate oganisations can all provide means for developing water infrastructure. The panel will discuss funding options and capabilities from different perspectives.
• Identifying initial and future costs
• Understanding the long-term nature of water investment
• Analysis of past investments

Andrew Curtis, Chief Executive, Irrigation NZ
Ian Mackenzie, Spokesman for Water and the Environment, Federated Farmers; and Chairman, Eiffelton Irrigation Scheme
Stephen Selwood, Chief Executive, New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development


Governance and structure of irrigation schemes

appropriate structure will vary depending on the requirements of the scheme and the stage of its lifecycle.
• Different structures appropriate at different stages
• Advantages and disadvantages of being a co-operative company
• Impact of funding requirements and uptake risk on structure

David Goodman, Partner, Goodman Tavendale Reid
Andrew Leete, Partner, Goodman Tavendale Reid


Afternoon Tea


Valetta Irrigation Scheme

The Valetta Irrigation Scheme supplies water to approximately 13,000 hectares of diary and mixed crop lands in mid Canterbury, fed from the Rangitata Diversion Race. The scheme is currently being upgraded to provide pressurised water to its farmer shareholders by installing a pressure pipe network, using on-site pipe extrusion and high rate trenching techniques to reduce cost.
• The scheme funding process, and getting shareholder agreement and uptake
• Engaging the contractor and collaboration with all stakeholders to successfully build the scheme
• The role of engineers and consultants in developing and implementing the scheme

Chris Johnston-French, Senior Project Manager, Beca


A review of contracting rules and issues

When developing water infrastructure, there are a few contracting options to choose from. Hear an overview of these, to inform decision making and create a solution that meet your requirements.
• Local Government Act requirements re infrastructure tendering & contracting
• Infrastructure management contracting options
• Design-build-operate and public private partnership options

Paul Westbury, Principal, Westbury Law


Networking drinks

Agenda: Day 2


Welcome back from the Chair


Water security and resilience: working together to achieve the best outcome

An increasing number of natural disaster events have shown that there is a need to strengthen and protect infrastructure. How can stakeholders work together to ensure that the future use of water is secure and resilient? Discuss how various infrastructure options can aid the adaptive capacity of systems for future preparedness.
• Asset management and maintenance
• Future demands of systems
• Developing resiliency in infrastructure

Mark Christison, Manager City Water and Waste, Christchurch City Council


Planning allocation in the Waikato Region

Variation number 6 in the Waikato Regional Plan details how much water can be allocated in the region, and who gets priority. Hear how they went through the hearing process and an overview of the variation.
• Setting rules on allocation totals and consenting regimes
• Giving domestic and municipal users priority
• Maintaining supply for hydro dams and other large existing users

Bruce Mcauliffe, Senior Policy Advisor, Waikato Regional Council


Morning Tea


Waitohi storage proposal

The Hurunui Water Project applied for consent for four water storage dams on the Waitohi river, with a potential to include hydro electricity to offset costs. This new scheme was developed by HWP in response to the community approach to water management.
• What changed for HWP so that the new scheme could be considered?
• How can the higher costs be managed by the landowners and are these costs reasonable?
• How is the project dealing with the risks around water management?

Amanda Loeffen, CEO, AL Resources


Roundtable: Irrigation scheme: unity and structure

Schemes need to be well governed business units to ensure success. Cover scheme management options and how to create a good communication structure.

Amanda Loeffen, CEO, AL Resources


Roundtable: Urban reticulation and creating resilient systems

Pipes often need maintenance and the aftermath of natural disaster shows we need to build better systems to ensure longevity and save money in the long term. How can we build smarter?

Grant Lovell, Director Christchurch Group Manager, Tonkin & Taylor




Improving the water permit transfer process

Section 136 of the RMA enables the transfer of water from site to site. While permanent transfers are common, the process is not nimble enough to encourage optimum use of the water over the shorter term. Explore how the existing allocation from a given water resource can be used more effectively.
• Limitations of the current transfer process
• Mechanisms for circumventing the transfer process (water user groups and aggregate consent entities)
• The role of Regional Plans in improving the transfer process

Andrew Barton, Resource Management Planner, Beca


Environmental costs vs the benefits of water infrastructure

Modifying the natural area to build water infrastructure invariably has negative effects on the environment, but these are balanced by the necessity of developing water solutions. Considering ecological and environmental impacts is crucial, so how can we account for these changes when designing infrastructure?
• Opuha water scheme example
• Preserving and restoring as much of the natural environment as possible
• The ecological role of instream flows and effects of changing flow regimes on environmental values

Ton Snelder, Principal Scientist, NIWA


Afternoon Tea


Debating consents - economic value vs downstream effects

Numerous stakeholders in water including iwi, DOC and local government have different interests and the debate between environmental preservation and the possible negative effects of land use intensification often complicates the consent process.
• Collaborative processes and involving stakeholders
• Prioritising environmental care and offsetting downstream effects
• Advocating for the positive impacts of land use intensification

Rob Enright, Partner, DLA Phillips Fox
John Verry, In House Counsel, Far North District Council


Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference


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