National Freshwater Conference 2019

Collaborating to create sustainable and efficient freshwater management strategies for the benefit of all New Zealanders


Hon. David Parker

Minister for the Environment

Born in Roxburgh in 1960, David grew up in Dunedin and has a BCom (Acctg) and LLB from the University of Otago. He was a litigation and managing partner in law firm Anderson Lloyd and was a co-founder of the Dunedin Community Law Centre. David is an experienced CEO and company director in a range of industries and has experienced both success and failure. He was involved in a number of start-up businesses in the agri-biotechnology field including A2 Corporation, and BLIS Technologies which he managed from start-up to the main board of the NZX. He held various Ministerial portfolios in the last Labour-led Government including Attorney-General, Energy, Climate Change, Transport, Land Information and State Services. In 2008 he was named by the Listener magazine as Environmentalist of the Year for his work as Minister of Energy and Climate Change. He pioneered New Zealand’s emissions trading scheme, then described by many as the most significant environmental reform in NZ for decades. In opposition his roles included Deputy Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party and spokesperson on Finance, Trade and Export Growth. After the 2017 election, David was named a minister in the Jacinda Ardern-led government. He was appointed Attorney-General, Minister for Economic Development, Environment, and Trade and Export Growth, and Associate Minister of Finance. He maintains strong interests in the protection of civil liberties, as well as economic and environmental policy. David pursues policies which both enhance economic growth and address the growing extremes between rich and poor in New Zealand, while protecting the environment. Passionate about the outdoors, David is a keen tramper and skier.

Dr Luke Mosley

Associate Professor

University of Adelaide

Visiting Scientist


Dr Luke Mosley is an environmental scientist currently employed as an Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide and as a visiting scientist at CSIRO Land and Water (Australia). He completed his PhD on the aquatic geochemistry of catchments and estuaries at the University of Otago, followed by post-doctoral positions in New Zealand, the U.S.A. and Fiji. From 2004-2014 Luke was a Principal Scientist (Water Quality) at the Environment Protection Authority in South Australia. The focus of this role was assessing and managing water quality risks on Australia’s largest and most important river system, the River Murray. There are complex water management challenges on the River Murray, the solving of which required working in collaboration with multiple different stakeholders across different sectors. Luke provided critical input to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan that is now being implemented to address basin-wide water over-allocation and water quality issues. In 2011 Luke was awarded the South Australian Premier’s Award for outstanding performance of an individual for leading complex assessments and management of water quality risks that emerged during a severe “Millennium” drought. He leads a biogeochemical research group at the University of Adelaide that has advanced understanding of climate change effects on soil and water. The outcomes of Luke’s work have been published in leading scientific journals, including a recent global review on the increasing effects of drought on water quality.

David Allen


Buddle Findlay

David is a partner in Buddle Findlay's Environmental and Māori Law team based in Wellington. He has significant experience in all areas of freshwater management advising on hydro and geothermal power station projects, irrigation projects and agriculture conversions and projects. David also advises councils on freshwater planning, consenting of three water infrastructure (in particular wastewater) and flood protection works.
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