January 2018, Malcolm Green accredited as RMA decision maker
Dr Malcolm Green has recently completed MfE’s Making Good Decisions Programme, and is now accredited as an RMA decision maker.
Under the Resource Management Act, persons must be accredited to sit on RMA hearing panels, which can make decisions on, amongst other things, applications for resource consent, reviews of resource consents, plan changes, and notices of requirement. Mal had previously been certified in 2010 while he was still at NIWA, but let the certification lapse.
Mal has extensive experience in New Zealand estuarine and marine science, and has a deep understanding of environmental issues. His technical expertise includes estuarine and marine sediments, sediment transport and sedimentation; water quality; offshore mining; dredging; stormwater contaminants; numerical modelling (sediment transport, waves); and contaminant limits. Mal has a good understanding of processes under the RMA, and has been involved in the implementation of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management, including leading a large research programme that provided the science, information and tools needed for limits-based management of aquatic ecosystems, including estuaries. He is currently involved in collaborative planning processes under the NPSFM in Wellington (Porirua Harbour) and Northland/Auckland (Kaipara Harbour).
Now at Streamlined, recertified, and with a wealth of New Zealand experience, Mal is available and well positioned to serve as an independent hearings commissioner.
The other three principals at Streamlined Environmental, Jim Cooke, Ngaire Phillips and Mike Stewart, are also accredited RMA decision makers.