Decision makers and procedures

View information about the Decision-making Committee (DMC) appointed to decide the application.

DMC Committee Procedures

This document sets out the arrangements for the operation of this DMC.

View the DMC Committee Procedures (pdf 584KB)

Information about the DMC members

David Hill – DMC chair

David Hill is a qualified social scientist and resource management planner with over 30 years’ experience in public policy and legislative development, environmental and resource management planning, decision-making and institutional reform, mediation and negotiation.

He was a resource management and governance consultant in NZ and throughout the Pacific and China prior to deciding in 2012 to practice full-time as an independent hearing commissioner, being a certified RMA Hearings Commissioner with a chairing endorsement. He has chaired a significant number of statutory hearings for councils and public authorities throughout New Zealand. David was the chair of the Board of Inquiry for the Tamarind Taranaki Limited marine consent and marine discharge consent application. He was also a member on the DMC for the Chatham Rock Phosphate marine consent application and Chair of the DMC for OMV’s non-notified applications for exploration drilling in the Great South Basin.

David’s professional memberships have included the New Zealand Planning Institute, a Foundation Member of the Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand, the International Association for Impact Assessment, and the NZ Association for Impact Assessment and is qualified as a Legal Alternate Dispute Resolution practitioner. He is the recipient of the New Zealand Planning Institute’s Distinguished Service Award.

Reginald Proffit – DMC member

Reginald Proffit is an experienced planner with considerable experience as a Hearing Commissioner, and cultural and tikanga knowledge and experience.

He was an Expert Witness (Cultural) for the Bay of Plenty Regional Council for the MV Rena resource consent application. He has over 15 years’ experience in resource and strategic planning at local and regional government, and in the private sector. Reginald worked for the Gisborne District Council, until recently, and is currently working for WSP Opus.

He is a New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) Board member, and lead the establishment of Papa Pounamu within NZPI, to provide technical guidance in resource management practices to Māori and Pacific peoples. He provided technical advice for the drafting of the Māori Values Supplement of the 'Making Good Decisions Programme'.

Greg Ryder (EPA Board representative)

Dr Greg Ryder is a Director and Environmental Scientist at his consultancy, Ryder Environmental, which provides advice and services in relation to freshwater, terrestrial and marine ecology and water quality throughout New Zealand. His long career as an environmental consultant and scientist has exposed him to a wide range of environmental issues around the country. Greg is an experienced RMA commissioner and has sat on resource consent and plan change hearings throughout the country.

He is an experienced independent expert in the field of water quality, aquatic ecology and general ecology. He has previously sat on one significant EPA Exclusive Economic Zone Decision-Making Committee (Chatham Rock Phosphate, 2014-15).

Register of interests

The register records all relevant member's interests and will be updated when necessary throughout the process for the Beach Energy application for marine discharge consent. 

View the register of interest updated on 15 March 2020 (pdf 42KB)