Three Perspectives on Canterbury Freshwater Management

  • Lan Pham
  • Tom Lambie
  • Karaitiana Taiuru


Freshwater management has attracted more public and media attention in Canterbury than in any other New Zealand region. Public interest peaked with the controversial 2010 dismissal of the elected regional council under special legislation (Environment Canterbury (Temporary Commissioners and Improved Water Management) Act 2010). For a range of views on these complex issues, we asked three people intimately involved in the process – elected councillor Lan Pham, appointed commissioner Tom Lambie and Ngäi Tahu cultural rights expert Karaitiana Taiuru – to contribute a short essay assessing the Canterbury Water Management Strategy. 


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PHAM, Lan; LAMBIE, Tom; TAIURU, Karaitiana. Three Perspectives on Canterbury Freshwater Management. Policy Quarterly, [S.l.], v. 15, n. 3, aug. 2019. ISSN 2324-1101. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 12 aug. 2020. doi: