WIN Wellington: Three Waters Reform

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Event Details

WIN Wellington in partnership with Infrastructure New Zealand, together with our hosts AECOM, are delighted to invite you to An Introduction to the Three Waters Reform.

This is an incredible opportunity to hear from a panel of highly influential wāhine leaders: Gillian Blythe (CEO Water NZ), Lorraine Kendrick (Head of Technical - Three Waters Reform Programme, Department of Internal Affairs) and Katy Te Amo (Taumata Arowai – Water Services Regulator for Aotearoa) who will provide an introduction to the Three Waters Reform, including what it is, the drivers behind it, benefits expected and challenges to overcome.


This event will provide a platform for those in the industry to help de-mystify / de-politicise the conversation so that others can understand the purpose and objectives, instead of what is portrayed in the media. With tangible work commenced to prepare for the four NTU Entities, this is a perfect opportunity to share the history, progress made to date and what to expect in the future.

We invite you to join us to ask our panel any queries you have about the Three Waters Reform. Drinks and refreshments will be provided, with thanks to the event sponsor AECOM

Presenter Details

Gillian Blythe, Chief Executive of Water New Zealand

Gillian is Chief Executive of Water New Zealand, a not-for-profit member organisation promoting and enabling the sustainable management and development of the water environment. She previously worked as head of strategy and regulatory affairs over a 20-year period for Meridian Energy. Over the years Gillian has participated in many sector advisory groups covering retail, wholesale, transmission and climate action matters. 

Gillian’s introduction to New Zealand was with London Economics and the Wholesale Electricity Market Development Group in 1994. Subsequently, she worked for ECNZ as a member of their team working on the NZEM industry self-governance rules. After a brief period back in the UK, Gillian returned to New Zealand and was part of the small Electricity Reform Transition Unit (ERTU) which advised the Crown on the split of ECNZ to form Meridian Energy, Genesis Energy and Mercury (formerly, Mighty River Power).

Gillian has a BSc Economics and MSc in Natural Resource & Environmental Economics from University College London.

Lorraine Kenrick, Technical Workstream Lead, Department of Internal Affairs

Lorraine is a Chartered and International Professional Engineer and graduated with a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering from University of Ulster, Northern Ireland in 1999.  Lorraine is currently Head of Technical at the Department of Internal Affairs leading the technical programme, asset management, operations and stormwater on the 3 waters reform programme. Lorraine is an experienced Project Director with over 22 years of experience in Advisory, Strategic planning, programme, project and contract management in NZ, UK and Ireland with a background in leading the delivery of efficient and effective infrastructure services managing the provision of 3 water services, transportation, community services and land development.  Lorraine is currently the President of Water New Zealand and has been on the board for a number of years as well as being a committee member on the Water Services Managers Group.

Katy Te Amo, Head of Strategy and Insights,  Taumata Arowai (Water Services Regulator)

Katy has been a public servant for most of her career. She trained as a teacher which led her to Te Papa Tongarewa in a range of roles which used her education training. Since her Te Papa days Katy has spent the last 10 plus years in a range of roles across central government. This has included policy roles at Te Puni Kōkiri and three years as Private Secretary to the former Minister of Māori Affairs, Hon Pita Sharples.

In 2014, Katy moved into the Treaty Settlement sector as a Negotiation and Settlement Manager at the Office for Māori Crown Relations – Te Arawhiti. Katy has been involved in the Three Waters Reform Programme since early 2019, initially leading iwi Māori engagement and policy, then governance in the establishment phase of Taumata Arowai. Katy is Head of Strategy and Insights at Taumata Arowai.

"For me, Taumata Arowai embodies the fundamental characteristic of the public service which is wanting to make a difference for Aotearoa and the communities we serve."



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