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Denis O’Rourke (Chairman)
Denis represented the Hagley Ward of the Christchurch City Council from 1990 to 2004. He has chaired and sat on a number of council committees and boards, mainly involved in the provision of infrastructure for transport, water supply and waste services. Denis is a lawyer by training and was a member of the Central Plains Water Enhancement Steering Committee.

Doug Catherwood
Doug’s family has farmed sheep in the Malvern area since the early 1950s. From the start of his farming career in the early 1970s, he has been involved in a wide range of groups and organisations on the Central Plains, dealing with various rural community and agricultural issues. Doug started irrigating his Hororata property from a 100 metre deep well in 2002. He was a member of the Central Plains Water Enhancement Steering Committee.

Richard Davison
Dick farms an irrigated property near Culverden in North Canterbury. A registered valuer, Dick is a director of Landcorp Farming Limited, Landcorp Pastoral Limited, Landcorp Estates Limited, Ravensdown Fertiliser Cooperative Limited, Hurunui-Kaikoura Primary Health Organisation and Amuri Health Care Limited. He has been involved with the Amuri Plains Irrigation Scheme since its inception in the 1970s.

David Haslam
David is a financial and economic consultant and company director who has spent much of his career working on issues related to primary production, including irrigation. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and sits on the Canterbury branch executive of the IOD. He is a member of the Lincoln University Council and a director of Lincoln University Holdings Limited and its subsidiaries. He is a former director of Crop and Food Research, Timberlands West Coast Limited, Animal Control Products and Commercial Fisheries Services as well as a number of companies. He lives on the Central Plains between Darfield and Dunsandel.

Viv Smart (appointed by Ngai Tahu)
Viv is an environmental consultant, practising in partnership (since 1995) in the North Canterbury-based Ecological Services. In recent years Viv has been active in resource management issues relating to landfills, ocean outfalls, marine development and aquaculture, among others. He is a member of the resource committee of Te Ngai Tuahuriri Runanga and was appointed to the Central Plains Water Trust on the recommendation of Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu.

Clare Williams (appointed by Ngai Tahu)
Clare chairs the resource committee of Te Ngai Tuahuriri Runanga, is a member of the Runanga executive and has served as alternate delegate for Ngai Tuahuriri on Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu. Clare lives at the mouth of the Ashley River, where she has family links going back at least seven generations. She also has ancestral connections to Kaiapoi and Maungamanu in Kaikoura. She takes a particular interest in issues of kaitiakitanga (guardianship of the environment) and mahinga kai (traditional food gathering). Clare is a member of the Ashley Rakihuri Coastcare Committee, Te Waihora Management Board and active in the Maori Women’s Welfare League. She was appointed to the Central Plains Water Trust on the recommendation of Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu.