New Zealand River Awards – Judges

 

The New Zealand River Awards judges are experts in their fields, and our two award category judging panels include social scientists, freshwater ecologists, journalists and science communicators.

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New Zealand River Awards – Judges

The New Zealand River Awards judges are experts in their fields, and our two award category judging panels include social scientists, freshwater ecologists, journalists and science communicators.

Catchment with Most Progress Toward River Health –  Judging panel

Joanne Clapcott, Freshwater Ecologist – River Health and Ecosystems

Joanne leads Cawthron’s Freshwater Ecosystem team within the Coastal and Freshwater Group. Her research focuses on quantifying the effects of varying land uses on river health. It requires expertise in both structural and functional indicators of river health (not just what is there, but what it is doing), and a strong conceptual knowledge of lotic ecosystems from small streams to large rivers. 

 

Kati Doehring, Freshwater Ecologist

Kati is a freshwater ecologist who specialises in science communication and restoration ecology. Her restoration passions include fish passage barrier mitigation, restoration of water quality at catchment scales through collaborative action, and working with LAWA to promote sharing of environmental information between councils, including her current efforts to establish a National Register of Land Management Actions.

Jim Sinner, Senior Scientist – Policy and Planning

Jim leads Cawthron’s social science team. Jim is particularly interested in how people engage with environmental policy development and implementation. His latest research project is Te Whakakotahitanga mo te Taiao: Fostering Collective Responsibility, in which Jim and his co-researchers are exploring how catchment groups, working with tangata whenua, can be supported to achieve freshwater objectives.

Roger Young

Roger is the Group Manager for freshwater sciences at Cawthron. Roger’s work involves a mix of government-funded research on river ecosystems and catchment management, and commercial projects assisting a range of clients with freshwater management issues. He is internationally recognised for development of new tools for measuring river ecosystem health using direct measurements of ecosystem processes and functions.

River Story Award – Judging panel

Tim Turnbull

Gerard Hutching – Journalist and writer

Gerard Hutching is a former editor of Forest & Bird magazine, and the author of the best-selling books The Natural World of New Zealand, Back from the Brink and In Search of Ancient New Zealand (with Hamish Campbell), all published by Penguin. Hutching has been agribusiness editor for Stuff and has co-authored a new book to appear in late 2021 on New Zealand weather. 

Dr Jane Kitson – Ecologist and environmental scientist 

Dr Jane Kitson (Ngā i Tahu, Ngā ti Mamoe me Waitaha) is an ecologist and environmental scientist with a background in kaupapa Māori research. Currently, Dr Kitson works in a consultancy capacity undertaking environmental research, science, and project management. She has worked alongside Iwi and local government on resource management issues in Southland.