Professor Peter Skelton CNZM

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Professor Peter Skelton CNZM

Chief Freshwater Commissioner

The Minister for the Environment has appointed Professor Peter Skelton CNZM as the Chief Freshwater Commissioner. 

Professor Skelton was an Environment Court Judge for 22 years before spending six years teaching and examining environmental law at Lincoln University. He is one of the founders of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand and was its first New Zealand vice-president.   In 2000, the New Zealand Planning Institute gave him an award for outstanding service to planning by a non-planner, and in 2001 he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

He is an honorary life member of the Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand and the Legal Research Foundation of New Zealand.

More recently he was a government appointed commissioner/councillor responsible for governance of Environment Canterbury and has completed an investigation into Otago Regional Council’s water planning process. In 2016 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Natural Resources by Lincoln University.

Professor Skelton has been appointed for an 18 month term and is working with his secretariat and Freshwater Commissioners to establish FPP processes and procedures, and appoint any panels that are required.  

His term as the Chief Freshwater Commissioner is for 18 months and ends in January 2022.