Scholarships

Scholarships

Does your research have the potential to shape New Zealand’s future through improved resource management?

If yes, then apply today for an RMLA Masters Scholarship!

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The Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand Inc (RMLA) is offering one or more annual Masters scholarships for study at any University under the conditions set out below. Scholarships may be awarded for study at either a New Zealand or an Overseas University.

Purpose

RMLA scholarships are designed to encourage graduate students from a range of disciplines (law, planning, engineering, geography, science, landscape architecture, urban planning and resource management), to focus their research theses or dissertations on topics related to the application of resource management in New Zealand.

The scholarships are are also intended to promote the purposes of the RMLA, and to produce material for RMLA publications (see below).

Key dates

RMLA is accepting scholarship applications NOW. The deadline for submissions is August 01, 2018.  

Download the RMLA Scholarship Application form here.

Eligibility

The scholarship is open to any graduate student in a University (New Zealand or Overseas) registered for a Masters (including an undergraduate Honours degree involving advanced levels of research and study at Masters degree level). Doctoral studies are not eligible. Preference will be given to applicants with an established record of independent research by dissertation, directed study, or research paper at Honours or Masters level, who are recommended for the award by the supervisor of their previous research. Where relevant a written recommendation from the supervisor should be submitted with the scholarship application.

Applicants for the scholarship must:

(a) be a New Zealand citizen, or permanent resident; and
(b) have an excellent academic record (B+ or better).

Selection will be based on relevance of the proposed thesis or dissertation topic to advancing:

  • the study of resource management (within the context of resource management legislation in New Zealand); and
  • the objectives of the RMLA. The objectives of the RMLA are to promote within New Zealand:
  • An understanding of resource management law and its implementation in a multi-disciplinary framework;
  • Excellence in resource management policy and process;
  • Resource management processes which are legally sound, effective and efficient and which produce high quality environmental outcomes.

In cases where there is no suitable candidate, no scholarship will be given.

Value and Tenure

One or more Masters scholarships per annum may be awarded out of an annual fund of $15,000. There will generally be three $5,000 scholarships awarded a year.

Awards may be made subject to acceptance into restricted courses. Any scholarship will be tenable for one year only. Commencement may be delayed to coincide with an overseas University academic year. Tenure will be for a year in which thesis or dissertation work is the major academic activity.

The RMLA may choose to pay the scholarship to the recipient in instalments.

Co-Tenure

The Scholarship may be held concurrently with other bursaries, awards, or scholarships, provided that the rules of the other award permit this.

Reports

Scholarship holders shall make a report of progress of their programmes to the RMLA Scholarship Selection Committee as required and must make a final detailed report to that body on the conclusion of the award.

Holders must, as a condition of the award, contribute at least one relevant academic article to the Resource Management Journal or Resource Management Theory & Practice (to the satisfaction of the Editor or Editorial Committee of that Journal) during or at the conclusion of the award.

Selection

The scholarship will be awarded on the recommendation of the RMLA Scholarship Selection Committee. The RMLA Scholarship Selection Committee may require candidates to attend a personal interview as part of the selection process.

Applications

Applicants should apply for the scholarship by completing the application form. Applications must reach the RMLA by 1 August.  The Scholarship Application Form can be downloaded here.

Termination

The RMLA shall have the power to terminate any such scholarship at any time if it is not satisfied with the work or conduct of the scholarship recipient.

Publicity

Applicants shall agree to cooperate with any public announcement of the award of the scholarship by the RMLA, which may include photographs of and interviews with the scholarship recipients.

A successful applicant shall, as required for publicity purposes, supply to the RMLA a memorandum containing appropriate biographical details and a statement of the applicant’s relevant future intentions.

RMLA Scholarship Report 2016

 

Maia Wikaira

Maia Wikaira

Otago graduate and recent Kahui Legal Associate, Maia Wikaira is the recipient of a prized 2016 Resource Management Law Association post graduate scholarship.

Maia is enrolled in an Environmental Law and Policy LLM at Stanford Law School which annually takes 15 students globally. Her thesis will explore the provision for iwi rights and interests in New Zealand’s freshwater allocation framework.

She will analyse water market and pricing regimes in the US and the provision for Native American water rights and interests in state or federal allocation frameworks to identify potential options for provision for iwi rights and interests.

She will present to the World Indigenous Law Conference in California on New Zealand’s freshwater regulatory framework.

True to RMLA’s ethos of fostering an understanding of resource management law and its implementation in a multidisciplinary framework, the RMLA scholarship not only provides financial support for the applicants’ research thesis; it also provides a powerful platform for their career advancement.

Maia will see her work published in the RMLA’s highly respected Resource Management Theory & Practice annual publication.

Bundled into the scholarship package is a one-year RMLA membership, providing unrestricted access to RMLA’s publications, news and discounted entry to all RMLA events. This provides our scholarship winners with invaluable learning as well as networking opportunities with RMLA’s diverse, broad-based membership.

The RMLA extends its warmest congratulations to Maia and wishes her every success in her postgraduate studies.

RMLA Scholarship Report 2015

 

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Three outstanding University of Otago Masters students have been awarded the Resource Management Law Association’s (RMLA) coveted postgraduate scholarship.

Hannah Parker-Hayne, Nathaniel Harris and Mandy Tocher, all of whom are reading a Masters of Planning at Otago University, are the proud recipients of this year’s RMLA scholarship.

True to RMLA’s ethos of fostering an understanding of resource management law and its implementation in a multidisciplinary framework, the RMLA scholarship not only provides financial support for the applicants’ research thesis; it also provides a powerful platform for their career advancement.

Hannah, Nathaniel and Mandy will see their work published, either in the RMLA’s highly respected Resource Management Theory & Practice annual publication; or in RMLA’s widely-read digital Resource Management Journal.

Bundled into the scholarship package is a one-year RMLA membership, providing unrestricted access to RMLA’s publications, news and discounted entry to all RMLA events. This provides our scholarship winners with invaluable learning as well as networking opportunities with RMLA’s diverse, broadbased membership.

The RMLA extends its warmest congratulations to Hannah, Nathaniel and Mandy and wishes them every success in their postgraduate studies.

About the RMLA Postgraduate Scholarship

The RMLA launched its postgraduate scholarship scheme in 1996, with the objective of encouraging postgraduate research into the application of resource management in New Zealand.

The scholarship is open to any graduate student in a University (New Zealand or Overseas) registered for a Masters (including an undergraduate Honours degree involving advanced levels of research and study at Masters degree level).

For more information on how to apply for future scholarships, please click here.

RMLA Scholarship Report 2014

April.May 2014

Nicola Hulley


Rachael Witney

Nicola Hulley from the University of Canterbury and Rachael Witney from the University of Waikato were the winners for 2014.

Nicola proposes that it is a poignant time to reflect on the foundation of resource management law in New Zealand.  She proposes to undertake a comparative analysis of the foundation and development of resource management law in the United States.  The focus of her research will be to determine the extent to which, including whether at all, the Public Trust Doctrine is relevant in the New Zealand context.

Rachael Witney will be undertaking a thesis into climate change, examining both the New Zealand and international legal arenas.  Rachael proposes to explore the question of whether energy can ever be clean enough to allow for both the development of a society’s social and economic needs and aspirations, while at the same time mitigating the effects of climate change.  Rachael will then analyse the approaches our legal system would have to undertake in order to realise this goal of sustainable energy use.

RMLA looks forward to closely watching how Nicola and Rachael get on in the forthcoming year.

Ian Fraser
Scholarship Convenor

RMLA Scholarship Report 2013

Two applications were received in 2013.  The RMLA awarded scholarships to both Rachael Harris for completion of her Masters of Law at the University of Canterbury and Horiana Irwin for completion for her Masters of Law at Harvard Law School.

Rachael’s research seeks to explore the future of co-governance of natural resources in New Zealand utilising two case studies where the Crown or their agencies have entered into co-governance arrangements with iwi.

Rachael will study the history of Ngāi Tahu and Ngāi Tūhoe governance of natural resources from the Treaty of Waitangi, through each iwi’s Waitangai settlement to the co-governance they are involved with today.  Rachael will examine the effectiveness of two current co-governance arrangements in terms of how the partnership is working to promote iwi interests.  The first case study is the partnership between Ngāi Tahu and the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Agency (CERA) and the second being the agreement governing Te Urewera (formerly a Crown-owned National Park) now being jointly managed  by the Department of Conservation and Ngāi Tūhoe.  Rachael objective is to provide comment on how co-governance arrangements are developing and perhaps where the future of co-governance of natural resources in New Zealand lies.

Horiana’s focus while at Harvard Law School is a comparative analysis of environmental regulation in New Zealand and the United States with a focus on extractive industries.

Horiana’s thesis will have a particular focus on how the United States deals with environmental regulation with respect to the interface between international corporations and indigenous peoples.  Horiana is particularly interested in studying specific case studies of how these environmental regulatory issues have been approached and how best practice models can be developed for ensuring that indigenous peoples and their values are substantially incorporated into decision making and resource management.

Rachael and Horiana will receive a scholarship of $5,000 each.

Ian Fraser
Scholarship Convenor

RMLA Scholarship Report 2012

Five applications were received in 2012.  The RMLA awarded one scholarship to Timothy Soloman for completion of his Masters of Urban Planning at the University of Auckland.

In his application Timothy notes that attempts by Councils, planners and developers to implement urban intensification have come up against considerable local resistance.  At the heart of these issues is the requirement for public participation under the Resource Management Act 1991.  Future moves to intensify must work to balance the democratic rights of existing communities to determine their urban environments; against the need for increased densities to reap the social, economic and environmental benefits of a compact city.

Timothy’s research seeks to fill an identified gap in the literature by examining local community experiences of intensification.  More specifically, it aims to find out more about how communities have been involved in the planning system in relation to urban intensification and how they would like to be involved, in order to reassess the nature of public participation under the RMA.

Timothy proposes to undertake a qualitative case study on three neighbourhoods that either have or are undergoing suburban intensification.  He believes qualitative case studies are the most appropriate method of research due to the complex nature of public participation and the need for a more detailed analysis of resident’s views on intensification.

After completions of his Masters degree, Timothy plans to move back to his home town of Christchurch to apply his passion for urban planning towards the rebuilding process.

The selection committee was headed by Ian Fraser of the 2012 National Committee.  Timothy will receive a scholarship of $5,000.

RMLA Scholarship Report 2011

Craig Mallett Scholarship Convenor

Three scholarships were awarded in 2011.

Six applications were received in 2011 and the RMLA awarded three scholarships

Emily Rogers

Emily received a $5000 scholarship. Emily has a Bachelor of Resource Planning from Massey University with 1st class honours. She is now undertaking a Masters of Resource & Environmental Planning.  Her research topic is “Smarter Growth? An Assessment of the Efficacy of the Land Use Development Controls in the Tauranga District Plan”. The thesis will be a plan evaluation exercise, focusing on the land use development controls in the Tauranga District Plan.

Matthew Skellern
Matthew received a $2500 scholarship.  Matthew has a Bachelor of Planning with Second Class Honours First Division.  The scholarship is to help undertake research on “Planning Approaches to Surfing Area Management” as part of a Masters of Planning at Auckland University.  The study will analyse NZ and overseas planning processes for the managing surfing areas and identify effective management tools.  He submitted letters in support from universities, Surfbreak NZ, and the Auckland Council.

Julie Abbari
Julie received a $2500 scholarship.  Julie has a BA Hons and proposes to undertake a MA in Geography at Canterbury University.  Her research topic is “Is Starlight a Natural and Cultural Resource? Can the RMA Protect It?”.  Julie will investigate the potential for the RMA to be applied in the protection of a proposed starlight reserve at Lake Tekapo. Julie has been involved in a collaborative research project reviewing the possibility of applying for World Heritage status over the proposed Starlight Reserve at Lake Tekapo.

The Scholarship Committee comprised Craig Mallett and Ian Fraser from the RMLA National Committee.

RMLA Scholarship Report 2010

Craig Mallett, Scholarship Convenor, Ministry for the Environment

Kathryn McArthur is the recipient of one of the RMLA 2010 scholarship awards. Kathryn is working towards completing a Masters of Applied Science at Massey University. The topic for her masters dissertation will be Implementing water quality standards and policy effectiveness monitoring in the Manawatu-Wanganui region. Kathryn’s dissertation will draw on her experience as a water quality scientist at Horizons Regional Council. She has been involved in technical support for policy development for the new regional plan and authored, or co-authored, several technical reports.

The second recipient is Sarah Nolan. Sarah’s scholarship has been approved in principle pending confirmation of the precise topic for dissertation. Sarah will be pursuing a LLM specialising in Environmental Law and Policy at University College London at the University of London. Sarah’s intended papers included topics relating to sustainability and environmental justice, environmental governance and regulation, and international environmental law. Her masters dissertation will be selected from one of these topic areas. Sarah has an excellent academic record and has been practising as a barrister and solicitor for the last three years.

The selection committee was made up of Craig Mallett and Maree Baker from the RMLA National Committee. Both recipients will receive a scholarship of $7500.

RMLA Scholarship Winner for 2009 and Changes to the Scholarship

Jemma Simon-Stewart has been awarded the RMLA Scholarship for 2009. Jemma, who is working towards a Masters of Forestry Science at the University of Canterbury, plans to research biodiversity banking in New Zealand and Oceania. Of the five applications for the scholarship, Jemma’s proposal was the stand-out application: the Selection Committee was impressed with her academic achievements and for the quality of her research proposal. The motivation for Jemma undertaking this research is her recognition that if we are to succeed in conserving our biodiversity in New Zealand, we need to have effective ways of ensuring that biodiversity on privately-owned land is sustainably managed and conserved.

The Selection Committee was made up of Craig Mallett and Maree Baker from the RMLA National Committee and Dr Hugh Bigsby from the NZ Vice-Chancellor’s Committee. The value of the award was $12,000.

There have also been some changes made to the RMLA scholarship, to come into effect for the 2010 round. The changes are intended to make the scholarship more accessible to a wider range of applications at Honors and Masters level. The award will be reduced to $5,000 per successful applicant and there will generally be three awards per year (at the discretion of the Selection Committee). Scholarships are to be confined to Masters or Honours level (but not Doctoral) research.

RMLA Post Graduate Scholarship : Award 2008

Heidi Baillie was the Scholarship winner for 2008. Heidi was born in Auckland, but spent much of her childhood in Southland before moving back to the “big smoke”. Secondary school was largely spent absorbed in music as a pianist and cellist, and she worked for Concert FM in Wellington before leaving for a three year OE teaching English in the Czech Republic and South Korea.

Heidi travelled through Eastern Europe, China, Mongolia and Mayalsia before returning to New Zealand to complete a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Statistics, and is now completing her thesis for the Master of Planning degree at Otago University. Her topic is integrated management by regional and district councils, and Heidi is conducting in-depth interviews with council staff in Southland, Otago, Canterbury and Marlborough, focusing on what cross-agency strategies are working well, what tensions are perceived between councils and what suggestions council staff has to improve working relationships with other councils.

Heidi worked part-time for Duffill Watts & King, a Dunedin engineering consultancy, since 2004 and is currently seconded part-time to the Dunedin City Council as a transportation planner. She also runs for the local harrier club and goes tramping when she has the time.

Once Heidi completes her thesis she intends to continue working as a planner and would like to do further research on local government law and council procedures.

RMLA Scholarship Report 2007

Mr Alan Dormer, the President of the Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand is pleased to announce that the Resource Management Law Association’s Post Graduate Scholarship for 2007. Due to the high caliber of the applicants we decided to give the scholarship to two recipients, Kate Dick of Wellington and Lisa Daniell of Auckland.

KATE DICK

Kate holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English) from the University of Canterbury. She has been working as a solicitor at Chapman Tripp in Wellington since February 2003, specialising in Resource Management and Environmental Law.

Kate has been admitted to the Master of Laws in Energy and Environmental Law programme at Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium. The programme consists of teaching, an internship in either the environmental or energy sector in Brussels, special seminars and a Masters paper. It will examine a wide range of issues in energy and environmental law, including issues arising from international, European Community and comparative environmental and energy law.

For her Masters thesis, Kate proposes to analyse particular legal mechanisms that could be employed to address barriers to the development of sustainable electricity generation, an area increasingly driven by developments at the European Community and international level. Kate is particularly interested in the key role an effective planning system can play in the delivery of sustainable development, and the planning initiatives implemented for this purpose by EU member states in response to EU Directives, e.g. pre-planning mechanisms.

Kate has a number of hobbies and interests outside of her work and studies, including cooking and music. She has played the Flute for a number of years, recently sitting her A.T.C.L. (Recital) Diploma. She also volunteers for ESOL’s mentoring service for skilled migrant and refugee job seekers from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Upon completion of the Masters programme, Kate intends to continue her career in the environmental law and policy field.

LISA DANIELL

Lisa graduated with Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) degrees from the University of Waikato in March 2004. Her honours dissertation focussed on climate change issues in New Zealand, and she has been practising in environment and resource management law full-time for the past three and a half years, based in Auckland.

Lisa has a particular interest in climate change issues facing New Zealand, and in the course of her employment, has been involved in advising clients on various climate change matters including Negotiated Greenhouse Agreements between the Crown and major emitters, the Projects to Reduce Emissions tender rounds, and other climate-related policy initiatives. In addition, she has assisted in advising clients on various renewable electricity schemes and forestry initiatives.

In 2008 Lisa intends to commence post-graduate studies at the Environmental Law Center at Vermont Law School in the USA. Vermont has a solid reputation for its specialist environment law courses and her studies will focus on climate change, energy and development law.

During her holidays and spare time Lisa enjoys the outdoors, tramping and sea kayaking and has participated in a number of triathlon and running events, having just completed her first (and last) marathon! Later this year she is looking forward to returning to Outward Bound as a volunteer support worker. Lisa has also enjoyed representing both Waikato (1998-2003) and North Harbour (2004-2006) in the Women’s National Basketball League.

Dave Brash / Bill Loutit
Scholarship Committee

RMLA Post Graduate Scholarship Winner 2006

Mr Alan Dormer, the President of the Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand Inc is pleased to announce that the Resource Management Law Association’s Post Graduate Scholarship for 2006 has been awarded to Benjamin Bruno Gleisner of Wellington.

Benjamin, who already holds a Bachelor Science Degree from Victoria University of Wellington, is studying in the School of Earth Sciences at Victoria University for a Masters in Environmental Studies. The topic of his thesis is “Evaluating the role of project-based mechanisms in New Zealand climate change policy.”

The stated aim of his research is to “determine under what conditions project-based mechanisms are an effective and efficient mechanism to meet New Zealand’s Kyoto Protocol obligations.” To fulfil this objective he will be carrying out interviews across Europe, Canada and Australasia, with Government officials, inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations, academics and industry representatives.

In addition to his studies Benjamin has a wide range of interests including voluntary work, playing squash, soccer, the piano and cello as well as coaching a soccer team. .

His proposed future career plans include working as a policy analyst in the public sector in New Zealand and possibly work in an environmental consultancy.

RMLA Post Graduate Scholarship Winner 2005

Mr Alan Dormer, the President of the Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand Inc is pleased to announce that the Resource Management Law Association’s Post Graduate Scholarship for 2005 has been awarded to Suzanne Amanda Vallance of Christchurch.

Suzanne, who already holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Canterbury University and a Master of Applied Science with First Class Honours from Lincoln University is studying for a Doctor of Philosophy degree at Lincoln University in the Environment, Society and Design division. The topic of her thesis is “The Sustainability Imperative in Urban New Zealand”. During the course of her PhD Suzanne plans to pursue a critical analysis of the use and applicability of the urban sustainability paradigm to urban planning and policy in New Zealand.

In addition to her studies Suzanne works as an examiner/lecturer for Research Methods for the Social Sciences and various additional research projects in the private sector for independent research groups.

Suzanne has a diverse range of extra-curricular activities including, dancing, tramping, and the restoration of an area of native forest.

Her proposed future career plans include continuing to teach at a tertiary institution or undertaking research in the public or private sector.

RMLA Post Graduate Scholarship Winner 2004

Mr Jim Milne, the President of the Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand Inc is pleased to announce that the Resource Management Law Association’s Post Graduate Scholarship for 2004 has been awarded to Sarah Ancell of Otago.

When asked about her study plans Sarah advised that:

“After completing my BA in Geography at the University of Canterbury in 1999, I spent a couple of years overseas, basing myself in London. In 2002 I spent several months travelling through Europe, China, and South East Asia, witnessing first hand examples of both inspiring and devastating urban planning! Upon my return to New Zealand, I began the Masters of Regional and Resource Planning (MRRP) postgraduate course at the University of Otago. I am currently completing my thesis, which involves research into the social sustainability of medium density housing in Christchurch. Key aspects of this include interviewing residents, Christchurch City Council staff, developers, and others involved in housing issues in the city. Recommendations arising from the research will be made for planning practice and resource management law. This year I am undertaking volunteer work for the Otago branch of the CCS, and am also a student representative on the New Zealand Planning Institute Otago branch committee. In 2003 I was a student representative for my class on the Staff Student Liaison Committee, as well as a volunteer language tutor for two Korean students.”

Sarah looks forward to eventually working in one of New Zealand’s major urban areas to implement decisions that result in first-class places for residents to live and play in. In addition to her academic career, and her work, Sarah has interests in music and outdoor activities including Mountain biking, golf, and tramping.

The National Committee wishes Sarah well in her studies and in the achievement of her long term ambitions.

Jim Wiltshire
Consultant

RMLA Post Graduate Scholarship for 2003

Mr Jim Milne, the President of the Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand Inc is pleased to announce that the Resource Management Law Association’s Post Graduate Scholarship for 2003 has been awarded to Teresa Ann Weeks (nee Finlay) of Auckland.

Teresa, who already holds Bachelor of Arts (Politics) and Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) Degrees from Victoria University of Wellington, intends to study for an MPhil in Land Economy at the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge in England.

When asked about her study plans Teresa advised that:

“The Department of Land Economy is a specialised multi-disciplinary department that focuses on the study of land, property, the environment and resource management. The two primary disciplines of the Department are law and economics.

The MPhil in Land Economy is a one year course that consists of a combination of taught papers and a research dissertation. Candidates are required to take research methodology papers and can select from a number of options. I intend to enrol in environmental law and policy papers such as Fundamentals of Environmental Law and Regulation and Advanced Environmental Law.

For the research component of the MPhil, I propose to write a dissertation in the area of transportation law and policy. I wish to conduct a comparative analysis of the legislative framework regulating transportation in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, including the level of government control/intervention and the use of economic mechanisms (such as taxes and tolls). I intend to focus on the legislative and regulatory methods adopted to address problems of traffic congestion, and I am particularly interested in conducting a case study of the controversial congestion charging regime that was implemented in central London in February 2003.”

In addition to her academic career, and her work, Teresa has maintained an active involvement in Community Organisations as well as taking part in sporting activities and Travel. She also makes time for cooking and reading.

Teresa has been working as a solicitor in the resource management and environmental team at Chapman Tripp in Auckland since March 2001.

After completing her study at Cambridge, Teresa intends to continue a career in the environmental law and policy field and one of her long term goals is to become directly involved in the development, implementation and assessment of effective environmental policy in New Zealand and to assume a leading role in so doing.

The National Committee wishes Teresa well in her studies and in the achievement of her long term ambitions.

Jim Wiltshire

RMLA Graduate Scholarships 2002

Jim Wiltshire, Consultant, Simpson Grierson

The President of the Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand (Inc), Dr Phil Mitchell, is pleased to announce that the Association’s Graduate Scholarship for this year has been shared between two excellent candidates, Katerina Simon and Teall Crossen.

There were seventeen candidates who reached the final selection and, in the end, the selection committee found it impossible to separate the two between whom the Scholarship of $10,000 is shared.

Katerina Heremoana Simon (Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Porou & Ngati Hikairo)

Katerina is a PhD candidate at the School of Maori and Pacific Development, at the University of Waikato. She already has the qualifications of RCN, BSocSci, MSocSci(Hons), PGDipMPD(Dist)

Katerina is undertaking a cross-cultural study on environmental performance indicator development at the local government level of environmental monitoring. It focuses on the place that Maori tikanga occupies in the design and implementation of environmental performance indicators. It will involve an investigation of New Zealand resource management science, policy and law generally and specifically case studies of three North Island river systems (Waitahanui, Oparau & Harataunga Rivers) with which she is connected by whakapapa (as above). The main approach will be on environmental performance indicators as representations of resource management values from a Maori/Indigenous viewpoint in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Katerina would like to work more at the national and international areas of Maori/Indigenous Development. Her long term goal is to become an effective Maori woman leader of her people.

Teall Elizabeth Crossen

Teall has a Bachelor of Resource Studies from Lincoln University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Canterbury. While studying Teall had an interest in environmental education and she worked for the Canterbury Regional Council promoting environmental education in schools. Teall is currently a solicitor in the environmental and resource management team at Chapman Tripp Sheffield Young.

Teall starts her Masters in Natural Resources and Environmental Law in September 2002 at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Her proposed thesis is to consider Canadian water law, with a focus on the efficiency and equity of the regulatory and justice system for resolving water allocation disputes. Themes which will influence her postgraduate studies include an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, environmental justice and indigenous rights.

She was a recipient of the RMLA Undergraduate Scholarship in 1998. On completion of her studies Teall plans to practice in environmental advocacy in New Zealand.

RMLA Gradutate Scholarship Awards – 2001

Jim Wiltshire, Partner, Simpson Grierson, Wellington

The President of the Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand Incorporated, Dr Philip Mitchell, is pleased to announce that the joint recipients of the Association’s Graduate Scholarship awarded this year are Nicholas John Potter of Victoria University and Catherine Louise Carter of Otago University.

The annual sum available to be awarded this year was $10,000 and due to the high standard of the two winning candidates, it has been shared equally between the two recipients.

Six candidates for the Scholarship reached the final ist and all were of a very high calibre. In the end, after a careful analysis of the applications, and the relevance of the candidates’ proposed courses of study to the objectives of the Association, the selection committee, consisting of Professor Parry, representing the New Zealand Vice Chancellors’ Committee and Helen Atkins and Jim Wiltshire, representing the RMLA, were unanimous in their recommendation that the two candidates referred to above were both clearly well deserving of the award.

The Rules of the Association regarding the scholarship have been revised this year and are now available on this page.

RMLA Scholarship 1998

By Helen Atkins, Member of the Scholarships Subcommittee

The third award of the RMLA scholarships was made in April. This year’s graduate scholarship of $7,000 was awarded to Sandra Ghaemaghamy from the University of Auckland. Sandra, is studying for a Master of Laws (Environment) degree. Her proposed Masters thesis is to undertake comparative research on the issue of reverse sensitivity particularly looking towards the United States and the United Kingdom.

The high calibre of the applicants for the graduate scholarship was such this year that a second award of $2,000 was made to Meredith Gibbs from Dunedin. Meredith is studying for a Masters of Arts degree in the Geography Department at Otago University. Her thesis involves research into: the doctrine of aboriginal and customary title as it applies in New Zealand and in particular the implications for the management of rivers and lakes under the Resource Management Act. Meredith intends to focus on a case study which involves consideration of the Ngai Tahu Settlement.

Three undergraduate scholarships of $2,000 each were awarded to Erika Kasai, Teall Crossen and Kathryn Botherway. Erika is studying for a Bachelor of Laws at Auckland University. As part of her course she recently completed a paper entitled “Mining and the Resource Management Act 1991: Principle and procedure for responsible resource management (A Comparative Analysis – NZ/Canada)”. Teall is studying a Bachelor of Resource Studies at Lincoln University and a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Canterbury. Kathryn is a student at Victoria University completing a double major Bachelor of Science in Geography and Ecology.

The standard of applications for both graduate and undergraduate scholarships was very high which always makes the task of both the NZ Vice Chancellor’s Committee and the RMLA Scholarships Sub-Committee (Jim Wiltshire, Rob Harris and Helen Atkins) a challenging one.

RMLA 1996 Scholarships

RMLA award five annual scholarships to a total value of $15,000. The first five scholars were selected by a special committee set up for the purpose in 1996. Representing the New Zealand Vice Chancellors’ Committee were Professor Roger Field, the convenor of the NZVCC Scholarship Committee and Professor John Burrowes, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Canterbury. Representing RMLA were Jim Wiltshire and Steven Bielby from Wellington.

Four undergraduate scholarships of $2,000 each were awarded. The successful applicants were Christina Sheard studying for a Master of Planning Practice at the University of Auckland; Gwenaele Rashbrooke, a final year LLB (Hons) student at Victoria University; Matthew Grainger who is in his third year of a Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning degree at Massey University; and Leo Watson who is studying at the University of Otago for a BA in Maori and an LLB (Honours) degree.

The graduate scholarship of $7,000 was awarded to University of Auckland Master of Science student Sharon de Luca. The award will help her fund her thesis project to be based from the University of Auckland Leigh Laboratory. Sharon has recently transferred from a Master of Science degree to a Doctor of Philosophy.

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