Proposed RPS Hearings Commissioners – Call for Expressions of Interest

Freshwater Planning Process – Call for Expressions of Interest to be considered for nomination by ORC to sit, hear and decide on the proposed Otago Regional Policy Statement 2021.



ORC intends to notify its proposed Regional Policy Statement 2021 (RPS 2021) in late June 2021.  Council will ask the Chief Freshwater Commissioner  to consider the RPS to be a freshwater planning instrument and therefore able to be heard by a Freshwater Hearings Panel (FHP), as provided for by Part 4, Schedule 1 to the Resource Management Act 1991 (the Act).

If the RPS 2021 is to be heard by the FHP, then pursuant to section 59(1)(b), the Otago Regional Council must nominate two (2) persons to be on that panel.

We are seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified Hearings Commissioners who would be interested in being nominated by ORC to be on the Freshwater Hearings Panel.   



In order to be considered for nomination, you must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Have gained certification through the Making Good Decisions programme, which means you are accredited under Section 39A of the Resource Management Act 1991 and eligible to be nominated. Your certification must be current and extend into 2022, to cover the duration of the hearings process.
  • You must be available to be interviewed by a selected panel on 14 April 2021, in Dunedin or via an AVL. Any costs to attend will be met by you.
  • You must be available from late 2021 through until mid-2022. At this stage it is anticipated that the Summary of Decisions Requested will be notified for Further Submissions around late September 2021, and Further Submissions closing around late October 2021. This would likely mean hearings would commence in late 2021, or early 2022.
  • You must have experience as a Hearings Commissioner, in relation to plan hearings, and preferably in relation to a Regional Policy Statement.
  • Your Expression of Interest must include two referees, that you would be comfortable that ORC staff contact.
  • You must not have any undeclared Conflicts of Interest that would render your nomination unsuitable.



The process that ORC intends to utilise for the nominations is as follows:

  • Expressions of Interest are to be lodged with, from 1 March 2021 until 3pm on Friday 12 March.
  • All EoI’s received will be reviewed and a shortlist created. If unsuccessful for shortlisting, you will be advised no later than 19 March 2021. If you are shortlisted, you will be advised, via phone, on or before 19 March 2021, and provided a time for your interview with a selection panel comprising two ORC Elected Members and one member from the Executive Leadership Team.
  • The interviews will all take place on the morning of 14 April. The Strategy and Planning Committee is sitting on this day in Dunedin and you have the option of attending in person or joining via an AVL.
  • Preferred Commissioners will be advised by mid-April and a formal recommendation from Council will be sought at its 26 May meeting, to endorse the nominations.


The process of shortlisting will be undertaken by the selection panel. All applications will be reviewed by this panel, and a shortlist of no fewer than three candidates created.


How to submit your Expression of Interest

To express an interest in participating in this opportunity, please provide the following in a written response:

  • Your full contact details
  • Confirmation of your accreditation, including expiry date
  • A short summary of your most relevant experience to date (no more than a page)
  • Written confirmation of availability as set out in this document
  • Confirmation of your hourly/daily charge out rate
  • A statement of any Conflicts of Interest, including any management plans required
  • The names of two referees that can confirm your role as Commissioner


For further information please contact Anita Dawe, Manager Policy and Planning on 0800 474 082 or

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