Vaughan Payne is from the eastern Bay of Plenty tribes of Whakatohea (Mataatua) and Ngai Tai (Tainui). Growing up in a small town meant he was connected to nature and has cherished memories of collecting kaimoana as a child. He vividly recalls the first time he saw river pollution in his 20’s, something that has shaped his 30+ year career. We’re delighted to have Vaughn as a keynote speaker at NZPIC24.

Following that first experience of water pollution Vaughan has believed that if we let things happen now, this is what our future will look like. He deliberately chose planning because he wanted a career where he could make a difference to the way we treat our waterways.

Vaughan has been involved in supporting his Iwi in their Treaty claim and resource management issues since the early 90s. This has included preparing one of the country's first Iwi resource management plans in 1993 and being establishment chair of the Whakatōhea post-settlement governance entity. Since then, he has evolved into an experienced senior executive, leading complex organisations comprising diverse functions and stakeholders.

Since 2020 he has been actively seeking a career path that provides opportunities to be involved in water reform. He says the status quo is unacceptable and he wants to pursue the kaupapa of systems change to the benefit of future generations.

He currently leads the Regional Establishment Direction for the new water entity covering the Waikatoa, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki Regions. He says that it is a privilege to now be in a position to make a real difference and to recognise various interdependencies.

Vaughan will lead a plenary session on whakataurite – re-balancing at NZPIC24. He says that to achieve effective system change and the necessary balance, we need to be inclusive. This includes co-governance decision making. He will use local, regional and national examples to illustrate the long-term benefits to Aotearoa of giving effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and collaborative decision-making processes.

Registrations are open for the 2024 NZPI Conference in Kirikiriroa – Hamilton, March 20 – 22. Learn more about Vaughan and our other keynote speakers HERE

Join Vaughan to talk about the rebalancing of our systems to protect our waterways for the future . Register now to take advantage of our earlybird rate and see Vaughan Payne HERE