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Our people and their mahi

18 Sep 2018

Our people and their mahi


In our ongoing series profiling our people and their mahi (work), we talk to water and coastal resources officer Sandy Gorringe about working with local industries to ensure good environmental practises . . .

What is your job and what does it involve?

I’m a water and coastal resources officer. It’s a very diverse role that sees me doing many different tasks in a week from processing resource consents, which involves office work and site visits. I mainly work on consent applications for water crossings for forestry, farming and roading, hauling logs across waterways, disturbance of riparian areas, shingle extraction and coastal works.

I’m also the project manager for the Wharekopae River Restoration. This is an awesome project working with the community to reduce E.coli levels in the Wharekopae River. I help run farm environment planning workshops in this region, and our team also works with various industries to help them understand Council’s plans, particularly in the freshwater and coastal sector.

 What do you enjoy about your job?

I really enjoy the diversity of my role. I love getting out and about working in the community and industry to help them understand environmental issues, our plans and to provide support where needed. I also get to go to areas of the region that I’ve never explored before which is a real bonus!

What are the challenges of the job?

It can be very busy, with timeframes set by the resource consent process. Time management and flexibility is key to being able to get everything completed in a week, especially given our large region and the isolated sites that we visit.

How could the public make it easier for you to get your job done?

I’d like to remind people that everything you do has an effect. Be sustainable in what you do, and take care of our whenua (land). Ask questions, we’re always happy to help.

How do you like to spend your time out of Council?

Over the last year or two I’ve taken up macramé which keeps me busy and my creative mind working. I also enjoy getting out on the farm when I can and getting into the bush to do a bit of hunting.