Regional Forum

Are you interested in playing a part in the future of Southland’s water?

Southland’s water quality is important to us all.

We are now seeking expressions of interest from members of the public to get involved in the Regional Forum. As a member of the Forum, you will have an opportunity to make an enduring contribution that will benefit today’s generation and the lives of many Southlanders for decades to come.

If you have a keen interest in our communities and the future of our water then apply today to become a member of the Regional Forum. In this important role you will play a key part in shaping how Southland’s water resources are managed now and in the future.

apply today

You can apply today!

Simply click the image above and complete the form.

Alternatively, download and print the form below then either:

Deliver: Environment Southland, Corner North Road and Price Street, Invercargill
Post: Private Bag 90116, Invercargill, 9840
Scan and email:

Applications close on Friday 15 February 2019

Useful documents

Regional Forum - Expression of Interest - Application Form
Regional Forum - Expression of Interest - Application Process
Regional Forum - Terms of Reference - December 2018
Regional Forum - Becoming a member - Factsheet

What is the Regional Forum?
The Regional Forum is a panel of Southlanders, being set up as part of the People, Water and Land Programme - Te Mana o te Tangata, te Wai, te Whenua. This programme is a partnership between Environment Southland and Te Ao Marama (the environmental arm of Ngāi Tahu ki Murihiku).

The Regional Forum will advise Environment Southland’s council and Te Ao Marama board members (Governance) on the methods to achieve the communities’ values and objectives for freshwater. It will consider the specific policies and rules as well as the on-ground initiatives required to make change. Those considerations must include the limits (e.g. water quality and quantity), targets, methods, impacts and policy context.

Who will be on the Forum?
The Regional Forum will be a community-based group that reflects the diversity of our region. Members will be capable, open-minded, able to work as part of a team and passionate about Southland and the legacy we leave for future generations.

It will have an urban/rural balance, a broad geographic distribution, and a defined role for tangata whenua to reflect the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Request an information pack
If you’re keen to receive an information pack about how to become a forum member then please email

Background reports

Two background reports were used in the design of the Regional Forum:

August 2018 - Shaping Southland’s Regional Forum: drawing on lessons from elsewhere

September 2018 - The Regional Forum - Southland Context