PO Box 108 - 11 Mount Cook Street
Twizel New Zealand
Phone 64 3 4353 227 Fax 64 3 4353 227


Haikai Tane,

BA(Hons) LLB MSc
Director, Watershed Systems Ltd
Professor, Sustainable Development


  • Environmental Planning for Sustainable Development
  • Community Development Participatory Programs
  • Team Building and Training Effective Leadership
  • Watershed Ecology Floodplain Planning
  • Geographic Information and Imaging Systems (GiS)
  • Environmental Auditing and Benchmarking Programs
  • Integrated Resource Surveys Environmental Restoration
  • Entrepreneurial Initiatives for Sustainable Livelihoods
  • Poverty Reduction & Capacity Building Projects
  • Ecoforestry, Farm Forestry, Tree Crops, Beefarming
  • Community and Regional Development Organisations

Education Qualifications

Master of Science, (Ecology and Planning) University of British Columbia, Canada 1970-72

Bachelor of Laws, Australian National University, 1963-69

Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Geography) Australian National University, 1963-68

Professional Affiliations

Member New Zealand Planning Institute 1986-2004

Member Australasian Urban and Regional Information Association 1999-2003

Australian Registered Landcare Planner 1991-99

Adjunct Professor-Sustainable Development, UNITEC Auckland NZ 2000-03.

Adjunct Professor-Landscape Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lushan, PR China 2002-04


Haikai Tane is a multi-disciplinary professional geographer, ecologist and planner with 30 years international experience. Working across traditional disciplines and public/private sector boundaries throughout his career, Haikai Tane’s professional practice systematically integrates landscape ecology, resource economics, environmental planning, community development and international law ~ within wide ranging social, cultural and institutional frameworks.

Haikai Tane has practical and applied experience in commerce and business, research and development, local and regional governments, state and federal agencies, catchment authorities and watershed organisations. His connections with academia – participating as a leading professional practitioner - include designing and auditing new courses; lecturing in environmental planning, community development and geographic information systems; and researching and developing user-friendly environmental imaging systems.

Inaugurated a full professor in year 2000, Prof Tane leads the Watershed Systems Center for Catchment Ecology research and development (R&D) program. His team building and training programs for multidisciplinary R&D GiS projects are acclaimed internationally. Whether working through participatory programs or environmental technologies, his practical, learning-by-doing methods for capacity building, environmental restoration and rural livelihoods focus on community and regional initiatives for sustainable development.

Born and raised as a pacific islander, Haikai has a special affinity for traditional knowledge systems, indigenous iconography and cultural intelligence in the Asia-Pacific realm.

Community Planning & Resource Management

  • Water First – Sustainable Development of Village Watersheds to Alleviate Poverty; Kheda District, Gujarat State, India (2000-04) ongoing.
  • The Future of Twizel: Reinventing a Hydro Town (1982-04); Rebuilding Community Capacity through Participatory Programs: International Gaia Conference, Univ of Auckland (1982) Presentations in Australia - New Zealand 1990-03. Final R&D report in preparation.
  • Resource Skills and Land Based Livelihoods: Community Training Programs for Redundant Professionals and the Unemployed: Blenheim, Twizel, Dunedin, NZ 1978-89
  • Restoration Ecology of Degraded Rangelands – Aoraki Regional Development Council, (1984-1989) Economic Botany and Ecological Control of Environmental Weeds – various RD&T projects for ANZ Riparian Zones (1975-2002)
  • Wildling Trees: Farming Self Regenerating Forests in the High Country –NZ Farm Forestry Association (1982-1989)
  • Beefarming in New Zealand – Entrepreneurial approaches to funding R&D projects in the NZ high country (1978-89)
  • Sustainable Livelihoods in Rural Areas through Self-Employment; New Zealand and Australia clients (1978-99)

Professional History


Director RD&T, Watershed Systems CfCE 1999-2004

Woodward-Clyde, Principal Planner; Regional Manager, Canberra, 1997-98

Hobart City Council, Director, Development Services, Chief Planner 1995-97

Murray Darling Basin Commission, Principal Environmental Planner; 1993-95

Murray-Darling Basin Commission, River Murray Floodplain Planner, 1990 -1992

Haikai Tane & Associates, Ecologists and Planners, Aoraki, New Zealand, 1983 - 1989

Westpac Banking Corporation, Wellington, New Zealand 1982

Department of Environment and Planning, Sydney, Principal Strategic Planning Consultant, 1981

Planning Services, Marlborough, New Zealand, Principal Planning Consultant, 1978 to 1980

Lands and Survey Department, Wellington, New Zealand, Land Use Planner, 1975 to 1978

Waitaki Catchment Commission, Aoraki, New Zealand, Rangelands Conservator, 1974

National Capital Commission, Ottawa Canada, Rural Land Use Planning Consultant, 1973

City of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Land Use Planner, 1973

Carson River Basin COG, Nevada, USA, Regional Planner, 1972

Plant Location International, Sydney, Location Analyst, 1970

National Capital Development Commission, Canberra, Regional Research Officer, 1969 - 1970

Catchment Planning and Floodplain Management

  • Waitaki Basin Benchmark Audits, NZ (1974, 76-78, 99-04) Catchment Land Use and Habitat Surveys NZ Government; Riparian Restoration Strategies: Waitaki Basin- R&D Projects for Aoraki Development Council (1983-88) and Center for Catchment Ecology (1999-2004).
  • Lake Poyang Watershed – integrated framework for sustainable development - Jiangxi Province China 2002
  • Guidelines for Sustainable Development of the River Murray, Murray Darling Basin Commission, Aus 1990-95
  • Upper Billabong Catchment (1998-99) – Benchmark audits for Land and Water Management Plan- Holbrook Aus.
  • Northland and King Country Regional Studies NZ.(1975-77) Catchment Land Use and Habitat Mapping for Natural Resource Development Strategies for NZ Government.
  • Carson River Basin USA (1973) - Environmental baseline studies for inaugural Regional Plan, Nevada, USA.
  • Fraser River Watershed Ecology and Planning 1971-72, Metropolitan Resource Ecology and Watershed Surveys, Vancouver, Canada.

GIS and Environmental Management

  • Computer Modelling of Watershed Ecosystems - School of Resource Ecology, University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada (1971-1972).
  • Redesign and Development of the NZ Land Inventory System NZ Dept of Lands and Survey, Wellington 1975-76
  • Remote Sensing Applications for the NZ Land Inventory and Regional Studies: NZ Dept of Lands & Survey 1975-78.
  • GIS Design and Development for the River Murray Floodplain - Murray Darling Basin Commission, Canberra (1990-1995).
  • Applications and Data Standards for Digital Mapping - for Murray Darling Basin Commission, Canberra (1992)
  • River Murray Mapping on CD-ROM: Digital Data Sets and Standards - for Regional Environmental Plan No. 2 Murray Darling Basin Commission, Canberra (1992-95) AUS GOLD MEDAL AWARD WINNER IN ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY.
  • Hobart Digital Orthophoto Mapping and Related Database Development for the City of Hobart, Tasmania (1995-1997).
  • Digital Mapping, Modelling and Monitoring of River Catchments and Watersheds - for Woodward-Clyde, Canberra; Hobart and Brighton City Councils, Tasmania; Bankers Trust R&D Syndicate Sydney; (1997-1998)
  • Upper Billabong Creek Catchment (1998), Digital mapping, catchment audit and watershed benchmarking for Land & Water Management Plan Working Group; Holbrook Aus.
  • Environmental Management Information System: GIS for Australian Department of Defence (Regional Estate Organisation) Australian Defence estates (1998 – 99).


Aust. Government Technology Gold Award for Environmental Mapping and Monitoring System Canberra 1994

Roger Bartholomew Gold Medal for Ecographic Mapping (NZ Department of Lands and Survey) Wellington 1977

Richard Mellon Fellow, Canada 1971-72

Commonwealth Scholar, Australia 1963-68


personal details

Date and Place of Birth:

18 May 1945 Sydney Australia.

Ethnicity: Celtic- Koorinesian (Eora-Waiora community elder)

Recreation Interests

  • Village communities and seasonal celebrations
  • Ethnic dances, blues music, rural folklore
  • Diving, swimming, snorkelling, canoeing
  • Exploring mountains rivers and lakes
  • Family and friendly camping holidays


  • Asia Pacific Cultural Iconography
  • Stone and wood carvings

Strategic Planning and Economic Development

  • Settlement Strategies for the Sydney Region: NSW Dept of Environment and Planning(1982)
  • Westpac: NZ Market Catchment Regions (1982) and Branch Location Strategies (1983)
  • Strategic Planning for Regional Australia: for Regional Australia Association, Whyalla Aus (1994)
  • Settlement Strategies for Greater Hobart (1996) and Information Infrastructure and Cyberport Development (1996) Hobart City On CD Rom (1996-97)

Professional training

LandSat Remote Sensing Applications, DSIR, NZ 1975; ESRI ArcInfo Training Course, MDBC 1990, ESRI ArcView Training Course, MDBC 1995

Technical & Field Surveys CSIRO: Integrated Land & Water Information Systems (ILWIS) 1991-93; Remote Sensing Training Courses, annually 1991-94; Resource Industry Associates: Terrascan Pro/GPS Training Course, 1991 and 1994.

Team Building and Effective Leadership UNITEC Auckland 2000; Team roles and team building MDBC 1991, 1992, 1994. Project Team Training Program NZ Land Inventory 1975, 1976.

Professional Affiliations

National Executive, 1977-78, Soil Association of New Zealand; National Vice President Organic NZ 2001-03; Foundation Trustee BHU Organic Trust, Lincoln University 2002-4.

Cofounder ECO NZ, 1976-78 (Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand) Cofounder ECO International, 1995-97 (Environmental Conservation Organisation, Asia-Pacific Network)

Foundation President, National Beekeepers Association (Marlborough 1978-79); National Executive, 1992, International Tree Crops Institute Australia, 1992 to 1994; Foundation Member, Southern Timber Growers Cooperative, Tasmania 1996; President, Southern High Country Farm Forestry Association 2001- ongoing.


  • Land Classification and Assessment Systems – 3 month Study tour of Australian states and agencies for NZ Government: Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne 1977
  • International Study Tours on Integrated Catchment Planning and Management, Canada and Scotland, 1996; China, Nepal and India, 1999, 2002.
  • Guest Lecturer Environmental Policy and Planning, Aust. National University, Canberra (1992-98); Environmental Imaging Systems, University of Canterbury 2000-03; Environment Planning, Community Development UNITEC 1999-03; Ecology and Landscape, Chinese Academy of Sciences, UNESCO World Heritage Area, Lushan China.

publications and reports

The list of publications, reports, posters and presentations to international conferences and professional workshops cover a wide range of topics and subject areas. A portfolio of published papers, maps and projects is available for personal presentation on various topics.


Associate Directors: Watershed Systems Center for Catchment Ecology


Hari Kishore B.Eng. PG Dip.Pl.

Hari is an engineer and planner with international expertise in remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS). Hari is Strategic Planner with the Capital City of Hobart, Tasmania, where he researches and develops remote sensing, database management systems and geoinformation technologies for environmental resources. Hari’s professional experience in India and Australia includes sustainable infrastructure development in watershed catchments. He is a founding team member of the CfCE GiS Project developing geospatial intelligence systems.

Tom Tadrowksi

Tom is a geospatial scientist with expertise in digital photogrammetry, remote sensing and orthophoto mapping. He is Director, Spatial Image Data Services, (SIDA) Adelaide, South Australia. Previously he was Principal Investigating Officer with the South Australian Centre for Remote Sensing. Tom has an international reputation for research and development in the field of image base mapping and modeling of environmental resources. Tom is a founding team member of the CfCE GiS Project developing true image mapping for the Waitaki Basin.


Ron Griffiths PhD

Ron is an Environmental Scientist with Thinkspace Inc. and Research Associate, with the University of Guelph, Ontario. His expertise includes environmental assessments, development impacts on ecosystem dynamics, and water quality assessment using benthic macroinvertebrates, remote sensing and benchmark surveys. The Great Lakes Basin is his model watershed. Ron Griffiths is probably best known for his landmark text book BioMAP: Bioassessment of Water Quality. In summer 1999, Ron commenced benchmark surveys of macroinvertebrates and water quality in the Twizel River catchment as part of CfCe programs.


Xingzhao Dai MAgEng

Xingzhao is an agricultural engineer and geoinformation scientist in the field of applied research and development of geospatial technologies for mapping, modeling and monitoring environmental systems. He is Associate Professor and Chief Director, Mountain-River-Lake Development Center for Jiangxi Province, China. He has extensive international training and experience in the design and development of GIS for sustainable development of watershed catchments. Xingzhao is a founding team member of the CfCE Watershed Catchment program for the River Murray.


Brendan Hoare M.AppSci. MNZPI

Brendan is a landscape ecologist and environmental planner with international research and development expertise in agrecology and hortecology. He is Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Land Management & Design, at UNITEC, Auckland, where he is developing the organic research unit and driving the New Zealand Organic 2020 Strategy. Brendan’s multi-disciplinary qualifications include degrees in horticulture, landscape and regional planning, systems agriculture and rural development.



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