Watershed Systems Ltd


Mount Cook Street Twizel New Zealand
Phone 64 3 4353 227 Fax 64 3 4353 227

Email: taneh@watershed.net.nz

Haikai Tane, Director, Watershed Systems Ltd


  • Catchment Ecology & Watershed Management
  • Habitat Benchmarks, Land Capability Mapping
  • Integrated Resource Assessment Systems
  • Geographic (GIS) Information Systems
  • Environmental Mapping, Modeling, Monitoring
  • Resource Planning for Sustainable Development
  • Community Planning & Regional Development
  • Farm Forestry, Tree Crops, Ecoforestry
  • Floodplain Planning & Catchment Management
  • Strategic Planning for Economic Development

Professional History

Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Development
Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland

Director, Watershed Systems Ltd; Twizel, 1999

Woodward-Clyde, Principal Environmental Planner; Regional Manager, Canberra, 1997-8

Hobart City Council, Director, Development Services, Chief Planner 1995 to 1997

Murray Darling Basin Commission, Principal Environmental Planner 1993-1995

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




Haikai is a landscape ecologist and environmental planner with 27 years experience in Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Experienced in both public and private sectors, Haikai’s skills include geospatial information systems (GIS) for environmental management, land use planning and designing catchment ecosystems.

Expertise provided to private clients, government agencies and R&D institutions, include: mapping, modeling and monitoring environmental resources; catchment planning and floodplain management; environmental planning for sustainable communities integrated resource mapping and modeling systems; and regional planning and development strategies.

Catchment Planning and Floodplain Management

  • Carson River Basin USA (1973) - Environmental baseline studies for inaugural Regional Plan, Nevada.
  • King Country Region NZ.(1977) - Catchment Land Use Study for Natural Resource Management
  • Waitaki Basin, NZ (1977-78) Catchment Land Use and Habitat Surveys for Resource Management
  • Catchment Ecology, Riparian Ecological Surveys, Waihopai River Catchment, 1978-82 Marlborough NZ
  • Riparian Zone Restoration Strategies: Waitaki Region (1983-89) - R&D Projects for Waitaki Rivers
  • River Murray Floodplain Planning Program (1990-95) - Murray-Darling Basin Commission, Canberra
  • Upper Billabong Catchment (1998-99) – Benchmark audits for Land and Water Management Plan

Strategic Planning for Sustainable Development

  • Environmental Settlement Strategies for the Sydney Region (1982)
  • NZ Market Catchment Regions (1982) and Westpac Branch Location Strategies (1983)
  • Strategic Planning for Regional Australia (1994)
  • Settlement Strategies for Greater Hobart (1996)
  • Information Infrastructure and Cyberport Development Strategy: Hobart City on CD ROM (1996-97)
  • Environmental Management Information System: GIS for Australian Department of Defence (1998)

V & H Tane & Associates, Ecologists and Planners, Twizel, New Zealand, 1983 to 1989


Westpac Banking Corporation, Wellington, New Zealand, Department of Environment and Planning, Sydney, Principal Strategic Planning Consultant, 1981 to 1982

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, Kurow, New Zealand, Rangelands Conservator, 1974

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

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

Carson River Basin COG, Nevada, United States, Regional Planner, 1972

Plant Location International, Sydney, Location Analyst, 1970

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

GIS and Environmental Management

  • Computer Modelling of Catchment Ecosystems - School of Resource Ecology, University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada (1971-1972).
  • Design and Development of the NZ Land Inventory System - for NZ Dept of Lands and Survey 1975-76
  • Remote Sensing Applications for the NZ Land Inventory and Regional Land Use Studies - for NZ Dept of Lands and Survey 1975-78.
  • GIS Design and Development for the Murray Darling Basin - for Murray Darling Basin Commission, Canberra (1990-1992).
  • Applications and Data Standards for Digital Mapping of the Murray Darling Basin - 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) GOLD MEDAL AWARD WINNER IN GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY (ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION SYSTEM)
  • Digital Orthophoto Mapping and Related Database Development for the City of Hobart, Tasmania (1995-1997).
  • Digital Mapping, Modelling and Monitoring of River Catchments and Wetlands - for various clients of Woodward-Clyde, Canberra (1997-1998), including Brighton Council, Tasmania; Bankers Trust R&D Syndicate; and Regional Defence Estate, (Riverina).
  • Upper Billabong Creek Catchment (1998), Digital orthophoto mapping and catchment audit for Land & Water Management Plan Working Group; Holbrook.
  • Environmental Management Information System: GIS for Australian Department of Defence (Regional Estate Organisation) integrated decision support systems for Australian Defence estates (1998 - ongoing).

Environmental Planning & Resource Management

  • The Future of Twizel: Restructuring a Hydro Town - International Conference, Univ. of Auckland (1982)
  • Restoration Ecology of Degraded Rangelands – Aoraki Regional Development Council, (1984-1989)
  • Wildling Trees: Self Regenerating Forests in the High Country –NZ Farm Forestry Association (1982-1989)
  • Ecological Control of Environmental Weeds – RD&T projects for Waitaki Basin Riparian Zones (1975-1989)

personal details

Member of AURISA (Australasian Urban and Regional Information Systems Association)

Member NZPI (New Zealand Planning Institute)

Registered Landcare Planner (Commonwealth of Australia)

Co-founder of ECO (Environment & Conservation Organisations of New Zealand).

Foundation member Southern Tasmania Timber Growers Cooperative.

Editor southern High Country Farm Forestry Newsletter. NZFFA

Married to Vanesa Tane Four grown-up children.


Master of Science, (Ecology & Planning) 1972, University British Columbia, Vancouver.

Bachelor of Laws, 1969, Australian National University

Bachelor of Art (Honours) (Geography), 1968, Australian National University, Canberra.


LandSat Remote Sensing Applications, DSIR, NZ 1975

ESRI ArcInfo Training Course, MDBC 1990

T&FS Integrated Land & Water Information Systems (ILWIS) MDBC 1991-93

T&FS Remote Sensing Training Courses, MDBC 1991-94

ESRI ArcView Training Course, MDBC 1995

Terrascan Pro/GPS Training Course, MDBC 1994


Elected to full membership of the New Zealand Planning Institute, 1988. Full reciprocal rights with the Royal Australian Planning Institute, 1991. Commonwealth of Australia Registered Landcare Planner, 1992


Government Technology Gold Award for Environmental Mapping and Monitoring System 1994

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

Richard Mellon Fellow, Canada 1971-72

Commonwealth Scholar, Australia 1963-68


National Executive, 1977 to 1978, Soil Association of New Zealand

Convenor / Cofounder ECO NZ, 1976 to 1978 (Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ)

Convenor / Cofounder ECO International, 1995 to 1997 (Environmental Conservation Organisations Network)

National Executive, 1992, International Tree Crops Institute Australia, 1992 to 1994

Foundation Member, Southern Timber Growers Cooperative, Tasmania 1996

Vice-president and newsletter editor, Southern High Country Farm Forestry Assocation NZ.


Community Planning, Study Tours, Lecturing

  • Land Classification and Assessment Systems - Study tour of Australian eastern states and agencies on behalf of NZ Government, Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne 1977
  • Land Based Livelihoods: Community Training Programs for the Unemployed, NZ 1980-1989
  • International Study Tour on Integrated Catchment Planning and Management, Canada and UK, 1996
  • Guest Lecturer in Environmental Policy and Planning at the Australian National University, Canberra, 1992-98.
  • Guest Lecturer in landscape ecology, resource management and environmental planning for sustainable development, UNITEC Auckland, 1999.


publications and reports

The list of publications, reports and presentations to conferences and workshops is extensive, and covers a wide range of topics and subject areas. Click here for a comprehensive listing.

A portfolio of published maps and personal presentation of R&D projects are available by arrangement.


Associate Directors: Watershed Systems Center for Catchment Ecology


Ruth Marsh M.. Sc. (Resource Management) Hons


  • Integrated Resource Management
  • Participatory Process Facilitation
  • Community Resource Management
  • Participatory Planning for Sustainable Development and Poverty Alleviation
  • Environmental and Social Assessment
  • Environmental Management Systems (EMS)
  • Rural Water Supply and Sanitation
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture Management
  • Wild Life Management


Ruth Marsh has 25 years experience in natural resource management in both public and private sectors and over 10 years experience in internationally funded development projects focusing on project design and management, cross cutting environmental and social assessments, community development, participatory process facilitation, and capacity building. Ruth has a special interest in designing participatory resource management based on application of cultural intelligence and ecological principles.

Key areas of expertise Ruth provides to corporate clients, government agencies, NGO’s, communities, and international funding agencies is in integrated resource development and management, and, managing specific resources such as fisheries, aquaculture, wild life, communal forestry, and watershed systems. Ruth also provides expertise in design and implementation of (rural) water supply and sanitation projects.


  • April 2003 to present: Director, Kairaurau Ltd. New Zealand.
  • Apr 2000 to April 2003: Self Employed, Development Services Training and Consultancy, New Zealand.
  • Aug 1995 to Mar 2000: Principal/Technical Discipline Leader/ Senior Environmental Scientist, Montgomery Watson NZ Ltd, New Zealand.
  • May 1995 to Aug 1995: Environment Consultant, Worley Consultants Ltd, New Zealand.
  • Jan 1993 to Feb 1995: Resource Development Planner, Volunteer Service Abroad in Partnership with Mudzi Rural District Council, Zimbabwe.
  • Mar 1992 to Dec 1992: Business Manager, New Zealand Technology Development Ltd, New Zealand
  • Feb 1986 to Mar 1992: Scientist / Senior Policy Scientist for inshore fisheries, Maori participation, and aquaculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, New Zealand.
  • Aug 1983 to Feb 1984: Research Assistant, Marine Research Laboratory, Leigh, New Zealand.
  • Mar 1980 to May 1982: Fisheries Research Technician, Provincial Fisheries, British Columbia, Canada.


Integrated Community Resource Management

2003-2004. nzaid. Design and Facilitate Participatory Community Watershed Rehabilitation for Poverty Alleviation, Gujarat State, India.

2001. MFAT. Huangpu River Upper Catchment Water Quality Improvement Project and Poverty Alleviation, Shanghai, China.

2000-2004. AusAID. Natural Resource Management Environmental Management Sub-sector: Periodic advice to AusAID on a variety of projects.

1998-2000. nzaid. Manage New Zealand assistance to improve capacity in all aspects of government and community participation in the rural water supply and management sector in Vanuatu.

1993-1995. VSA/Mudzi Rural District Council. Establish and manage, using participatory processes, the Communal Areas Management Program for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE) - a Zimbabwean Government Programme aimed at integrating community development, poverty alleviation and natural resource management.

Project Design for Sustainable Development and Poverty Alleviation

2002: MFAT: ‘Eua Water Supply Improvement Design Project, Tonga. Undertake a comprehensive social and environmental assessment of water supply issues faced by villages on ‘Eua. Prepare a programme of assistance consistent with Tongan Government Policies and Plans and NZODA Guiding Principles and country strategy to address the issues and provide a reticulated water supply to the fourteen villages concerned.

2000: MFAT: Electrification Feasibility & Design Study, Niuatoputapu & Niuafo’ou, Tonga. Review and analyse the present and future need for electrical power on Niuafo’ou and Niuatoputapu. Prepare a programme of assistance consistent with Tongan Government Policies and Plans and NZODA Guiding Principles and country strategy.

1997: MFAT: Programme Identification and Assessment for NZODA assistance to the Water Resources Sector, Vanuatu. Review donor contributions from environmental, economic and social perspectives. Prepare rationale and programme of assistance to address the socio-economic, environmental and technical needs identified. Recommendations resulted in a five-year programme of assistance.

1996: ADB: Sanitation and Public Health, South Tarawa, Kiribati. Social and environmental assessments. Facilitate community workshops to identify issues, determine resolutions and engender community ownership of the project. Specifically ensure participation of women and inclusion of gender issues in project design and implementation.

Environmental and Social Assessments

2003: ADB: Provincial Road Infrastructure & Poverty Alleviation Project, Vietnam. Train a team of three Viet Nam nationals in environmental impact assessment and preparation of reports and environmental management plans for Asian Development Bank and Government of Viet Nam approval.

1999: World Bank, Lombok Urban Infrastructure and Poverty Alleviation Project, Indonesia. Responsible for managing and reporting on regional environmental and social assessments, including poverty alleviation, gender analysis and community participation programmes. Provide design recommendations for World Bank-funded improvements to roads, water supplies, sanitation, markets, and ports.

1996 / 1997 / 1998: Environmental Audits of seafood exporter and meat processing companies, New Zealand. Manage a team to undertake environmental audits including compliance with legislation. Recommend actions to improve environmental performance, and prepare an EMS to ISO 14001.

Water Supply and Sanitation

2002: ADB Staff Consultant. Water Supply & Sanitation (Sector) Project, Indonesia. Team Leader Socio-economic Assessment. Train a team of three nationals and undertake a comprehensive review and analysis of poverty assessments for Indonesia and prepare a socio-economic profile, including gender analysis, of the four target urban areas; consult widely; prepare a project proposal to meet the needs of target communities especially the poor. Identify appropriate policy guidelines for participatory implementation of the project.

2001: MFAT: Village Water Supplies Design Project, Tonga. Team Leader. Undertake a comprehensive review and analysis of water supply issues faced by two communities on Tongatapu and government implementing agencies. Prepare a programme of assistance consistent with Tongan Government Policies and Plans and NZODA Guiding Principles to address the issues and provide a reticulated water supply to the two villages in question.

1998: ADB, Lao Small Towns Water Supply, Lao PDR. Workshop facilitator to prepare project design for piped water supplies and improved sanitation for about 30 small towns identified as economic development zones throughout Laos.

1997-1998: ADB, Vanuatu Sanitation Master Plan, Vanuatu. Prepare situation analysis of the ecological health of Port Vila Harbour, and identify causes of environmental deterioration. Identify sanitation effects on physical and social environment including preparation of social profile. Prepare sanitation master plan and recommend environmental management controls and monitoring requirements.

Fisheries and Aquaculture

1997-1998: Management and Enhancement of Taiapure and Mahinga Mataitai. Manage a FORST-funded participatory research project to identify customary principles and practices for managing coastal fisheries, and establish their significance and effectiveness in meeting Maori social, cultural and spiritual needs and expectations.

1990-1992: New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries Aquaculture Industry Development. Senior policy scientist.

1986–1992: New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries Coastal and Maori Fisheries Programme. Scientist/Senior scientist providing advice to the National Maori Fisheries Management Programme.

personal details

New Zealand / British (Holding both NZ and British Passports)


Master of Science (Honours), Faculty of Resource Management, University of Canterbury, New Zealand (1986)

Bachelor of Science, University of Auckland, New Zealand (1976)


Environmental Auditing and Environmental Management Systems: NZ Quality College 1998

Gender Planning – Rationale, Approach and Methodology, 1996

Participatory Rural Appraisal & Planning, 1994

Methods for Active Participation, 1993

Powerful Presentation Skills, 1992

Money and You: Business Management, 1992

Project Management, 1992

Environmental Conflict Resolution, 1990, 1998

Planning for Results, 1991

Equal Employment Opportunity Interviewing, 1991

Total Quality Management, 1991

Negotiation Skills, 1990.

Managing for Performance, 1990

Cross Cultural Understanding, 1988

Maori Language & Culture, 1987


publications and reports

Marsh, R. (2002). Huangpu Upper Catchment Water Quality Improvement - Lessons from Asia. Paper presented to the first Australasian Planning Conference, Wellington, New Zealand. April 2002.

Marsh, R. (1996). Wildlife: Relic of the Past or Resource of the Future. Paper presented at the Resource Management Conference, Lincoln University, New Zealand.

Marsh R, Professor Voss JG (1994). Manyachi River Gold Panning Pilot Management Scheme. Prepared for University of Zimbabwe.

Marsh R (1992). Issues and Options for Aquaculture in Marlborough Sounds. Prepared for Marlborough District Council, New Zealand.

Marsh R (1992). Issues and Options for Aquaculture in Tasman. Prepared for TDC, New Zealand.



Hari Kishore B.Eng. PG Dip.Pl. hkishore@tassie.net.au

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 tomtad@dove.net.au

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 rwg@theoffice.net

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 xingzhaod@hotmail.com

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.


Watershed Systems Ltd


Mount Cook Street Twizel New Zealand
Phone 64 3 4353 227 Fax 64 3 4353 227

Email: taneh@watershed.net.nz


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