Commissioner Profile

Philip Milne is an independent RMA commissioner with chairperson's accreditation and has also completed the LEADR 4 day mediation course. He is available for Commissioner, Mediator and facilitator roles.

Philip brings a practical, multi-disciplinary approach to hearings. He emphasises an inclusive but efficient process whilst minimising legal risks. He has successfully chaired a number of complex, controversial and lengthy hearings (most recently the Central Plains Irrigation hearing). In most of these hearings Philip has had primary responsibility for procedural decisions and for editing and/or writing the report.

Philip has developed effective approaches to management of hearings. His skills encompass resource management issues, procedural matters, conflict resolution as well as good decision making and writing. His science background and experience advising councils and others, enables him to bridge the gap between law and the technical, engineering and planning aspects of resource management.

Commissioner Projects (as chair or sole commissioner)

  • ECan cost objection (2011)
  • Selwyn District Council Plan Changes x2 (2011)
  • Central Plains Water Trust irrigation scheme (a complex and lengthy joint hearing 2008-2010)
  • Ashburton Community Water Trust hydro scheme (2008 - 2009).
  • Canterbury Meat Packers water take hearing (2009).
  • Lincoln Land Developments subdivision hearing (joint hearing 2009).
  • Rakaia Selwyn Groundwater takes (67 applications jointly heard 2006 - 2007).
  • Christchurch International Airport (Special Airport Zone consent hearing 2009).
  • Ngai Tahu application to take water from the Waimakariri (2006).
  • Christchurch Airport application to discharge storm water (2005) (consents declined - no appeals).
  • Akaroa Marine Farms.
  • Lyttelton Harbour Inner Moorings (consents declined - no appeals).
  • Sole Commissioner Kate Valley variation to consent (2006).
  • Kate Valley landfill hearing (a contentious and lengthy joint hearing).
  • Various other minor hearings and decisions on the papers.
  • Various procedural decisions on notification etc.


Philip has acted as a Commissioner for Environment Canterbury, Christchurch City Council, Hurunui District Council and Selwyn District Council. Contact details for council and other referees can be supplied upon request.