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Taumata Arowai - The year ahead and Te Puna Kōrero / Public Consultation

After the success of the 2021 Taumata Arowai webinar series, Water New Zealand is honoured to host Taumata Arowai again.

The 2022 webinar series will kick off with the year ahead and Te Puna Kōrero / Public Consultation. Join Katey Te Amo and Helen Robertson for the first of the 2022 webinars.

If you have issues registering please contact Katrina Guy at Water New Zealand.


Katy Te Amo

Katy Te Amo

Katy has been a public servant for most of her career. She trained as a teacher which led her to Te Papa Tongarewa in a range of roles which used her education training. Since her Te Papa days Katy has spent the last 10 plus years in a range of roles across central government. This has included policy roles at Te Puni Kōkiri and three years as Private Secretary to the former Minister of Māori Affairs, Hon Pita Sharples.

In 2014, Katy moved into the Treaty Settlement sector as a Negotiation and Settlement Manager at the Office for Māori Crown Relations – Te Arawhiti.

Katy has been involved in the Three Waters Reform Programme since early 2019, initially leading iwi Māori engagement and policy, then adding in governance once she moved across to the Taumata Arowai Establishment Unit.

"For me, Taumata Arowai embodies the fundamental characteristic of the public service which is wanting to make a difference for Aotearoa and the communities we serve."

Helen Robertson

Helen Robertson

I tipu ai ahau i raro i te maru o maunga Rimutaka.

Ko Waikawa te awa e māhea nei aku māharahara.

Ko Helen Robertson ahau.

Helen Robertson is the Regulatory Policy Manager at Taumata Arowai. She has been at Taumata Arowai for 6 months. From a team of one (herself) she has built the policy team to 5 committed policy advisors who develop both operational and regulatory policy.

Helen has a strong interest in regulatory stewardship—ensuring regulatory regimes are delivering the intended outcomes and continue to be fit for purpose into the future.

In her most recent roles, she has worked on interesting policy issues like how to integrate unmanned aircraft into our aviation system and whether New Zealand’s aviation security settings appropriately mitigate the risks in an ever changing threat environment. She was also lucky to be involved in developing New Zealand’s space regulatory regime.

Out of office hours you’ll find her riding her bike, being a taxi driver to her two teenage kids and trying to make the perfect macaron.