Mike Freeman

Qualifications

  • Certificate in Sustainable Nutrient Management (Advanced), Massey University, 2015.
  • Certificate in Sustainable Nutrient Management (Intermediate), Massey University, 2013.
  • MBA (Distinction), University of Canterbury, 1994.
  • Certificate of Proficiency, Natural Resource Policy, Lincoln University, 1989.
  • Ph.D. (Massey University, Biotechnology Dept.) Commonwealth Scholar 1980-1983. Thesis title: Periphyton and water quality in the Manawatu River, New Zealand. Submitted October 1983, successfully examined May 1984. 
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) First Class. Environmental Sciences (Warwick, U.K., 1980).

Relevant experiences

  • 30 years' experience in water resource & environmental quality management issues.
  • Understanding of the application and limitations of OVERSEER® Nutrient Budgets (Overseer) in water quality management.
  • Contaminated site investigations in accordance with the National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health.
  • Commissioner on over 20 Resource Management Act hearings.
  • Overseer modelling.
  • Oversight of Resource Management Act regulatory processes for 11 years, including management of major public consent hearings.
  • Mediation of many contentious resource consent appeals.
  • Input to various national bodies involved in environmental science and research.
  • Technical and policy input to the development of regional plans.
  • MfE certified 'Making Good Decisions' decision maker.
  • Provision of expert evidence to the Environment Court.

 

Work history

April 2015 – today: Principal Environmental Scientist & Director, Freeman Environmental Ltd.
Provision of a wide range of environmental science and Resource Management Act advice and services.

August 2012 - April 2015: Science Impact Leader/Senior Scientist, AgResearch
Coordination of Agresearch's Overseer projects and contributed to aligning soil and water research with AgResearch's science impact goals.

June 2012 – August 2012: Principal Environmental Scientist & Director, Freeman Environmental Ltd.
Provision of a wide range of environmental science and Resource Management Act advice and services.

August  2011 – May 2012: Principal Environmental Scientist, URS New Zealand
Provision of a wide range of environmental science and Resource Management Act advice and services.

February 2008 – July 2011: Principal Environmental Scientist & Director, Freeman Environmental Ltd.
Provision of a wide range of environmental science and Resource Management Act advice and services.

October  2000 – December 2007: Director Regulation, Environment Canterbury
Responsible for all regulatory implementation activities including the Resource Management Act, the Biosecurity Act and Navigation and Safety legislation.

October 1996 – September 2000: Group Manager - Resource Regulation, Environment Canterbury.
Responsible for all regulatory implementation activities, Council administration and human resource functions.

January 1993 - October 1996: Group Manager - Environmental Monitoring, Canterbury Regional Council.
Responsible for scientific and technical staff involved in environmental investigations, monitoring, facilitation and advice, including four principal sections: Environmental Quality, Groundwater Resources, Land Resources, and Rivers and Coastal Resources.

November 1989 - December 1992: Pollution Control Manager, Canterbury Regional Council.
Management and technical responsibility for professional and technical staff involved in regulatory, planning and monitoring related to environmental quality. 

October 1985 - October 1989: Scientist - Groundwater Quality, for the North Canterbury Catchment Board and Regional Water Board.
Responsible for technical oversight of groundwater quality monitoring and investigations, technical input to permit applications and providing technical input to district and regional plan processes.

October 1984 - October 1985: Contract Researcher for National Water and Soil Conservation Authority
Research: Evaluating a number of short-term aquatic toxicity tests for use in New Zealand. Undertaken at the Biotechnology Department, Massey University.

October 1983 - October 1984: Hilary V Jolly Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Waikato.
Research: Investigating the role of micro-organisms in the biogeochemistry of arsenic in the arsenic-rich Waikato River.

Memberships

Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
International Water Association
New Zealand Institute of Management
New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society
Water New Zealand
Resource Management Law Association

Decision-maker

Certified by the Minister for the Environment as a decision-maker under the Making Good Decisions Programme. Effective 4 April 2008. Re-certified with Chairing endorsement, June 2016 to June 2021.