Decision makers and procedures

View information about the Decision-making Committee appointed to decide the application.

OMV's application will be heard and decided by a Decision-making Committee (DMC) appointed by the EPA Board. 

Greg Hill (Chair)

Greg is an independent hearings commissioner and resource management consultant/planner with over 30 years experience.  He was the Chairperson of the Decision-making Committee for the Trans Tasman Resources 2013 marine consent application to extract iron sand off the coast of Taranaki.  He was also one of the panel members of the Independent Hearings Panel for the Auckland Unitary Plan.

He has undertaken a number of hearing commissioner roles for various Councils including full plan reviews, plan changes, notice of requirements, resource consents and reserve management plans.  

Mr Hill holds a Bachelor of Economics and Geography and a Bachelor of Town Planning from the University of Auckland.

Nicki Crauford (EPA Board representative)

Dr Crauford is a professional company director with a wealth of experience in governance and decision-making for large organisations in the public and private sector. She is a member of several boards, including GNS Science (Chairman), Watercare Services Limited, Orion New Zealand, Wellington Water Limited, Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Deputy Chairman). She has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and a Doctorate in Applied Science from the Southampton University. She is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand, a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She has held senior management roles at the national grid owner, Transpower, the Institute of Directors and the Institution of Professional Engineers. Dr Crauford was a committee member on the Decision Making Committee for the Chatham Rock Phosphate marine consent application.

Sheena Tepania

Sheena is of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu, and Te Rarawa descent and has practised as a lawyer, lecturer and consultant specialising in resource management, Treaty and Māori land law.  She currently works as a Consultant providing professional advice primarily focusing on kaupapa Māori encompassing law and environmental policy and planning.  Sheena has been an Independent Hearings Commissioner since 2011, appointed to the Auckland Council panel and is frequently appointed to hearing panels to hear and decide applications for resource consent, private plan changes and notices of requirement.  In 2017 Sheena was appointed to the Board of Inquiry for the East West link proposal and was recently appointed to the Waikato Healthy Rivers - Wai Ora: Proposed Plan Change 1 hearings panel. 

Sheena brings a high level of expertise in kaupapa Māori, resource management law and environmental management from a te ao Māori (Māori worldview) perspective.  She is certified in the Ministry for the Environment’s Making Good Decisions programme with a chairing endorsement.

DMC Committee Procedures

This document sets out the arrangements for the operation of this DMC.

 View the Committee Procedures (pdf 157KB)

Register of Interests

The register records all relevant member's interests and will be updated when necessary throughout the process for the OMV application for marine discharge consent.

View the register of interests (pdf 126KB)

Decision-making criteria

The criteria that will be used by the DMC to make its decision is outlined in the information sheet ‘Decision-making criteria for EEZ marine consent applications’.

View the information sheet on Decision-making criteria for EEZ marine consent applications (pdf 2.09KB)

Please note that this information sheet is not intended to be an exhaustive list and that the DMC will draw on other sections of the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 to inform its decision-making.

Hearing Procedures

The hearing procedures set the rules and time frame by which the OMV hearing will be run.  It also provides guidance on evidence requirements and expert conferencing. On 2 August the DMC provided Minute 1 which confirms that the hearing commences on Tuesday 4 September 2018. An updated version of the hearing procedures are available below. 

 View the updated hearing procedures (pdf 326KB)