Who are we?

The New Zealand Association of Resource Management is an Incorporated Society with membership drawn from
those engaged in the management of natural and physical resources.

What is the New Zealand Association of Resource Management?

The Association first came into existence in 1953 as the New Zealand Soil Conservators’ Association. Members were mostly drawn from regional government and research or educational institutes.

  • The inaugural meeting of the New Zealand Soil Conservators’ Association held in Timaru.
  • A certification procedure is established, along with separate Certification Board.
  • The Association’s activities are broadened to include water management as well as soil conservation.
  • The Association further broadens its scope to allow a wider range of professionals involved in natural resource management.

With the more holistic approach to natural resource management encouraged by the Resource Management Act 1991, the Association recognised a need to include a broader representation of those working in this area
of expertise.

The Association is committed to representing professional and technical staff of organisations working in natural resource management, particularly land management, and providing a strong forum for communication and information exchange.

Future Direction

Current members generally work in an operational or planning role within regional and district councils, or in a research or education role in other organisations such as:

  • Consultancies involved in resource management, including engineering and legal firms;
  • Government departments, particularly those in the Department of Conservation, Ministry for the Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry;
  • Primary industries such as farming, forestry, mining and horticulture;
  • Regional and district councils, particularly in planning, policy analysis and biosecurity;
  • Industries related to fertiliser, pesticides, biosecurity and forestry;
  • Research and training institutions such as universities, Crown research institutes and polytechnics.

The Association is not planning to replace membership of specialist scientific or professional organisations.

Rather, it is aiming to develop a broad grouping of individuals with a variety of expertise working together for the better management of our natural and physical resources.


  • To represent and promote the views and interests of persons who are involved or interested in resource management
  • To promote good practice, competence, and ethics in resource management
  • To promote effective communication and transfer of information between members,
    other resource management practitioners, and the community, concerning resource management
  • To encourage community awareness of the nature and value of resource management

Membership Classes

The constitution allows several types of membership.

  • Member – applicants must be involved in, or have an interest in the philosophy, science or practice of resource management.
  • Honorary member – elected by members and conferred as a result of outstanding service given to the field of natural resource management.
  • Corporate member – available to commercial enterprises with involvement in natural resource management


  • Are part of a recognised professional Association with objectives tied to natural resource management and land management in particular
  • Network with others involved in natural resource management, gaining advantages in information sharing and understanding
  • Receive ‘Broadsheet’, a four-monthly newsletter. Contributions on a range of topics keep them up-to-date with the Association’s activities
  • Participate in the National Annual Conference and regular regional workshops, which address natural resource management issues in a practical, direct and relevant way
  • Participate in training programmes focusing on their professional needs
  • Qualify for the nationally recognised Certificate of Proficiency, Resource Management (CPRM)
  • Receive support on matters affecting their professional interest
  • Access various study grants such as the McCaskill Award
  • Enjoy links with other relevant associations and societies for information and combined events