Supporting water, land, air, biodiversity and catchment profesionals since 1953

The New Zealand Association of Resource Management (NZARM) is an association of professionals involved in natural resource management, particularly land and water.

We are an incorporated society supporting our members through events, Broadsheet magazine, Capability Assessment Tool, annual conference, and awards.

Our objectives

  • Advocate for resource management stakeholders in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Promote excellence and ethical conduct in resource management.
  • Enhance communication and knowledge sharing among members and the community.
  • Increase public awareness of the value of resource management.
  • Advance education through professional development and workshops.

NZARM members include individuals from central, regional, and local government, research and educational institutes, as well as consultants and staff from companies dealing with primary industries.

New Zealand Association of Resource Management logo


The inaugural meeting of the New Zealand Soil Conservators Association was held in Timaru in 1953. A certification process was established along with a separate Certification Board. In the late 1970s, the Association's activities were broadened to include water management as well as soil conservation.

In the early 1990s, the Association further broadened its scope to allow a wider range of professionals involved in natural resource management. This reflects the more holistic approach to natural resource management encouraged by the Resource Management Act 1991.

NZARM is committed to representing professional and technical staff of organisations working in natural resource management to provide a strong forum for communication and information exchange, with a focus on land and water management.

How NZARM works

NZARM is an incorporated society with an Executive Committee of 6 to 8 people elected on a biennial basis. The administration and clerical services are contracted out, leaving the Executive Committee to concentrate on supporting the broader membership, through the NZARM publication (Broadsheet), Regional Workshops, Annual Conference, NZARM Professional Certification, and study / travel awards.

We assist with regional meeting events

Regional meeting events are key elements of NZARM's mission and service to its members.

These meetings are usually designed around a particular regional issue and tend to involve members and interested people from both within, and from adjacent regions.

NZARM is interested in supporting the creation and promotion of regional meeting events and have a wealth of expertise to call on.

Would you like to host an event?

For assistance please contact Matt Highway on the contact details below.

Matt Highway

Cell: 027 702 4378
Email: matt.highway@nzarm.org.nz

The NZARM constitution was created on the 1 December 1996. The latest update occurred on the 1 October 2022.

Download constitution (pdf)

Become a member

Calling all resource managers, asset managers, consultants, scientists, planners and engineers – NZARM helps the industry network upskill and grow, and we can connect you with clients looking for environmental expertise.

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