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Marie Doole 
Director - Mataki Environmental 


Keynote Speaker

Throughout a wide-ranging career in local and central government, the not-for-profit sector, academia, and private consulting Marie has developed a unique and multi-faceted understanding of the key challenges in environmental protection and the management of regulatory systems. As director of Mātaki Environmental, Marie provides research, strategy and regulatory advice services to a range of clients. A common theme of her career is environmental compliance. Having held operational roles through to strategic and evaluative roles across New Zealand’s environmental legal landscape, Marie can offer a broad perspective on the barriers and ingredients for success. Marie holds a Bachelor of Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management, a Masters in Environmental Legal Studies (all from the University of Auckland) and a PhD from the University of Waikato. When Marie is not working, she can usually be found in the ever-expanding gardens and orchard of the Masterton lifestyle block she shares with her young family; husband Aaron and two little daughters. 




Looking back to look forward: reflections on research into environmental compliance in New Zealand that help us level up

For the thousands of New Zealanders who have chosen environmental compliance as a career, celebrating the 20 years of this conference is also a time to reflect on the state of our discipline, what we can be proud of and where we can place our energy going forward. Evaluating the performance of regulatory systems teaches us lessons we can apply not just to operational matters in the future, but to the design of regulatory systems. On the 20th anniversary of the Environmental Compliance Conference, Marie reflects on the learnings from a range of analyses in and outside of the sector, and considers how they can help us level up in the future. Spanning the whole regulatory cycle, there are predictable risks and barriers to good outcomes that, after such experience, New Zealand is well placed to overcome. This talk will cover the full spectrum of the design and delivery of environmental regulation with a view to making the next twenty years bring about a quantum leap in policy design, practice, and environmental outcomes.

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