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Andrew Fenemor

Research Associate
Landscape Policy and Governance
Andrew Fenemor
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Research interests

Andrew has over 40 years experience in hydrological research, water resource investigations and catchment management. Particular research interests are

• water allocation and management, including alternative water governance methods nationally and locally

• catchment-scale sustainability, including how to involve and motivate communities in integrated catchment management

• hydrology and groundwater analysis 

• catchment land use effects on water availability, water quality and aquatic values.

• integrated catchment management (ICM) & integrated water resource management (IWRM), including in the developing world 

• water resource management, including innovative methods such as art-science for engaging communities, tangata whenua kaupapa, the science of policy, and exploring "opportunities across the gaps" 

• water governance and complex systems

• collaborative water management processes

With both an applied research and regional government background, Andrew is also a certified and active RMA water management commissioner engaged in complex water policy and consent hearing processes.



Ohio State

BEng (Hons) Agricultural Eng


Neto S, Camkin J, Fenemor A, Tan P-L, Baptista JM, Ribeiro M, Schulze R, Stuart-Hill S, Spray C, Elfithri R 2018. OECD Principles on Water Governance in practice: an assessment of existing frameworks in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and South America. Water International 43(1): 60–89.

Whiting G, Ellison E, Fenemor A 2016. Report and recommendations of the hearing commissioners on Plan Change 3 to the Waitaki Catchment Water Allocation Regional Plan. Environment Canterbury. 163 p.

Fenemor A, Price R, Green S 2016. Modelling the source and fate of nitrate-nitrogen losses from Waimea Plains land uses. Landcare Research Contract Report ; LC2459. Landcare Research. 32 p.

Fenemor A, Green S, Dryden G, Samarasinghe O, Newsome P, Price R, Betts H, Lilburne L 2015. Crop production, profit and nutrient losses in relation to irrigation water allocation and reliability - Waimea Plains, Tasman District: final report. MPI Technical Paper No: 2015/36. Landcare Research. 65 p.

Fenemor A 2014. Motueka River ICM legacy lives on …. Landcare Research e-news 3.

Fenemor A, Lilburne L, Green S, Young R 2014. Assessing water quality limits and risks from intensified irrigation development: a New Zealand case study. Proceedings: 35th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, Perth, Australia, 24-27 February 2014. Pp. 758–765.

Fenemor A, Allen W, Fraser C, Atkinson M, Bright J 2014. [Abstract] Collaborative freshwater management using a waterwheel - Wairau Valley case study, Marlborough. Proceedings: 2014 Water Symposium, Integration: 'The Final Frontier', Blenheim, New Zealand, 24-28 November 2014.

Fenemor A, Thomas J 2013. Water allocation limits for the Upper Motueka catchment. Landcare Research Contract Report ; LC1631. Landcare Research. 22 p.

Gusyev MA, Toews MW, Daughney CJ, Hong T, Minni G, Fenemor A, Ekanayake J, Davie T, Basher L, Thomas J 2012. Modelling groundwater abstraction scenarios using a groundwater-river interaction model of the Upper Motueka River catchment. Journal of hydrology, New Zealand 51(2): 85-110.

Fenemor A 2012. Catchment stabilisation to protect coral reefs in the Pacific. Discovery 12(36): 8-9.

Fenemor A, Young RG, Bowden B, Phillips C, Allen W 2011. Integrated catchment management - a decade of research in the Motueka River catchment. New Zealand journal of marine and freshwater research 45(3): 307-311.

Fenemor A, Phillips C, Allen W, Young RG, Harmsworth G, Bowden B, Basher L, Gillespie PA, Kilvington M, Davies-Colley R, Dymond J, Cole A, Lauder G, Davie T, Smith R, Markham S, Deans N, Stuart B, Atkinson M, Collins A 2011. Integrated catchment management - interweaving social process and science knowledge. New Zealand journal of marine and freshwater research 45(3): 313-331. CABI:20113310533.

Fahey B, Ekanayake J, Jackson R, Fenemor A, Davie T, Rowe L 2010. Using the WATYIELD water balance model to predict catchment water yields and low flows. Journal of hydrology 49(1): 35-58.

Atkinson M, Kilvington M, Fenemor A 2009. Watershed talk : the cultivation of ideas and action : a project about processes for building community resilience. Lincoln, N.Z., Manaaki Whenua Press. 45 p.

Cao WZ, Bowden WB, Davie T, Fenemor A 2009. Modelling Impacts of Land Cover Change on Critical Water Resources in the Motueka River Catchment, New Zealand. Water Resources Management 23(1): 137-151. WOS:000261960200008. Show more


  • Past president, NZ Hydrological Society 1996-2000
  • Civil & Natural Resources Engineering Advisory Board, University of Canterbury
  • Wairarapa Water Use Project (WWUP) Science Advisory Panel, Greater Wellington Regional Council
  • RMA Hearing Commissioner, ECan & MfE
  • RMA hearing sole commissioner - Waitaki water allocation plan change 2, Envrionment Canterbury
  • Freshwater Independent Advisory Panel, Minister for the Environment
  • Member Editorial Board Australasian Journal of Water Resources, Australasian Journal of Water Resources
  • Commissioner for Waitaki and South Canterbury water management plan changes 2015-16, Environment Canterbury
  • Fenemor A. Commissioner panel member for Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) land and water plan 2017-18, Bay of Plenty Regional Council