This group brings together ecologists, engineers and environmental advisors to promote, support and develop resources for fish passage, and advocates for better guidance and policy for our waterways.

NZ Fish Passage Advisory Group logo.

It represents the many different businesses, organisations, councils and government agencies that are involved in fish passage management in New Zealand.

Our role

The key roles of the advisory group are to:

  • coordinate an interdisciplinary approach to fish passage management
  • lead the development and implementation of guidance, tools and data collection systems, and promote their use
  • look for opportunities to progress fish passage research and management
  • liaise with and foster support from industry bodies, professional organisations and special interest groups
  • promote and influence the development of legislation and policy that relates to fish passage
  • improve communication, coordination and access to resources, including those on DOC and NIWA webpages
  • promote awareness of fish passage and encourage best practice.

Current key roles of the group are around communication, implementation of national resources (workshops/training; submissions and Fish Passage Assessment Tool), promotion and uptake of key research gaps and creation of key resources to support implementation. We have formed sub-groups to progress these and leads are identified in the membership list below.

Newsletter and resources

Fresh Connection newsletter

This newsletter is published regularly to keep readers informed about fish passage management in New Zealand. 

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We create resources, like the series of lessons learnt case studies, to provide guidance, promote fish passage and share examples of where passage has been improved.

Fish passage resources

YouTube channel

Our YouTube channel contains a collection of fish videos and conference presentations about fish passage.

Fish passage guidelines and assessment tool

We advocate and promote the New Zealand fish passage guidelines and the fish passage assessment tool. This includes distribution, presentations, publishing summaries and promoting formal adoption.  

Knowledge gaps

We maintain a list of research and knowledge gaps that relate to fish passage management. The gaps may be useful starters for research projects for postgraduate students.

Fish passage research priorities (PDF, 160K)


The Department of Conservation and Ministry for the Environment coordinate this group and provide governance direction.

The New Zealand Fish Passage Advisory Group members are:

  • Tanya Blakely (Boffa Miskell): Chair and workshops/training subgroup lead
  • Sjaan Bowie / Marine Richardson (DOC): Sjaan (Coordinator and guidance subgroup lead)
  • Alice Bradley / Alix Raine (Ministry for the Environment): Coordinator
  • Paul Franklin (NIWA): Fish Passage Assessment Tool lead
  • Patrick Lees (Tonkin + Taylor): Communications subgroup lead
  • Trevor James (Tasman District Council): Submissions subgroup lead
  • Matt Dale (Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu)
  • Megan Kennedy (NZTA)
  • Daya Thompson (KiwiRail)
  • Mark Webb (Fish & Game)
  • Melissa Shearer (Environment Canterbury)
  • Katrina Smith (Greater Wellington Regional Council)
  • Christina Bloom (Auckland Council)
  • Steve Hall (Waikato Regional Council)
  • Cindy Baker (NIWA)
  • Kati Doehring (Cawthron Institute)
  • Omar Seychell (Fulton Hogan)
  • Kahureremoa Aki (Te Wai Māori Trust).


To contact the advisory group or join the wider interest groups, email

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