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 role of the advisory group is to:

  • coordinate an interdisciplinary approach to fish passage management
  • lead the development 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.

Key roles

Key roles of the group will include, but are not limited to:

  • leading development of national tools and systems
  • providing better national coordination
  • promoting awareness and implementation of best-practice
  • increasing accessibility to guidance and tools
  • being a central point of reference for fish passage management
  • seeking opportunities to progress fish passage research
  • coordinating an interdisciplinary approach to the management of fish passage
  • actively identifying and seeking opportunities to advance research and management
  • liaising with, and fostering support from industry bodies, professional organisations and special interest groups
  • promoting the development and influencing legislation and policy.

Newsletter and resources

Fresh Connection newsletter

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

View newsletters on our download site. Latest issue June 2019. 

Sign up by emailing You can also ask to join our mailing list for other news.

Case studies

We create resources, like the series of lessons learnt case studies, to share examples of where fish 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 printing, 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 New Zealand Fish Passage Advisory Group members are:

  • Bryn Quilter (Tonkin & Taylor): Chair
  • Kati Doehring (Cawthron Institute): Communications lead
  • Sjaan Bowie (DOC): Coordinator and guidelines lead
  • Paul Franklin (NIWA): Coordinator and assessment protocol lead
  • Bruno David (Waikato Regional Council)
  • Trevor James (Tasman District Council)
  • Megan Kennedy (NZ Transport Agency)
  • Carla Bates (Kiwi Rail)
  • Mark Webb (Fish & Game NZ)
  • Nick Vincent (Ministry for the Environment)
  • Patrick Lees (Tonkin & Taylor)
  • Kelly Hughes (ATS Environmental)
  • Cindy Baker (NIWA)
  • Alice Bradley (Beef & Lamb)
  • Matt Dale (Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu)
  • Katrina Smith (Greater Wellington)
  • Melissa Shearer (Environment Canterbury)
  • Matt Bloxham/Tom Mansell (Auckland Council)
  • Tanya Blakely (Boffa Miskall).


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

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