Functions of the board

The Waste Advisory Board is established under Part 7 of the Waste Minimisation Act.

The board provides the Minister for the Environment with waste minimisation advice upon request.

The Waste Minimisation Act states that the Minister must request the board’s advice on:

  • declaring a product to be a ‘priority product’ under the Act (which requires it to have a product stewardship scheme)
  • making guidelines about the contents and expected effects of product stewardship schemes for priority products
  • accrediting a product stewardship scheme that is not consistent with published guidelines
  • recommending the making of regulations prohibiting the sale of a priority product except in accordance with an accredited scheme
  • recommending the making of regulations on products, materials and waste
  • setting or modifying criteria for approving funding of a project from waste disposal levy funds
  • reviewing the effectiveness of the waste disposal levy
  • recommending the making of regulations on the imposition or rate of the waste disposal levy
  • recommending the making of regulations on records, information and reports.

The Minister for the Environment may also request the board's advice on wider waste minimisation matters.

Terms of reference

The board provides advice within the terms of reference set by the Minister for the Environment. The board is supported by a secretariat based at the Ministry for the Environment.

Waste Advisory Board members

The current members appointed to the Board and their terms of appointment are:

Name Date of initial appointment Expiry date of present term
Darren Patterson (Chair) 31 July 2018 30 July 2021
David Carter 1 February 2010 16 August 2020
Don Chittock 11 November 2019 10 November 2022
Linda Cooper 17 August 2017 16 August 2020
Sue Coutts 31 July 2018 30 July 2021
Jacqui Forbes 6 November 2019 5 November 2022
Julian Kroll 31 July 2018 30 July 2021
Denise Roche 6 November 2019 5 November 2022

All members were appointed to the board by Cabinet following a public call for nominations. Members have been selected for their knowledge, skills and experience on the Waste Minimisation Act, community waste minimisation projects, business/industry (including the commercial waste industry), local government, and tikanga Māori.

Board members serve for three years, unless a shorter term is stated in his or her notice of appointment.

Waste Advisory Board members' biographies

Darren Patterson (Chair)

Darren is a self-employed consultant in the resource recovery sector. He has gained significant boardroom experience and is well placed to lead the Waste Advisory Board. He has around a decade’s experience on the WasteMINZ board and is the current Chair. Darren also chairs the Sustainable Initiative Fund Trust, was a board member of the Agrecovery Foundation and sits on the Stats NZ and Ministry for the Environment Technical Advisory Group for land.

David Carter

David Carter has worked for Lion Corporation in Australia, New Zealand and China. He has extensive experience in a number of roles in the food and beverage industry and has taken up roles in operational leadership and business leadership. He is the founding chairman of the Glass Packaging Forum and the Packaging Forum and an engineer of over 30 years.

Don Chittock

Don is currently the National Environment and Sustainability Manager at Fulton Hogan. Don has experience in the construction sector. This is particularly in environmental management support to quarries and clean-fill operations. Don has previously worked for Environment Canterbury where he managed strategic work programmes on waste and hazardous substances, and contaminated land and pollution prevention.

Linda Cooper JP

Linda is a Councillor for Waitakere. She has a broad range of community governance experience at local and regional level. She has been a member of an iwi co-governance board with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. Linda is a member of an Auckland Council waste management political steering group. She has extensive knowledge of resource efficiency solutions in New Zealand and overseas, including knowledge gained through on-the-ground site visits.

Sue Coutts

With over 16 years’ practical experience in running a resource recovery centre and education programmes, Sue is an expert in business development and community engagement. She is the General Manager of Wanaka Wastebusters and a founding trustee of the Sustainable Wanaka Charitable Trust and the Zero Waste Network.

Jacki Forbes

Jacki is Ngā Ruahinerangi and has been a leader in the community resource recovery sector for many years. She is both one of the founders and general manager of the Para Kore Programme which operates on many marae particularly in the North Island. Jacki has experience working in community recycling, community enterprise and zero waste education. She has previously worked as a senior manager for Xtreme Zero Waste, an Enviroschools facilitator at the Waikato Regional Council, and kura kaupapa and kōhanga reo kaiako.

Julian Kroll

Julian is self-employed as a business consultant and advisor. Julian helped to launch and manage Envirocon Product Stewardship Scheme, and currently chairs the Envirocon Advisory Board. Julian has built up public sector experience through involvement with Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, and Callaghan Innovation.

Denise Roche

Denise comes from a trade union background. She maintains a keen interest work conditions for people employed in the waste and recycling sector. Denise has governance experience at both central and local government level and has served as a trustee for a variety of community and national environmental organisations. She has also worked in the community recycling sector, conducted international comparative waste minimisation studies and is regarded as a strong advocate for effective product stewardship schemes. Denise is Ngāti Raukawa and her hapu is Ngāti Huri.

Appointing the board

The Board provides independent advice to the Minister on matters relating to the Act and waste minimisation.

In appointing members, the Minister must consider the need for the Board to have available collective knowledge, skills, and experience relating to:

  • the Act
  • matters likely to come before the Board
  • community projects for waste minimisation
  • industry, including the commercial waste industry
  • tikanga Māori.

How to make a nomination

Please note: The Minister for the Enviroment is not currently seeking nominations.

Nominations should be made using the Waste Advisory Board nomination form.

Download the nomination form:

  • Word version [60 KB] (to download to your computer and complete electronically)
  • PDF version [83 KB] (printable version).

Please note you must include a cover letter and curriculum vitae (CV) for the person you are nominating. CVs should include all information outlined in the Cabinet Appointments and Honours Committee CV template (CAB 50).

Download the template from the Cabinet office forms web page [Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website]

Please email your completed nomination form to

How board members are selected

All nominations, together with a suggested short-list and recommendations from the Ministry are provided to the Minister for the Environment for consideration. After consulting the Minister of Māori Development, the Minister will take their own recommendations to the Appointments and Honours Committee of Cabinet. Cabinet makes the final appointment(s) decision.

Appointments to the board are notified in the New Zealand Gazette and on this website. All nominees and those who nominated them are informed of the outcome in writing.

Expected time commitment for board members

The Waste Advisory Board meets for a full day (usually in Wellington) around four times per year. Additionally, members need time to prepare for these meetings and prepare advice for the Minister.

Members’ remuneration

Members’ remuneration is determined by the Cabinets Fees Framework for members appointed to bodies in which the Crown has an interest. Waste Advisory Board members are currently paid $535 per day before tax. Actual and reasonable expenses incurred (such as travel) are also reimbursed.

Contact us

For further information contact Stephen Goodman in the Resource Efficiency and Innovation Team at the Ministry: