Kate Scott is the Manuherikia Catchment Water Strategy Group’s project manager. She is also the managing director of BTW South, a surveying, planning and engineering firm with offices in Cromwell, where Kate is based, and Gore.
Kate has a degree in geography and political science from Wellington’s Victoria University. She is a resource management planner who has mainly worked in the private sector, including the mining, oil, gas and dairying industries, with the latter involving work on irrigation projects.
Kate also manages several contracts with Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), which involves a variety of work in valuable high country landscapes. She is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Management (NZIM) and the Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand (RMLA).
Kate grew up on a farm in Taranaki and moved to Central Otago 11 years ago. She lives at Bannockburn with her husband, Scott Levings, and three young sons.
Outside of work Kate is involved in a range of sports, including squash, tennis, mountain-biking and snow sports. Occasionally you will find her behind the wheel of Scott’s 1981 Toyota Starlet rally car, nicknamed the Orange Roughy.
Kate said she is proud of what the MCWSG has achieved to date. “The only option we have is to come up with something that works best for everyone. I think we’ve made really good progress. We’ve got really good engagement from a wide variety of sectors, including interest groups, farmers, irrigators and regional and district authorities. Getting the information out so everyone can make a decision is a really important part.”