Professor Murray Patterson

Professor Murray Patterson holds the Chair in Ecological Economics at Massey University and was the Founding Director of the New Zealand Centre for Ecological Economics from 2003-2011. He is widely published in a number of fields including ecological economics, energy analysis, environmental valuation, environmental policy and policy modelling.

Much of this research is of an applied and interdisciplinary nature, working at the interface of policy and sustainability concerns. He has over 35 years’ professional experience as a policy analyst, economist and planner in a number of government and university settings.

He has also lectured in the resource and environmental planning programme at Massey University in policy analysis and evaluation.


Derrylea Hardy

Derrylea is interested in research topics related to the uptake of sustainability indicators, transfer of research knowledge in ecological economics, means of embracing and utilising knowledge from diverse knowledge systems in collaborative and transdisciplinary research teams, and exploring issues of sustainability from a social science perspective.


Alecia Love

Alecia has a Bachelor of Science, Economics and Psychology from Canterbury University. She has recently returned to NZ to undertake postgraduate study, after having spent a year in the United States. Alecia is a summer intern at Massey’s School of People, Environment and Planning over the 2012-2013 summer period, to assist in the MTM programme. She will be working on the ecological economics analysis of Tauranga moana


Lorena Gledhill

Lorena is currently completing a Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning with a Minor in Economics at Massey University. She will do a Research Paper in 2013 to complete her degree, with potential for this to be done in conjunction with MTM research. Lorena is a summer intern at Massey’s School of People, Environment and Planning over the 2012-2013 summer period, to assist in the MTM programme. She will be working on the ecological economics analysis of Tauranga moana


Tene Tangatatai

Tene has a BBS majoring in Accountancy and Finance, and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology and a Postgraduate Certificate in Planning. She hopes to go on to do a Masters in Environmental Science, with a focus on issues being investigated in the Horowhenua case study of MTM. She plans to use her skills and qualifications to contribute to the increased health of the environment and the advancement of sustainable development. Over the summer period, Tene is working with others at Massey on a project examining the economic, ecological and socio-cultural costs and benefits of riparian planting on coastal waterways, with an initial focus on the Waiwiri stream.  We are very pleased to have Tene as part of our MTM team here at Massey.



Jim Sinner

Jim Sinner is a Senior Scientist in Cawthron’s Coastal and Freshwater Group in Nelson, where he is team leader for People, Policy and Planning. He has a particular interest in understanding the dynamics of collaborative approaches to environmental decision-making.

Jim’s main areas of work are coastal and freshwater management, marine biosecurity, fisheries and aquaculture.  He coordinates Cawthron’s input to Manaaki Taha Moana and is also leading research on values in the Sustainable Seas national science challenge and in a freshwater research programmer on Values, Monitoring and Outcomes.


Joanne Ellis

Joanne, formerly a leader of the coastal ecology team at Cawthron, is now a Research Scientist in the Red Sea Research Centre at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. She continues to collaborate with Cawthron and the wider MTM team.

Joanne’s primary area of expertise is the study of benthic communities in marine soft-sediment habitats. Joanne led the broad scale survey of Tauranga harbour and the analysis of results, including academic papers, and is supervising follow-up studies on seagrass beds and distribution of shellfish larvae. Her research interests include the biodiversity and conservation of estuarine and coastal habitats, understanding spatial and temporal variation in benthic soft-sediment ecology, biodiversity in mangrove and seagrass habitats and research to assess impacts of increased sedimentation on bivalve populations.


Chris Cornelisen

Chris is the Group Manager for coastal sciences at Cawthron. Chris’s primary area of expertise is in estuarine and coastal processes and the interaction between the physical environment and biological systems. Chris has experience in the study of nutrient dynamics and water quality in coastal and estuarine systems, benthic ecology and monitoring, tracking land-derived contaminants in the coastal environment, and integrated catchment management. For OTOT, Chris is coordinating the work on estuarine indicators and convening a National Estuarine Reference Group to align our OTOT work with national work programmes to develop better methods for assessing the health of estuaries.


Eric Goodwin

Eric Goodwin is a Systems Analyst who specializes in statistical analysis of large datasets, with particular focus on the effects of multiple stressors on ecosystems. His most recent contribution to MTM involves development of a model to estimate the cumulative effects of multiple stressors in Tauranga harbour.


Dana Clarke

Dana is a marine ecologist within Cawthron’s Coastal Ecosystems team, specializing in benthic ecology and the assessment of anthropogenic impacts on the marine environment. During the MTM programme, she helped to lead the broad scale survey of Tauranga Harbour and analysis of the survey data, the shellfish survey on the Horowhenua beaches and the cumulative impacts model of Tauranga Harbour. More recently, Dana has been involved in species modelling and indicator development for the OTOT programme.


Emma Newcombe

Emma Newcombe is a marine ecologist with the Cawthron Institute. She is committed to developing the relationship between tāngata whenua and western scientists. She has extensive field experience in research and monitoring, including in coastal ecology, marine mammal distribution, invasive species eradication, aquaculture impacts, and biosecurity. Emma coordinated the ecological component of the Horowhenua shellfish survey in the MTM programme and is looking into options for restoration of taonga species along the coastline between Hokio and Waitohu stream.



Ben Knight

Ben is a marine biophysical scientist with over 10 years research and consulting experience in coastal systems in New Zealand and Europe. His primary area of expertise is the development and application of modelling and remote sensing tools to assist in finding sustainable resource use solutions for coastal marine systems. Ben is a co-chair of the Climate-Fisheries Task Group of the international Indi Seas Scientific Programme (

For OTOT, Ben will be refining and applying a hydro-dynamic model of Tauranga Harbour to estimate the distribution of sediment and nutrients, so that we can then consider the impacts on harbour ecology.



Garry McDonald, PhD

Garry is a founding Director of M.E and has over 20 years’ experience in environmental, social and economic analysis and policy support. His research interests have focused on the integration of the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainability, with strong experience in the context of urban systems and water quality/allocation problems. His work has drawn particularly on applied experience in the development of Spatial Decision Support Systems, Ecological Economics, Input-Output Analysis and Systems Dynamics modelling. In addition to providing modelling expertise, Garry’s contribution to the OTOT programme is through leadership of the team members at M.E.


Robert Cardwell, M.Eng.

Robert is a senior researcher at M.E Research. He is keenly interested in the relationships between technology, sustainability, business models, and human well-being. Robert has developed various optimisation models, and has programmed automated spatial analysis and economic analysis tools. Within MTM he developed an environmental-economic land use map for the Tauranga Catchment. Within this project Robert contributes his knowledge of spatial and land use analysis and mathematical economic modelling to M.E Research’s analytical capabilities.


Emily Harvey, PhD

Emily is a senior research consultant at M.E Research with a PhD in Applied Mathematics. She brings with her 8 years of research experience in mathematical model development, software implementation, and quantitative analysis at the University of Auckland, Montana State University (USA), and Massey University Auckland. Within this project she coordinates the development of the Integrated Spatial Planning tool, which incorporates economic, land use, water flow, and ecological models.



John Kim, M.Com.

John is an economic consultant at M.E Research. He is an expert in quantitative analysis and has experience in a wide range of areas including statistical analysis, economic modelling, spatial modelling, optimisation, and economic impact analysis. John is affiliated to the University of Auckland’s Economics Department, where he is currently researching the impacts of government interventions in the New Zealand economy and his particular research interests are focused on the multi-sector models. Within this project John will be using his skills to develop a linked economic land use change model for the Tauranga region.


Nicky Smith, PhD

Nicky is a Senior Research Consultant at M.E with a PhD in Ecological Economics. She has some 10 years’ experience in economic and environment-economic consulting and applied research. Her particular research interests are focused on the interrelationships between ecological and economic systems, and she has worked on the development of modelling frameworks and tools that help us to capture and understand these interactions. In this project Nicky will be contributing to the development of the Integrated Spatial Planning Tool, focusing particularly on the economic components.



Dr Huhana Smith

Since 1996, Huhana has also supported research towards the implementation of the: Öhau River ‘loop’ revitalisation programme for Tahamata Incorporation (1997-); Te Häkari Dune Wetland (2000-) and Tikorangi Nursery (2005-) projects. These projects encourage the active protection of cultural landscape, sustainability and enhancement of the dynamic coastal area, its waterways and remaining indigenous biodiversity. Since 2006, Huhana and her partner Richard Anderson (Nga Whenua Rahui) have also developed the Waikokopu stream rehabilitation project. Huhana is part of the Environmental Legal Aid panel for the Ministry for the Environment, which assists Mäori and non-Mäori organisations with funding for Environment Court cases.
Huhana was previously Senior Curator Mäori at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.


Aroha Spinks


Taiao Raukawa Environmental Research Unit

Aroha is currently part of the Horowhenua research team and is currently working on her PhD in Resource and Environmental Planning at Massey University. Her research supports nga hapu leading the restoration project for Lake Waiorongomai.

Aroha has gained the following qualifications – BAppSc (Fisheries) with Distinction and First Class Honours, Diploma in Te Arataki Manu Korero

Certificate in Iwi Environmental Management/Tiakina Te Ao


Moira Poutama

Moira is a active member on Te Iwi o Ngati Tukorehe Trusts environmental committee an as a researcher for Manaaki Taha Moana enhancing Coastal Ecosystems for Iwi a collaborative ecosystems services project with Massey University, NZ Centre for Environmental Economics and Taiao Raukawa (Environmental Research Unit for Ngati Raukawa ki te Tonga) She has worked with key kaitiaki on the ahi kā roa mapping strategy for cultural landscape in the coastal Kūkū region. Since 1996 Moira has supported the implementation of the Ōhau River ‘loop’ revitalization programme for Tahamatā Incorporation (1997)


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Caine Taiapa

Ngati Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi, Te Arawa

Caine is the Project Manager and Research Leader for Te Manaaki Te Awanui. His primary role is to facilitate and coordinate MTA Tauranga Case Study research projects. He works very closely with the MTM partners to ensure research not only aligns with the objectives of the project, but also meet the needs of the hapu and Iwi of Te Awanui.

Caine specialises in Marine Ecology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and data analysis. His research interests include; taonga species as environmental indicators, and aquaculture research



Sarah Wairepo

Ngati Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Porou

Sarah is the Te Manaaki Awanui administrator and secretary. Sarah has been part of the project since its conception and she provideds valuable support with projects invovling systems dynamics and mediated modelling.  Her research interests include mathematical/ environmental modelling


Alexandria Bedford-Rolleston

Ngati Ranginui, Ngai te Rangi

Alex is a research assistant for Manaaki Te Awanui. She completed her Bachelor of Science through The University of Waikato at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic , where she had previously gained her Diploma in Environmental Management. Alex is engaged with a beautiful daughter  and she enjoys  gardening and reading. She is  interested in estuarine, wetland and riparian restoration and would one day like to specialise in this area



Paranihi Lovett

Ngati Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Pukenga, Ngati Maniapoto

Paranihi is a research technician at Manaaki Te Awanui. In 2014 he completed a (BSc) majoring in Biological Science through the University of Waikato at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, where he had previously gained a Diploma in Marine studies. Prior to completing his diploma and degree, he also graduated as a REPs accredited fitness trainer in 2011. In his spare time he enjoys being active outdoors, throwing a rugby ball around and relaxing with whanau.


Vanessa Taikato

Ngai te Rangi, Ngati Pukenga, Te Arawa

Vanessa completed her undergraduate study at Victoria University of Wellington, majoring in Marine Biology and is now doing her masters through Waikato University. She is currently working on the Te Maunga Waste Water Project, with her thesis being centred on the effects of treated wastewater to the harbour. She has a keen interest in the ecology and biology of marine invertebrates, especially in the intertidal region and hopes that with her work she may contribute to the protection and conservation of the marine environment.


Waiaria Rameka

Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Tainui

Waiaria is a research assistant for Te Manaaki Te Awanui. Her strengths are in project planning and research support. She has a background in Social Science (BSocSci) and Biological Science (BSc) through Waikato University and interest include the meaningful application of cross cultural scientific research and aquaculture research. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her 5 children, whanau and friends.


Manaaki Te Awanui Charitable Trust Board

The Manaaki Te Awanui Charitable Trust Board is the governing entity for the research group. The board is made up of iwi representatives from Tauranga Moana.

Kevin Haua : Ngati Pukenga

Carlton Bidois: Ngati Ranginui, Ngai te Rangi (Chairman)

Paul Borell: Ngati Ranginui

Archie Grant: Waitaha

Whitiora McLeod: Nga Potiki



Aaron McCallion

Director MBA Sejong University/Syracuse University, 2002
BBS, Massey University, 1996


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Mark Berry

I have worked in various development, AP and BA roles since 1985 in a variety of industries that include Aerospace, Telecom, and Fashion.
My pastimes are Fishing, Wine Tasting and Photography

• Gained a BSc with Comp Sci major (1985)
• Maintained Toll Billing for Telecom NZ (86-89)
• Developed Materials Management for British Aerospace UK (89-90)
• Developed International Export Invoicing System for Frank Usher (Fashion)
• Managed the IT dept for Frank Usher UK(92-95)
• Supported and Developed LabPro – Quality management system(96-05)


Kelly Solomon

Kelly is a Director at Waka Digital