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 the project leader for the OTOT programme, as for the predecessor MTM programme. A social scientist, she works primarily with Professor Patterson on the ecological economics aspects of the OTOT programme, which takes a systems view to incorporate the social, cultural, ecological and economic dimensions of the issues being researched.

She also works on Vision Matauranga projects in the Deep South National Science Challenge, and is completing CFRT-funded work on Inland Waterways, with Te Rangitāwhia Whakatupu Mātauranga in the Horowhenua.

Based in the School of People Environment and Planning at Massey University in Palmerston North, 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.


Caine Taiapa

Ngati Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi, Te Arawa
Project Manager and Research Leader

Vanessa Taikato

Ngai te Rangi, Ngati Pukenga
Estuarine Ecologist

Anthony Cole

Ngati Raukawa
Senior Research Advisor

Waiaria Rameka

Ngati Tuwharetoa, Tainui
Senior Researcher

Paranihi Lovett

Ngai Te Rangi
Field Technician

Regan Fairlie

Ngati Porou
Research Support

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.

Carlton Bidois

Ngati Ranginui, Ngai te Rangi (Chairman)

Reon Tuanau

Ngai Te Rangi (Trustee)

Archie Grant

Waitaha (Trustee)

Whitiora McLeod

Nga Potiki (Trustee)



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).



Aaron McCallion

Aaron McCallion. Aaron has over 10 years+ of research and practical experience in ICT & Maori economic development. Aaron has also been a business mentor for the last 10 years. He has an excellent mix of iwi/hapū connections and proven research and commercialisation capability.


Kelly Solomon

Kelly also has over 10 years+ of research and practical experience in. He has an excellent mix of iwi/hapū connections and proven research and commercialisation capability

mark berry

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)