Heide Friedrich, University of Auckland
Heide Friedrich leads the Water-worked Environments Research Group (water.auckland.ac.nz). She is also the Deputy Head Research in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She has over 15 years’ experience, both in industry and academia, having worked and lived in Germany, Taiwan, UK, Australia and NZ. Her main research focus is on studying the physical processes in natural aquatic environments, such as rivers, and how water interacts with and shapes its surroundings. She has been involved with the Rivers Group since 2014.
Kyle Christensen, Christensen Consulting Limited
Kyle is an Independent Consultant with over 15 years’ experience in River and Stormwater Engineering. He has a Bachelor of Natural Resources Engineering as well as a Masters of Engineering specialising in the interaction of river control works and morphological processes in river systems. Kyle is a Chartered Professional Engineer and a practice area assessor for Engineering New Zealand. Kyle is passionate about integrating geomorphology and engineering in the development of long term sustainable solutions for river management.
Jo Hoyle, NIWA
Jo has a PhD in river geomorphology and a natural resources engineering degree. Jo worked as a river engineer for MWH in the Tasman District prior to completing her PhD at Macquarie University in Australia. She has spent the past 10 years working for NIWA in Christchurch, where she manages the Sediment Processes group. Jo’s research focuses on how river geomorphology influences river ecosystems, and feedback relationships between flow, vegetation and geomorphology. Her current research is focused on braided river systems. Jo is also a keen whitewater kayaker and spends much of her spare time playing in rivers.
Graeme Campbell, Greater Wellington Regional Council
Graeme’s experience in the field of river and floodplain hydraulics has included extensive studies of computer modelling of flood extents, river characteristics, sedimentation, channel management, risk and damage assessment, planning and project management. He has personally undertaken design and investigation work on rivers and floodplains in Bay of Plenty, Poverty Bay, East Coast, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, Wellington and the Kapiti Coast. Since 2006 Graeme has been the Manager of the Flood Protection Department, Greater Wellington Regional Council (including both the Wairarapa and Wellington Flood Protection staff).
Laddie Kuta, e2Environmental Ltd
Laddie is a partner in a civil engineering consultancy based in Christchurch. As a chartered engineer with interest in a stochastic approach to hydraulic problem solving, he has worked both in-house and as a consultant for numerous regional, unitary, and district authorities around the country to help overcome challenges we face in the sustainable management of our rivers. He’s been involved in floodway and flood hazard mapping in North America, wastewater design in the Arctic, closed-channel optimization on Canada’s east coast, and hydraulic project management throughout the Middle East. Laddie has been with the RG committee for a number of years now and currently serves as our treasurer.
Selene Conn, Tonkin & Taylor, Tauranga
Selene is a fluvial geomorphologist at Tonkin & Taylor based in the Tauranga office. With over eight years’ experience, Selene specialises in geomorphic condition assessments of waterways, evolutionary trajectory assessments of river systems, compliance monitoring and development of prioritisation frameworks for river restoration in both New Zealand and Australia. Selene’s focus has been on combining catchment and/or reach scale geomorphic processes with vegetation dynamics, especially in modified landscapes. Selene has been a member of the Rivers Group since its inception, and recently joined the committee with a focus on developing and delivering regional events.
Verity Kirstein, Environment Canterbury
Verity is a geographer and civil engineer currently working at Canterbury Regional Council based in Christchurch as a Senior River Engineer. Verity’s 15 years of experience is in flood and coastal risk management, river engineering and asset management, in England and New Zealand with local authorities and a government body. Her current focus involves overseeing gravel extraction across the Canterbury region as a method of managing flood and erosion hazards.
Verity has more recently started to experience the recreational values rivers have to offer by completing a beginner’s white-water kayaking course. Verity has been a member of the Rivers Group since 2016 and has recently joined the committee.
Jon Bell, Horizons Regional Council
Jon leads the Investigations and Design team at Horizons Regional Council. He holds a Masters of Civil Engineering and has an interest in Environmental and Open Channel Hydraulics. Jon has over 10 years of professional experience in river engineering; with a focus on hydraulic modelling and the design of flood protection and erosion control works. He is passionate about working with rivers to deliver sustainable solutions to meet the needs of society.
Philip Wallace, DHI Water and Environment Ltd.
Philip Wallace is a Principal Engineer with DHI Water and Environment Ltd., specialising in flood hazard modelling and investigations. He has over 30 years of experience in river engineering , river modelling and in floodplain management policy. Previously he has worked for the Wellington Regional Council, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, the Wellington City Council and a range of consultancies. During his career, he has developed models for many river systems throughout New Zealand. He holds a BE (Hons) degree in civil engineering from the University of Auckland and an MSc (Hons) degree in resource management from the University of Canterbury.
As well as having a professional fascination with rivers, he values the role that river environments have as places of beauty and recreation.
Amanda Death, Greater Wellington Regional Council
Having grown up around a freshwater ecologist, Amanda has freshwater running through her veins. From a young age she would assist with teaching students about the various aspects of river management, which has now developed into a full time role for her as an environmental planner for the flood protection department at Greater Wellington Regional Council. She has also picked up geological, geomorphological and emergency management skills and knowledge through studying at university and working for an emergency management group. Amanda’s current role involves plenty of engagement with members of the community on various issues, opportunities and document consultation in relation to local river corridors, as well as providing assistance in the development of different plans such as local planting plans or large floodplain management plans.
Edwin Baynes, University of Auckland
Edwin is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Auckland, having recently moved to New Zealand from Europe where he held academic research positions in both the UK and France. His current research interests include understanding how rivers respond in the aftermath of extreme events (e.g., storms/earthquakes) and how interactions between flow hydraulics and sediment transport processes come together to control the morphology of rivers. He can be found either in the field or in the laboratory, where he uses flume experiments to investigate the physical processes occurring in natural settings in a controlled environment.