New Zealand Chapter

New Zealand Chapter

Meet our committee

  • Kevin Tearney MEIANZ

    Kevin Tearney MEIANZ

    Kevin Tearney MEIANZ President
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    Kevin is an experienced environmental professional who has provided advice in respect of groundwater resource development and contaminated land management for over 30 years, mainly within New Zealand, Australia and the UK.

    Kevin has also contributed as author and working group member to national guidance documents for contaminated land management in New Zealand, working with Ministry for the Environment.

    In 2003, Kevin joined the fledgling Wellington branch of the New Zealand Chapter of EIANZ and participated in the initial success of the organisation in Wellington. As a strong advocate for professionalism in environmental practice, in particular to encourage ethical behavior and continuing education, Kevin was a member of the Wasteminz working group established to develop a certification scheme for contaminated land practitioners in New Zealand (Suitability Qualified and Experienced Practitioner (SQEP) under the NES), now part of the CEnvP Contaminated Land Specialist certification. He also participated as the contaminated land specialist on CEnvP panels following launch of the scheme in New Zealand.

    Kevin has a background in Earth Sciences (geology and geophysics) and holds and MSc in Geology from the University of Auckland. He is a member of the New Zealand Geoscience Society and the Australian Land and Groundwater Association.

    Kevin is currently Principal - Environment, Planning and Spatial at Jacob’s in Wellington.

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  • Mark Bellingham MEIANZ CEnvP

    Mark Bellingham MEIANZ CEnvP

    Mark Bellingham MEIANZ CEnvP Vice President

    Mark’s works for Terra Nova Planning in Orewa as their Principal Ecologist and Planner. He has taken a rather different route to environmental consulting, including conservation planning in private practice and NGOs, lecturing at Auckland and Massey University’ Planning schools and a long stint as Forest and Bird’s Senior Planner and Conservation Manager. He has extensive experience in Rural Planning, Conservation and Threatened Species Planning, and as an expert witness at the Environment Court.

    Mark has a strong interest in sustainable land use and getting the best environmental solutions for clients. With changing plans in Auckland and across New Zealand, clients and Councils are expecting more sustainable development to take them into the future. In his spare time Mark is a keen cyclist and small farmer. He also manages a recovery project on the Kaipara Harbour for the endangered NZ Fairy Tern.

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  • Alison Davis MEIANZ CEnvP

    Alison Davis MEIANZ CEnvP

    Alison Davis MEIANZ CEnvP Treasurer

    I am currently working for the NZ Defence Force as an environmental advisor based in Wellington.  The focus of my role at present is to prepare environmental plans to manage and safeguard natural resources on the NZDF estate. Past work has been for local and central government, as well as working as an environmental consultant with a focus on biodiversity protection and restoration.

    Ecology has been my passion for over 30 years, and I have been able to build up extensive experience in this field. More recently I have begun to develop my knowledge in rural land management with a focus on sustainable land and water management.

    When I have time I enjoy getting into the outdoors to experience the wonderful backcountry and alpine areas we have access to in NZ, and volunteer my time to encourage others to do likewise.

    I joined EIANZ over a year ago, and soon after sought and gained certification as an environmental practitioner with an ecology endorsement. I am very keen to promote the EIANZ in New Zealand, and to encourage environmental professionals to seek practitioner certification. I see this as improving government, industry and community confidence in the work of environmental professionals, and to uphold standards and ethics within the profession.

    I am looking forward to assisting the NZ chapter of the EIANZ by taking up the role of secretary.

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  • Kirsty Austin MEIANZ

    Kirsty Austin MEIANZ

    Kirsty Austin MEIANZ Secretary

    Kirsty is an independent environmental planner, who has consulted to the public and private sector for 20 years.  She specialises in social impact assessment, community engagement, and environmental policy and research.  Her focus is on delivering projects that equip decision-makers with robust information on the effects of new policy and developments, and particularly the implications of these on people and communities. 

    Kirsty is an active member of EIANZ.  She joined in 2008, became the Wellington branch co-ordinator in 2015, and is now looking forward to contributing to the New Zealand Chapter’s Committee.  She brings a passion for instigating professional development events that provide value to the Institute’s members.

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  • Shannen Barns

    Shannen Barns Students and Early Careers Portfolio
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  • Sarah Smith, MEIANZ

    Sarah Smith, MEIANZ Committee Member & Editor of Stepping Up
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  • Keith Calder MEIANZ

    Keith Calder MEIANZ

    Keith Calder MEIANZ Committee Member

    Keith has been a full member of EIANZ since 2010. He has worked for Porirua City Council since 2008 coordinating development of a community and multi-agency restoration plan for the Porirua Harbour, and is now responsible for coordinating the implementation of that Strategy. Previously he was the Operations Manager for the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary (now called Zealandia) for 5 years, and otherwise worked for the, then Ministry of Works and Development as a policy analyst and planner in water and soil conservation, and for DOC and as landowner liaison officer for animal pest control. Mid-career Keith also spent 12 years as a pastor.

    Keith’s formal qualifications include M.Res & Env Planning (Hon), B.Theol, B.Sc (Geol) and NZCS (Geol). He is a member of NZ Coastal Society, an Intermediate member of NZPI and gained CEnvP certification earlier this year. He is also a previous winner of the ‘Environmental’ category for ‘Wellingtonian of the Year’ (2012).

    He is an active member of the Wellington Branch of EIANZ.

    In his ‘spare’ time Keith enjoys DIY, tramping wild NZ and photography, for which he has recently bought his own (modest) drone!

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  • Ian Boothroyd MEIANZ

    Ian Boothroyd MEIANZ Committee Member
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  • Isobel Oldfield MEIANZ

    Isobel Oldfield MEIANZ

    Isobel Oldfield MEIANZ EIANZ Board Vice President

    Isobel previously worked as an environmental consultant and now works as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Ministry for Primary Industries Water Team. Isobel has experience in water quality, contaminated land, assessment of environmental effects and water policy. She recently submitted her thesis, written as partial fulfilment for a  Masters in International Nature Conservation, studying the genetics of the New Zealand Greater Short-Tailed Bat. Isobel has been a member of EIANZ since 2012, she previously held the position of Student and Early Careers Representative for New Zealand and is now the Vice-President (New Zealand) on the EIANZ board. 

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  • Alisa Robertson

    Alisa Robertson Wellington Branch Coordinator
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  • Amanda O’Brien

    Amanda O’Brien Wellington Branch Coordinator
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  • Jo Taylor

    Jo Taylor Auckland Branch Coordinator
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  • Fleur Tiernan

    Fleur Tiernan Top of the South Branch Coordinator
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  • Mark Davies MEIANZ CEnvP

    Mark Davies MEIANZ CEnvP Top of the South Branch Coordinator
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  • Colleen Sheldon

    Colleen Sheldon Manawatū Branch Coordinator
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  • Hamish Lowe

    Hamish Lowe Manawatū Branch Coordinators
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  • Annabelle Coates MEIANZ

    Annabelle Coates MEIANZ Christchurch Branch Coordinator
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New Zealand Chapter

The New Zealand Chapter runs a wide variety of events and supports young professionals in their career development. The New Zealand Chapter has branches in the major centres of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, a branch that covers the Manawatū area, and a further branch covering the Marlborough and Tasman area known as Top of the South. Events are organised at the Branch-level. 

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  • President
    Kevin Tearney

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