Management Committee

Paul Klinac (Chair)

Email: paul.klinac [at]

Coastal and Geotechnical Management
Auckland Council
Manager Coastal and Geotechnical Services

Bio: Paul’s technical background is in coastal geomorphology and he holds a Master of Science degree (MSc) from the University of Waikato, which also encompassed resource and environmental planning. His current role as a coastal practitioner is multifaceted, drawing on sixteen years of applied experience working with complex coastal management issues. His current role includes region wide assessments and interpretation of coastal processes and hazards, including provision of technical solutions and design support to various Auckland Council asset owners responsible for capital, new and renewal works.

Paul’s role requires an understanding of regulatory and non-regulatory measures to achieve Council obligations in respect of sustainable coastal management, and this extends to his applied knowledge and understanding of the legislation and statutory requirements that relate to the management of the coastal environment within New Zealand.

Paul chairs and leads the Cross-Council Coastal Community of Practice, is an honorary fellow of the University of Auckland and the Deputy Chair of the NZ Coastal Society.

Tom Shand (Outgoing Chair)

Email: tshand [at]       

Coastal Engineer
Tonkin + Taylor Ltd.
Technical Director

Bio: Tom is a technical director of coastal engineer at Tonkin + Taylor and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland. He leads a team at T+T working on coastal process and hazard assessment, numerical and physical modelling of coastal, offshore and estuarine processes; and the design of coastal structures and beach nourishment schemes. He has publishing widely on surf zone processes, remote sensing techniques, advanced statistical analysis of environmental data and coastal hazard techniques. 

Tom is currently involved in a range of consulting and research projects in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific; particularly on the adaptation of vulnerable Pacific states to the challenges of coastal hazards and climate change. Tom has recently co-authored the NZ Ministry for the Environment Coastal Hazards and Climate Change Guidance and is lead author on the PRIF Guidance for Coastal Protection Works in Pacific Island Countries.

 Mark Ivamy (Deputy Chair)

Email: mark.ivamy [at]    

Natural Hazard Advisor
Bay of Plenty Regional Council
Natural Hazards Advisor

Bio: I work at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council as a Natural Hazards Advisor. This role involves increasing our knowledge of natural hazards in the Bay to determine the risk to our community. This knowledge can then be used to increase community resilience through risk reduction planning. I specialise in coastal hazards including coastal processes, hazard and engineering. I also enjoy using online GIS systems to explore and share natural hazard information.

Eric Verstappen (Treasurer)

Email: eric.verstappen [at]  

Resource Scientist - Rivers and Coast
Tasman District Council

 Michael Allis (Treasurer)

Email: michael.allis [at] 

Coastal Physical Processes Scientist
Coastal Engineer

Bio: Michael is a coastal engineer at NIWA with a keen interest in coastal and oceanographic physical processes. His engineering interests include applied coastal geomorphology, coastal engineering and shoreline management, coastal hazard risk assessments, coastal adaptation to climate change, and human activity impacts in the coastal zone. Complementing his engineering work, Michael has research interests in deep-water wave breaking (breaking onset and energy dissipation), swash zone sediment transport and multiphase flow processes (aerated flow) and coastal adaptation to climate change.

 Amy Robinson (Central Government Representative)

Email: arobinson [at]   

Planning & Land Manager
Department of Conservation

Bio: Amy is the Planning & Land Manager at the Department of Conservation. Her team advocates for the protection of indigenous biodiversity in RMA processes as well as ensuring the NZCPS is appropriately implemented. Amy has a Masters degree in physical coastal science from University of Waikato and has previously worked at Waikato Regional Council for 12 years in coastal resource management, including managing the coastal consenting team. Amy’s primary area of interest is in coastal hazard management and preservation of natural character in the coastal environment. She joined NZCS as a student member in 2001.


 Jose Borrero (Website & Social Media Coordinator)

Email: jose [at]  

eCoast Marine Consulting and Research
Coastal Scientist and Engineer

Bio: Jose’s background is in civil and environmental engineering with an emphasis on water resources and specialising in numerical modelling. He is particularly interested in tsunami hydrodynamics and the coastal effects of tsunamis. Jose’s other research interests include coastal processes, sediment transport, wave breaking, and the design of erosion control and beach protection structures and schemes. He has also been involved in large-scale laboratory physical modelling projects related to tsunamis, coastal hydrodynamics and erosion.


Natasha Carpenter (National Coordinator)

Email: Natasha.Carpenter [at]   


Don Neale (Coastal News & Special Publications Coordinator)

Email: dneale [at] 


Hugh Leersnyder (Young Professionals Coordinator)

Email: hugh.leersnyder [at]  


Murray Ford (University & Education Coordinator)

Email: [at]


 Sam Morgan (Professional Development Coordinator)

Email: samm [at] 


 Craig Davis (Awards & Scholarship Coordinator)

Email: craig [at]   


 Charles Hendtlass (Coastal News Editor)

Email: cellwairmonk [at]   

Charles has been a copy editor and technical writer for nearly 36 years, only interrupted by short stints as a high school teacher and as a research fellow at Canterbury University. After gaining undergraduate degrees in Physics and English, Charles completed a Masters in Resource Management that led (accidentally) to a career in writing and editing. After two years as a journal copy editor for Elsevier in Oxford, he later joined the Centre for Advanced Engineering at the University of Canterbury where he ran the Centre’s publishing programme for 16 years. His involvement in editing and publishing has continued on a freelance basis since 2008. Charles’ involvement in NZCS goes back nearly 25 years, when he first started desktop publishing Coastal News.

Rebekah Haughey (Administrator & Communications)

Email: nzcoastalsociety [at]  

Coastal Scientist
Tonkin + Taylor Ltd

Rebekah is a coastal scientist based in the Tauranga Tonkin + Taylor office. Her interests and area of work is coastal processes and coastal hazard assessments. Rebekah completed her Masters degree at the University of Waikato which focussed on physical oceanography and modelling. She has been involved with NZCS admin support for the past 4 years.

 Alison Clarke (Administrator & Communications)

Email: nzcoastalsociety [at]  

Senior Environmental Scientist
Pattle Delamore Partners

Bio: Alison is a Senior Environmental Scientist at Pattle Delamore Partners based in their Tauranga office. She is also an administrator for the New Zealand Coastal Society.  Alison’s technical background is in coastal science and she holds a Master of Science degree (MSc) from the University of Waikato. She has 9 years professional experience working in both the public and private sectors of the UK and NZ. Her current role involves providing input and solutions to a wide range of environmental projects, primarily in the areas of surface water, coastal, water quality, and environmental management.

 Renee Coutts (Administrator & Communications) 

Email: nzcoastalsociety [at]