Management Committee


Amy Robinson (Co-Chair)

Email: amy.robinson [at]   

Regional Consents Manager (Acting)
Waikato Regional Council

Bio: Amy is presently on secondment to the Waikato Regional Council, heading up the consenting team.  Her substantive role is RMA Manager at the Department of Conservation, where 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 and she has been on the Management Committee for eight years.


Mark Ivamy (Co-Chair)

Email: mark.ivamy [at]    

Natural Hazard Advisor
Bay of Plenty Regional Council

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.


Colin Whittaker (Deputy Chair and University and Education Coordinator)

Email: c.whittaker [at]

The University of Auckland

Bio: Colin Whittaker is a lecturer in Civil Engineering Hydraulics at the University of Auckland. His teaching spans the civil engineering curriculum, from basic fluid mechanics and hydraulics through to coastal and water resources engineering. His research and professional work is primarily experimental, and includes the generation, propagation and impacts of tsunamis and extreme (rogue) waves, and the mitigation of coastal and fluvial flood events. He has also undertaken recent research in particle transport beneath wave groups, with applications to the transport of microplastics in the ocean.


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.


Paul Klinac 

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.


Jose Borrero (Website & Social Media Coordinator and Awards & Scholarship 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.


Don Neale (Coastal News & Special Publications Coordinator)

Email: dneale [at]

Dept of Conservation
Technical Adviser (Marine Ecosystems)


Ana Serrano (National Regional Coordinator/Coastal News Coordinator)

Email: ana.serrano [at]   

Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Environmental Engineer

Bio: Ana is a Civil Engineer with a Masters on Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management. She has also been formed by UNESCO-IHE in Integrated Coastal Zone Management.

Ana has international experience working for a research company developing state-of-the-art modelling software, and she has been involved in multidisciplinary projects focused in working with nature solutions to mitigate flood risk in The Netherlands and Spain.

Since moving to New Zealand, Ana has been involved in a great variety of coastal projects: she has been directly involved with national infrastructure companies to protect and/or repair their assets, analysed the risks to natural hazards to feed into the masterplan of some major oil and gas companies, and she has successfully completed coastal processes assessments for various resource consent applications. More recently, she has been more involved in developing execution plans for shoreline management strategies with a focus on community engagement. 


Sam Morgan (Professional Development Coordinator)

Email: samm [at] 

4Sight Consulting

Senior Coastal Consultant

Bio: Sam is a Coastal Scientist with an interest in how coastal processes contribute to beach and estuarine morphology. His academic background has mostly focused in estuarine geomorphology and processes which he has subsequently applied to beach processes and morphology. Currently he is a Senior Coastal Consultant at 4Sight Consulting and draws upon his experience in  roles as an academic, coastal asset manager, regulator, internal council advisor and as a consultant to provide guidance and direction on coastal projects and best practice approaches.


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 (National Regional Coordinator and Membership Portfolio)

Email: rhaughey [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. Prior to joining the management committee in 2019 Rebekah provided the NZCS administrative support for 5 years.


Connon Andrews (Professional Development Coordinator)


International Manager and Specialist in Coastal Processes, Climate Change and Natural Hazard Resilience


Alison Clarke (Administrator & Communications)

Email: nzcoastalsociety [at]  

Renee Coutts (Administrator & Communications) 

Email: nzcoastalsociety [at]