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Project structure and key people

Organisation and Structure:

Key People:

Project manager

Brendon Brendon Love has 24 years’ experience in contaminated site investigations and  remediation and has worked as project manager on other MfE funded contaminated  site remediation works. He comes to the project from Golder Associates (NZ) Limited  where he previously held the roles of principal contaminated site consultant and  national team leader of Golder’s site investigation, remediation and auditing group.

 The project manager is responsible for ensuring consent conditions are met, managing  project plans and budgets, stakeholder relationships and reporting, including regular  reports to the Community Liaison Group.

 Brendon can be contacted on 0800 884 881 x 9431 or 029 633 9577 or



Independent monitor

Andrew Kohlrusch Andrew Kohlrusch is an accredited site auditor in a number of jurisdictions in  Australia who has been involved in many reviews of investigations,  assessments, monitoring and remediation works. He has extensive knowledge  and skills relating to contaminated land and groundwater assessments, and  remediation, geology and soil science.

 Andrew has more than 20 years’ experience in assessing and remediating  contaminated sites. He was appointed an EPA-accredited site auditor in NSW  and Western Australia in 2004 and 2010 respectively. He has helped many  clients develop remedial strategies and has prepared dozens of action plans that  have incorporated risk assessment and in situ and ex situ treatments.

The Independent monitor’s role is to provide a review of the project’s implementation that is independent of BOPRC’s function as consent authority and consent holder. Andrew will give independent advice to the project, assure the community that public health is protected and that work is carried out according to mitigation measures outlined in the Remedial Action plan, and ensure early identification of any additional risks and issues that may arise during works.

Andrew will make monthly reports to the Community Liaison Group (CLG) that include progress updates, monitoring results and any issues encountered during the project. He will also report regularly to the consent holder and the consent authority on the findings of all monitoring activities carried out.

Andrew was selected as the preferred candidate from a large number of submissions received following evaluation by a five-strong selection panel. The panel comprised representatives from the community, Toi Te Ora – Public Health Service, the consent authority, the Ministry for the Environment and the consent holder.

You can contact Andrew directly: 

More about the roles of the Independent and Cultural Monitors 

Full terms of reference for the Independent Monitor

Field observer

Matt James

 Matt James is the Kopeopeo Canal Remediation project's geo-environmental  scientist. He has experience in agricultural contamination, near-surface  geophysics, shallow groundwater monitoring, environmental due diligence,  contaminated land and groundwater remediation and environmental detailed and  preliminary site investigations.

 His background in monitoring, reporting and field experience will be vital for this  project. He will support Andrew in reporting to the CLG.

 Matt is also well versed in national environmental standards for assessing and  managing contaminated sites in New Zealand.

 The objectives of the Field Observer role are the same as that of the Independent Monitor.

 You can contact Matt: or his mobile 027 539 0790.  

More about the roles of the Independent and Cultural Monitor 


Cultural monitor

Cultural monitor Eula Toko

 Eula Toko has been involved with the bioremediation project trials team for seven  years, initially through Sawmill Workers Against Poisons (SWAP). 

 She became involved when the project group held its first hui in 2009 at Wairaka  Marae. She then became a monitoring technician, along with scientists from Utah  and Waikato and Massey Universities, on the Te Ohu Mo Papatuanuku Kopeopeo  Bioremediation Trials project team.

 She was honoured to play a big part in monitoring cells and researching how best  to counteract contaminated soils.

 Eula is a kaiako at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi. She grew up in Wairaka and has spent her entire life living around the marae.

Full terms of reference for the Cultural Monitor 


Engineer to contract

Ted Ted Willson has had considerable experience with engineering design, and project  management on industrial sites and in local body works throughout the Waikato  area and New Zealand. He has managed large multi-discipline projects from  feasibility studies through design and construction to operation.

 Ted is a Chartered Professional Engineer in New Zealand and is on the  international professional engineer register.

 The Engineer to the Contract role is primarily one of oversight and assisting with  compliance and ability to deliver the consent conditions. The onsite monitoring of  the engineering aspects of the project works will be undertaken by a BOPRC Engineer’s Representative and site assistant. The relationship between the Engineer to the Contract and the Engineer’s Representative will be clearly defined should an external party be appointed to the role of Engineer to the Contract.


  • Assist in the preparation of Expression of Interest and tender documentation.
  • Assist with the tender process including tender documentation, tendering, tender analysis, recommendation and award (in consultation with the project manager and approved by the PSG).
  • Act as Engineer to the Contract (provide technical advice to the Principal and administer the contracts fairly).
  • Report on progress, issues/risks and results of inspections, monitoring and validation.
  • Review all tender documents.

Community Liaison Group 

The Community Liaison Group (CLG) has been established to help the project team achieve the objectives and goals of the Kopeopeo Canal Remediation Project. 

Project Steering Group 

The Project Steering Group (PSG) is an advisory group that represents key stakeholders for the project. 

Project Advisory Group 

The Kopeopeo Canal Advisory Group membership is drawn from executive management, within the Ministry for the Environment (MfE), the Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) and Whakatāne District Council (WDC). Current membership is Shaun Lewis, Chris Ingle and Tom Krawczyk respectively.

The purpose of the advisory group is to provide overall guidance and direction to the project, including making recommendations to the Project Steering Group/Manager, to support decisions that will have a material impact on the project and managing high level project risks.

Read the full terms of reference of the Project Advisory Group (200.8KB, pdf).