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Project structure and key people

Organisation and Structure:

Key People:

Project Manager

BrendonBrendon Love has almost 30 years' experience in contaminated site investigations and remediation and has worked as project manager on other MfE-funded contaminated site remediation works. 

 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 KohlruschAndrew 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.

You can contact Andrew directly by email at 

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. Matt makes 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.

 You can contact Matt by email at or by mobile on 027 539 0790.  

More about the role of the Independent Monitor including Terms of Reference can be found here.

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). Eula was appointed to the role of Cultural Monitor by Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa at the invitation of the Consent Holder.  

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 Mō Papatūānuku Kopeopeo Bioremediation Trials project team.

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

Eula is a kaiako at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and grew up in Wairaka, spending her entire life living around the marae.

More about the role of the Cultural Monitor including Terms of Reference can be found here

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).

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