IT’S EASY TO GET CAUGHT UP IN THE DETAILS, BUT PETE HAS A WAY OF EXPLAINING THEM THAT MAKES SENSE AND IS TO THE POINT
Pete joined 4Sight in February 2019 as a Senior Coastal Scientist with ten years’ experience in marine science and research. His qualifications include a Master of Science Degree (with honours) in Chemistry from the University of Waikato and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Marine Biogeochemistry from Auckland University of Technology.
He has developed his expertise in assessing coastal sediment and water quality working on a range of small- and large-scale projects, including developing a rapid method for assessing the environmental impact of marine farms; carrying out investigations to identify sources of faecal contamination using microbial source tracking; and developing, implementing and reporting on regional state of the environment coastal water and sediment quality programmes.
Pete has provided technical advice to a broad range of audiences, including Councillors, policy writers, district councils, district health boards, and community boards. His previous work experience has made him familiar with assessing work in the context of national guidance, such as the RMA, NZ Coastal Policy Statement and the recreational water quality guidelines, as well as regional plans. One of his strengths is communicating technical information to non-technical audiences.
The coast and its waters have always been a special place for Pete. He spent most of his childhood holidays on the Coromandel swimming and fishing. Pete is a PADI rescue diver and enjoys spending as much time under the water as he can, which is never as much as he’d like! Pete has also been a Trustee for the anti-human-trafficking charity, Préscha for over 10 years and helped developed an NCEA accredited high school education resource that is taught at over 40 schools across the country.