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Michael Dunphy

Principal Sub Contractor

Michael Dunphy has 30 years experience in the resource management (erosion and sediment control, stormwater management, environmental management, resource consents & compliance, and senior management in local government), engineering geology, mineral exploration and mining industry fields.  

Mike’s specialist areas include:

  • Erosion and Sediment Management
  • Environmental Planning
  • Engineering Geology
  • Technical and Environmental Analysis of Development Projects
  • Policy Analysis and Implementation
  • Project Management
  • Statutory Approvals under the RMA
  • Process Investigation and Review
  • Mineral Exploration and Geological/Geotechnical Surveys
  • Auckland University: Master of Science (Hons), 1996
  • Otago University: Bachelor of Science 1990
  • Auckland Regional Council Registered in Erosion and Sediment Control (Plan Preparers and Plan Implementers)
  • Associate Member, New Zealand Planning Institute
  • Technical Member, NZ Geotechnical Society & International Assoc of Engineering Geologists
  • Member of International Erosion Control Association
  • Member of Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy
  • RidleyDunphy Environmental Ltd: Environmental & Planning Consultant (Oct 2007 to present)
  • Environmental Management Services Ltd: Environmental & Planning Consultant (Oct 2006 to Oct2007)
  • Auckland Regional Council, Auckland. Manager – Sediment Management (Aug 2006 to Oct 2006)
  • Auckland Regional Council, Auckland. Team Leader: Sediment Management(Dec 2005 to Aug 2006)
  • Auckland Regional Council, Auckland, Project Leader -Transit (Oct 2004 to Dec 2005)
  • Auckland Regional Council, Auckland, Soil & Water Specialist (Oct 2001 to Oct 2004)
  • Company Director for Property Development, Auckland &Wellington  (May 2000 to Oct 2001)
  • Ormiston Associates Ltd, Auckland, Engineering Geologist (Feb 1998 to May 2000)
  • Macraes Mining Ltd, Reefton, Senior Exploration Geologist (Oct 1995 to Feb 1998)
  • CRA Exploration Ltd, Australia, Project Exploration Geologist (March 1986 to Feb 1993)
  • Cyprus Minerals Ltd, Exploration Geologist (Dec 1984 to Nov 1985)

Technical – Environmental Planning

  • Providing compliance monitoring of earthworks and forestry sites in West & North Auckland for Auckland Council – 2008 to present
  • Providing planning/environmental advice and consent processing services to Auckland Council – 2006 to present.
  • Providing planning services to Platinum Homes – 2006 to present.
  • Providing planning services to Architectural Services Ltd – 2014 to present.
  • Development of Erosion & Sediment Control Plans for CPB-HEB JV (Transmission Gully) – 2014 to present
  • Peer review of NZTA Southern Corridor Erosion & Sediment Control Plan.
  • Peer review of NZTA Further North Erosion & Sediment Control Plan.
  • Assistance with development of EIA for Bluff Coal Project (Carabella Resources), Queensland Australia.
  • Structural modelling, piezo installation & geotechnical logging/surveys – Bluff Coal Deposit & Grosvenor West, Queensland Australia.
  • Review of Downer EDI Chemical Treatment – Rototuna Town Centre Project
  • Undertook modelling and development of Quarry Management Plan – Stoney Ridge Quarry.
  • Undertook Compliance Monitoring of Quarries in Auckland Region (2009 – 2011)
  • Peer review of Environmental Management Plan for Contact Energy of HMR Wind Farm.
  • Part of team developing the NZTA Standard for Erosion & Sediment Control.
  • Assistance with review of Erosion & Sediment Control Guidelines for Greater Wellington RC and Environment Bay of Plenty.
  • Preparation of environmental options analysis for a project management company associated with a proposed Tamaki River Rowing project and a proposed Hingaia Peninsula Sports Filed project – August 2008 to December 2008.
  • Provided specialist evidence on sediment yields as part of enforcement proceedings for Environment Waikato.
  • Expert witness for ARC in Environment Court prosecution of forestry operator – May 2008 & August 2015.
  • Expert witness for ARC for Waiheke Airpark Resort consent appeal – April 2009.
  • Developed water quality objectives for Transit New Zealand’s Annual Plan – 2008.
  • Judge for NZ Contractors Federation Shell Environmental Awards 2007.
  • Provided specialist advice and development of Construction Management Plan for Private Plan Change for Hawkes Bay Regional Sports Park – July 2007
  • Development of Environmental Management Plans and planning advice for Leighton Contractors on Transit SH20-1 Project – 2006 to 2007.
  • Review of consent requirements for proposed mineral exploration drilling program in Northland.
  • Providing specialist review to land development companies on erosion and sediment control, stormwater management and overall project management of environmental and regulatory aspects.
  • Processed and project managed a significant range of resource consents associated with development proposals for the ARC including the discharge of sediment and stormwater from development sites, Oct 2001 – Aug 2007.
  • Invited speaker for NZ Highway Institute Conference on Sediment Control Practices for Roading at Palmerston North, September 2005.
  • Attended and contributed at world conference in Dallas, Texas, and a study tour of the Eastern USA, gaining technical knowledge and specialist contacts in both stormwater and erosion/sediment control, Feb 2005.
  • Presentation and chairing of technical sessions at NZWWA conferences in May 2003 & May 2005.
  • Provided key technical input on Chapter 7, Beds of Lakes and Rivers, of the Proposed Auckland Regional Plan: Air, Land & Water, June 2004.
  • Co-ordination of strata title conversion of Motel complex to residential apartments, Wellington, May to Dec 2000.
  • Design of on-site wastewater treatment systems and geotechnical site surveys for individual house lots and residential subdivisions, April 1998 to May 2000.

Technical – Mineral Exploration

  • Management and oversight of Epithermal Au & Porphyry Cu exploration program – Mt Hagen PNG
  • Management of drilling program for Carabella Resources at Bluff & Grosvenor West Coal Projects, Queensland, Australia
  • Geological and resource modelling using SURPAC of Holcim’s Basalt Quarry at Bombay, Sept, 1999.
  • Resource modelling of southern extension of Globe-Progress shear zone (General Gordon), Jan 1998.
  • Leadership and co-ordination of Reefton Line of Strike Exploration Activities for Ordovician shale-hosted Au deposits, June 1996 to Feb 1998.
  • Supervision of Blackwater 1.2km Deep Drilling Program, Jan to May 1996.
  • Undertook regional exploration for vein style and Macraes shear-hosted Au deposits in Central Otago, Jan 1996 to June 1996.
  • Leadership of regional exploration for Au, Zn, Cu-Co and diamonds in Northern Territory & Queensland, Australia, 1992.
  • Leadership of regional exploration of Archaean greenstone Au deposits in Kilkenny and Kurnalpi Shear Zones, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, 1990 – 1991.
  • Leadership of regional exploration of Parker Range and resource evaluation of British Hill BIF-hosted Au deposit, Western Australia, 1989.
  • Regional exploration in Pilbara region of Western Australia for diamond and base metals, 1986 to 1988.
  • Exploration in Longwood Ranges, Southland for ultramafic-hosted Pt and Au, March 1985.
  • Exploration for Epithermal-hosted Au deposits, Golden Cross, Waihi, 1995.

Regulatory/Consent

  • Liaison Officer for the Redvale Quarry. A statutory requirement of the consent involving facilitation between the Redvale Quarry, local community, Environment Court and the ARC and RDC.
  • Expert witness for ARC for Wairoa Creek, Whitford Private Plan Change.
  • Provided technical expertise at Environment Court (Whangaripo Quarry, Oct 2005) and Territorial Authority District Plan Variation hearings 1298 (RDC – Snells Beach variation, Apr 2006).

Policy & Project Management

  • Project management and planning advice for ten-lot subdivision at Glenvar Rd, North Shore.
  • Project Leader for investigating the efficiency of Decanting Earth Bunds, and Rainfall-Activated Chemical Treatment Systems, Dec 2005 – Oct 2006.
  • Project leadership for the development of a Utilities Operations Guideline (TP301) for the Auckland region providing specific environmental guidance for utility operations such as telecommunications and power cable installation, Dec 2005 – Sep 2006.
  • Leadership for the review of the earthworks guideline (TP90) for the Auckland region, Aug 2006.
  • Principal author and Project Leader of ARC Technical Publication No. 223 – “Erosion and Sediment Control Guidelines for Forestry Operations in the Auckland region”, August 2005.
  • Manager of Consent Processing, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement components of Sediment Management Team at Auckland Regional Council. Developed and provided leadership of the team’s strategic direction whilst improving customer focus, process efficiency and environmental outcomes, Dec 2005 to Oct 2006.
  • Development of an integrated risk-based compliance monitoring program and IT platform for data collection and analysis used for 300 operating earthworks sites in the region, Jan to June 2006.
  • Project management of ARC compliance monitoring and processing of ‘iconic’ Transit NZ project (ALPURT B2, Vic Park Tunnel, Nth Shore Busway, MHX Project) consents including policy advice and interpretation of regional and district planning documents, Oct 2004 to Dec 2005.
  • Co-ordinated ARC’s programme for stormwater and sediment management, providing key programme direction for investigation, education, regulation and policy work Dec 2005 – Sep 2006.
  • Developed the joint NZ Contractors Federation and ARC Environmental Awards, as well as presiding on the judging panel for this award – March 2005.
  • Leadership for the review of strategy, objectives and benchmarking of riparian program of the Mahurangi Action Plan for ARC Programs & Partnerships Team
  • Provided technical advice on minimum earthwork strategies for RDC District Plan Variation No 52 - Silverdale Nth, March 2006.
  • Oversaw the development of key ARC Sediment Team internal policy development Dec 2003 – Sep 2006.
  • Provided technical review and drafting of s13 & s14 components of Chapter 7 Beds of Lakes and Rivers of Proposed Auckland Regional Plan: Air, Land & Water, April 2003 – June 2004.
  • Project management and leadership of continuous improvement process and policy direction of ARC Sediment Management Team.
  • Project management of submission process and policy development of forestry harvesting activities in the Auckland region, Feb 2004 to Oct 2005.
Michael Dunphy