The Review of the Rangitāiki River Scheme was an independent review led by Sir Michael Cullen. Sir Michael was assisted by two technical experts – Kyle Christensen, a water resources engineer, and Charlie Price, a geotechnical engineer. Secretariat support was provided to the Review Panel by Tregaskis Brown.
Sir Michael Cullen – Chair, spokesperson, member of the Eastern Bay of Plenty community
Sir Michael Cullen KNZM (MA, PhD) is a former New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister.
While in government he held several ministerial portfolios including Minister of Finance, Attorney-General, Minister in charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and Deputy Prime Minister.
Since retiring from Parliament in 2009, Sir Michael has served as Deputy Chair and Chair of the New Zealand Post Board. He was appointed to the Constitutional Advisory Panel in 2011. He was the chief negotiator for Ngati Tuwharetoa and is the advisor for a number of other Iwi. He also recently undertook the Independent Review of Intelligence and Security (tabled in Parliament in March 2016) with Dame Patricia Reddy DNZM.
Kyle Christensen, Water Resources Engineer – Panel member, technical expert
Kyle is an independent consultant with over 17 years’ experience in River and Stormwater Engineering. He has a Bachelor of Natural Resources as well as a Masters of Engineering specialising in the interaction of river control works and morphological processes in river systems.
Key affiliations: Chartered Professional Engineer; Professional Member of and practice area assessor for Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ); and Chairman IPENZ/Water NZ Rivers Group.
Key areas of expertise: River and stormwater engineering; numerical modelling of hydrology, hydraulics and sediment transport; detailed design of river control works and hydraulic structures; operational flood response; and design review and failure diagnosis of flood and erosion protection works.
Charlie Price, Geotechnical Engineer – Panel member, technical expert
Charlie Price is a geotechnical/civil engineer with over 40 years’ experience working on the investigation, design, supervision and contract management of major construction works for dams, hydro-electric power, water supply, mining, and subsea developments.
Key affiliations: Chartered Professional Engineer; Fellow of Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ), International Professional Engineer; and Chairman NZ Geotechnical Society.
Key areas of expertise: Geotechnical engineering; ground investigation; earthquake geotechnical engineering; and investigation, design, supervision and contract management of major construction works for dams, hydro-electric power, water supply, and mining developments.
Charlie Price is employed by MWH New Zealand Limited, now part of Stantec.