Introducing our new coastal team

Canterbury’s beautiful landscapes form the backdrop for many offices within the region, including one of our own. Our new coastal team is based at Te Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour and get to enjoy the views it provides each day.

The team was formed after a need was identified for more knowledge in the coastal space. It’s currently made up of four members, with a vision to expand in the future.

What they do

The coastal team includes a group of specialists who have knowledge of the coastal area, the legislative controls we’re required to implement, and the community members and stakeholders we need to engage with.

The team is available to help you with any coastal concerns you might have and are keen to hear from you. 

Meet our new coastal team, from left to right: Jim Dilley, Emily McLaughlin, Emma Parr and Josh McDonald-Davis.

Meet our new coastal team, from left to right: Jim Dilley, Emily McLaughlin, Emma Parr and Josh McDonald-Davis.

Get to know the team

Emma Parr is the team’s incident response and preparedness officer and is experienced in responding to a wide array of coastal environmental events. She has been a member of Maritime New Zealand’s National Oil Spill Response Team for the past eight years and is a regional on scene commander for maritime oil spills.

Josh McDonald-Davis is the newest member of the team and its maritime environment officer. He was previously a resource management officer and has personal experience with the marine and boating environment. He looks after our coastal marine area-based consents, largely in the Banks Peninsula but can provide expertise across the region. He is part of our after hours incident response team and is currently studying for his day skippers' licence.

Emily McLaughlin is the team’s coastal and land management advisor. As the previous maritime environment officer, Emily brings with her plenty of experience and knowledge. Emily’s focus will be helping community groups, local Papatipu Rūnanga, stakeholders and her colleagues to ensure environmental outcomes are top-of-mind.

Jim Dilley heads up the coastal team, as its manager and the Regional Harbourmaster. He brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge, as well as a passion to protect and conserve our coastal environment. Jim has a background in the British and New Zealand Merchant navies and is a keen recreational boatie, owning a sailing yacht, dinghy, kayaks and Rigid Inflatable Boats for diving.

The team hopes to expand and employ a marine biosecurity officer soon. Keep an eye out on our careers page for this. 

Importance of protecting our coastlines

Emily said the importance of the team’s mahi can’t be understated.

“We’re really proud to be part of an organisation which is truly living by the concept from the mountains to the sea/ki uta ki tai,” she said.

“With so much happening around the coast it’s vital we all work together to protect the area for the flora and fauna that live there,” she added.

Get in touch

Emily is encouraging the public to get in touch with the team to talk about any coastal issues or concerns they might have.

“We look forward to hearing from the community and working with them to ensure we keep our coasts healthy and safe,” she said.

To get in touch with the team ring 0800 324 636 between 8am and 5pm, and ask to be put through to them.