Aquanet Consulting Ltd is a specialist consultancy created in 2007, based in Wellington, Palmerston North, and Christchurch. We provide a range of scientific, technical, and project management services, with a key focus on the application of freshwater quality and ecology science to and resource management processes such as environmental monitoring and reporting, policy development and resource consent applications. Aquanet Consulting Ltd also provide water quality and ecological (algae, fish, macroinvertebrates) monitoring services, and operate a laboratory for the processing of macroinvertebrate samples.

Our technical and science team has extensive experience in preparing and reviewing resource consent applications for a wide range of activities potentially affecting water quality and ecology, including as technical experts in Council-level, Environment Court, and Board of Inquiry hearings.

In resource consent processes we routinely provide technical advice to applicants, consenting authorities, and submitters. This experience means we are able to approach the review of consent applications in a comprehensive, balanced and pragmatic manner.

Aquanet Consulting Ltd works across New Zealand, giving us a wide perspective and detailed working knowledge of many regional policy statements and regional plans nationally.

We have highlighted our key specialist areas below. Please get in touch if you have any questions about what we do and how we might be able to assist with your project.

Dr. Olivier Ausseil

Managing Director and Principal Scientist

Dr. Olivier Ausseil is Aquanet Consulting’s Founding Director and Principal Scientist. He has 20 years of experience as a practising scientist, successively working as a researcher, a regional council scientist, and a private consultant.

Simon Bendall


Simon is a Director at Aquanet Consulting Ltd and a Founding Director & Principal Planner of Traverse Environmental. With over 15 years of experience in the environmental planning sector, Simon has worked extensively with local government, Iwi, and private sector clients on a wide range of environmental projects.

Fiona Death

Science and Practice Manager

Fiona is the Science and Practice Manager for Aquanet and has been with us since 2010. She has over fifteen years of research experience specialising in freshwater ecology both here in New Zealand and overseas (UK, USA, Spain, Chile).

Dr. Michael Greer


Michael has been a Senior Scientist with Aquanet since March 2018. He has over 9 years of experience as a freshwater scientist and has previously worked as an Ecology Scientist at Environment Canterbury, Greater Wellington Regional Council, NIWA, and as a contractor to the Department of Conservation.

Dr. Mark Heath


Mark, the newest member of the team, joined Aquanet as a Senior Scientist in March 2021. He has over 10 years’ experience as a freshwater scientist, including seven years working at the Greater Wellington Regional Council as a freshwater ecologist.

Lovisa Ekelund

Freshwater Scientist

Lovisa Ekelund has been a Freshwater Scientist with Aquanet Consulting Ltd since 2017. Prior to this, she was employed as a Research Assistant and Postgraduate Tutor at Massey University. She has also worked as a high school Biology teacher and Laboratory coordinator.

Dimitrios Rados

Freshwater Scientist

Dimitrios has been a Freshwater Scientist with Aquanet Consulting Ltd. since January 2021. Before that, he had been working for Aquanet as a field and lab assistant during the last stages of his Ph.D. studies in Freshwater Ecology at Massey University.

Jeremy Xu

Research Assistant

Jeremy Xu has been a Research Assistant with Aquanet Consulting Ltd. since December 2018. He holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Otago.


We are based in Wellington, Palmerston North and Christchurch, New Zealand.

Our central locations allow us to support clients nationwide.

For general inquiries, questions about our services, or initial advice for your project,

please use the form below, and one of our senior scientists will be in touch.