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Dr. Murry Cave

Gisborne District Council

Dr Murry Cave is the Principal Scientist with the Gisborne District Council having joined the council in late 2016. Prior roles included management roles in the Ministry of Energy and then Ministry of Commerce as well as a consultant with Ernst and Young where he worked in the energy and international consulting group.

Dr Cave is an experienced Expert Witness having appeared in consent hearings related to Gisborne consent compliance issues relating to Gisborne Forestry and farming prosecutions. He has also been an expert witness before the Environment Court relating to Kuratau River Erosion, Buller Water Conservation Orders, & the Pike River Coal Mine Resource consents. He was an Expert Witness to the Pike River Royal Commission for the Dept of Conservation and others.

At Gisborne District Council, he undertook an in-depth investigation into the impacts of forestry woody debris during Cyclone Cook in 2017 and was lead Council expert for the 2018 Queens Birthday Tolaga Bay Storms Forestry prosecutions. He developed the business case for funding the acquisition of LiDAR over the Gisborne/Tairawhiti region. The many storms the Gisborne-Tairawhiti region since 2017 has been a major focus and he is presently focussed on the science response and recovery for the 5 major storms that have impacted the region so far in 2023.

Dr Cave coordinates funding for strategic research within the Council and works closely relationships with external agencies such as GNS, the Universities, NIWA, EQC, Manaaki Whenua LandCare Research and others.

He is a member of the Regional Council Science Managers group, and the Flood Warning group, the Landslides working group and the Natural Hazards Special Interest Group.

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