The Team

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Matt Carter

Matt Carter is a PhD candidate at La Trobe University and the primary investigator for The First Ships Project. He is leading the excavation of the Horeke shipbuilding yard as part of his PhD research on the pre-colonial shipbuilding industry in New Zealand (1792-1840). Matt has a Graduate Diploma in Maritime Archaeology from Flinders University and a Masters degree in Archaeology from the University of Otago. He has worked on numerous underwater archaeology projects around the world and is passionate about New Zealand’s maritime heritage.


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David Steinberg

David Steinberg is the State maritime archaeologist for the NT Government of Australia and is the current President of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA). He has been a practicing Maritime Archaeologist for close to 20 years. He has a wide range of interests, and is currently researching the archaeological evidence of Japanese visitation to the Northern Territory. This is David’s first visit to New Zealand.




Dr Hans-Dieter Bader

After service in the German army between 1982 and 1984, where he was a platoon leader of a heavy rocket artillery group at the age of 19, Hans went on to graduate in 1994 with a PhD in prehistory and early medieval studies from the University at Marburg, Germany. Shortly after this he permanently emigrated to New Zealand where  his field experience has covered all aspects of New Zealand archaeology. His company Archaeology Solutions Ltd (ASL), with Dr Janice Adamson, builds on years of archaeological experience and focuses on detailed archaeological survey and assessment, geophysical surveying and archaeological excavations and interpretations.



Bill Edwards

Bill Edwards is the Northland Area Manager for Heritage New Zealand. After a varied career which included working as a stonemason restoring historic buildings and building dioramas for the Canterbury museum Bill undertook his MA in archaeology at Otago University. Since then he has worked on a range of both European and Māori archaeological sites around New Zealand. Bill is looking forward to excavating on a site of such significance to the Northland region.




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Luke Tremlett

Luke Tremlett is an MA candidate in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Otago. After gaining a Bachelor of Arts with honours majoring in archaeology in 2012, Luke spent the next three years working as a contract archaeologist during the Christchurch rebuild, where he specialised in the archaeology of buildings constructed prior to 1900. Recognising that buildings archaeology is a field in its infancy in New Zealand with potential yet to be explored, Luke returned to the University of Otago in 2015 to begin research on the topic for his MA thesis.



Chelsea Dickson

For the last two years Chelsea Dickson has been working in Christchurch as an archaeologist helping with the earthquake rebuild. Chelsea works for Underground Overground Archaeology, specialising in artefact analysis and historic research. She studied archaeology and classical studies at Otago University, where she had the opportunity to excavate at Buller River mouth and Lawrence Chinese Camp. Chels loves to travel and is looking forward to two weeks of digging in the sun in the tropical north!



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Greg Jackson and Pam Forbes

Pam and Greg are both engineers and ex TAFE teachers who took up archaeology when they retired. Having completed archaeology at Sydney University they are currently doing honours at University of New England. They excavated at the Roman fort of Vindolanda in 2014 and 2015. They have also worked at the Sydney Quarantine Station where they produced polynomial texture maps of rock inscriptions. They currently work as volunteers at the National Maritime Museum Sydney.



Kiri Sharpe

Kiri Sharpe is an archaeologist working at the National Office of Heritage New Zealand. Kiri has worked there for 5 years, having worked as a consultant at OPUS for 4 years prior to that. She did her MA at Otago University on faunal analysis of material from the North Otago site of Omimi. Kiri loves to knit, crochet and sew and hang out in the sun at home on the Kapiti Coast.




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James Robinson

James Robinson obtained his MA in prehistory from Auckland University and has  worked for many years as an archaeologist and heritage specialist with the New Zealand Department of Conservation in the Auckland and Northland regions. James has also worked extensively overseas in the USA, Papua New Guinea, and Australia as a consultant archaeologist. Over the years James has been involved in a wide range of activities in the field of historic and prehistoric archaeology and has undertaken archaeological surveys, excavations, artefact analysis, site management and protection, public advocacy and interpretation and historic strategic planning. He is currently employed with Heritage New Zealand as the Area Archaeologist for Northland.



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Rick Bullers

Rick Bullers is a consultant archaeologist based in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. As a qualified maritime archaeologist, but working primarily in terrestrial archaeology, Rick is one of the few Australian archaeologists qualified and experienced in all three branches of Australian archaeology (maritime, historical and Aboriginal). Rick has a deep interest in nautical archaeology and has specialised in Australian Colonial-period shipbuilding and jetty construction.




Andy Dodd

Andy Dodd is a consultant archaeologist based in Paekakariki. Past employment has included work as a historic advisor for the Department of Conservation in Auckland, and regional archaeologist for Heritage New Zealand in Wellington. Andy is a qualified maritime archaeologist and is the director of Subsurface Archaeology Ltd.






Blyss Wagstaff

Blyss Wagstaff is a heritage advisor for Heritage New Zealand in their Central Region office. She has a Masters in Museum and Heritage studies from Victoria University, Wellington.








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Cathleen Hauman

For the last three years Cathleen Hauman has  worked as the assistant archaeologist in the Lower Northern office of Heritage New Zealand based in sunny Tauranga. Prior to that she did an MA at Otago University analysing absorbed food residues in ceramics from Thailand (spoilers: they were probably eating a lot of rice and fish, sometimes water buffalo). She has been part of excavations in both the North and South Islands of New Zealand, in Thailand and also in Jordan.




Kurt Bennett

Kurt Bennett works in Christchurch for Underground Overground Archaeology and is the archaeologist overseeing the redevelopment of Lyttelton Port. Still in the early stages of redevelopment, this project will contribute to our understanding of one of New Zealand’s earliest European ports. He has a Masters in maritime archaeology from Flinders University, South Australia and his research investigated the reuse of abandoned vessel material on Rangitoto Island, New Zealand. For more information see his thesis here. Kurt is a council member for the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology and the New Zealand Archaeology Association. Having grown up in Auckland and spending his weekends fishing and diving, he has a passion for New Zealand’s maritime heritage and is looking forward to investigating the ship building industry at Horeke.

Jean.jpgJean Spinks studied archaeology at the University of Otago, specialising in archaezoology, and has a particular interest in prehistoric New Zealand archaeology. Jean has worked on numerous archaeological sites across New Zealand, including excavations at Wairau Bar, Buller River Mouth and Cooks Cove.  She has previously worked as an archaeological consultant for Opus International Consultants and has spent the past year working for Heritage New Zealand as a Regional Archaeologist in Wellington and in Christchurch, where she is currently based.



Wesley Maguire studied archaeology and surveying and had worked within commercial archaeology in the UK and Ireland for nine years. During this time he developed an interest in the archaeology of buildings and historic building recording. After moving to New Zealand in 2009 he worked briefly for Heritage New Zealand and now provides archaeological survey and specialised buildings archaeological services as Heritage Survey Consultants. He has kindly agreed to donate his time and a Leica Total Station to provide modern survey support to the archaeological investigation of the Horeke shipbuilding yard.