Bringing environment, culture, and communities together

Pou Whakarae (Director)

Wolfgang Kanz
Mobile +64 (0)21 027 44522
Email: [email protected]


Awamoana Limited
630 Nelson Road
Gisborne 4071
New Zealand


I have worked in varied applied environmental roles over the past 20 years, both as a private consultant and public sector employee.
My experience is in freshwater, stormwater, and wastewater, biodiversity, and environmental management – from design and consenting, through to policy development. This work has been as a technical expert, project manager, and collaborator, working in both urban and rural areas.

I have also been extensively involved in social and cultural aspects of water, and was fortunate to have worked together with tangata whenua on various projects. A highlight has been collaborating with mātauranga Māori experts on matters of mauri and mahinga kai, and completing water-related cultural assessments with tangata whenua – partnering with mātauranga Māori experts.

I am solution driven, pragmatic, and customer focused.


  • Freshwater assessments (incl. SEV, fish, mahinga kai)
  • NPSFM & NOF process
  • Integrated catchment planning
  • Tangata whenua engagement
  • Community engagement
  • Constructed wetland design
  • Wetland and watercourse assessments and restoration
  • Wastewater | Stormwater | Water Supply – scoping, design, delivery, asset management
  • Biodiversity / Ecological assessments



  • Ruru, I., Kanz, W., Afoa, E., Clarke, C., Nutsford, D., Lowe, M., Jelicich, A., & Shivnan, S. (2022). A kete for implementing mahinga kai within the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management Prepared for the Ministry for the Environment by Maumahara Consultancy Services Ltd and Awamoana Ltd.
  • Christchurch, New Zealand. NZ Water Conference 2022. Implementing Mahinga Kai as a Māori Freshwater Value.
  • Tauranga, New Zealand. Water NZ Stormwater Conference 2022. Māori Assessment / Decision-Making Frameworks.
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