ASPO-NZ Incorporated

PO Box 770
Office Phone 03 545 8426

Executive Committee:

Dr Peter Ballance, Ph.D. D. Sc. London, President
Janet Whittington, Treasurer
Jeremy Wilkinsonn, Secretary
Ron Resnick, Media Contact
Ted Howard, Membership

ASPO-NZ Advisory Board Members

ASPO-NZ's Advisory Board is a group of non-political and non-partisan academics , educators and industry professionals with high standing within the community, who determine the means and approaches of achieving ASPO-NZ INC mission in the best possible way.

Current Avisory Board Members are (click for short biography):

Dr Peter Ballance
Alan Hart
Paul Bieleski
Steve McKinlay
Dr Susan Krumdiek
Mike Saunders
Dr Bob Lloyd
Kevin Moore
Paul Bruce
Tane Woodley

Dr Peter Ballance

Peter Ballance is a retired geologist. He taught sedimentary geology and paleontology at Auckland University for 40 years, before retiring to Nelson. His background thus includes the geology of hydrocarbons. He holds PhD and DSc degrees from London University, and has around 100 scientific publications and editorships.

Since retiring Peter has put most of his time and effort (apart from the three G’s — geology, garden and grandchildren) into the environment and peak oil. He currently chairs the Nelson-Tasman Branch of The Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society Inc., as well as presiding over ASPO—NZ and being Secretary/Treasurer of the Nelson Science Society. Music figures prominently in his life, too.

The world we are bequeathing to our grandchildren is going to be a difficult one. The onus is on our generation to mitigate as far as possible the worst effects of the profligate oil culture of the past half century.

Alan Hart

Alan Hart has 30 years petroleum exploration experience with two corporations, Hunt Oil Company and Arco International Oil & Gas Company, until ten years ago when he started a petroleum consulting business in New Zealand.  Mr. Hart has worked as a petroleum geologist on projects in the U.S.A., Central and South America, Africa, Middle East, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.  He has lived as an expatriate in Indonesia and now in New Zealand for the past ten years.  Mr. Hart graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with B.Sc. (1974) and M.Sc. (1979) degrees in Petroleum Geology.

Having worked as Chief Geologist and Exploration Manager with Arco for six years in Indonesia, Mr. Hart supervised large staffs of expatriate and national explorationists with over US$50 million budgets.  He was also responsible for development of the Terang/Sirasun carbonate gas fields for Arco Bali North in Indonesia.  He served three years as CEO for the independent Canadian explorer, TAG Oil Limited, which is now involved in ten petroleum exploration permits in New Zealand.  Mr. Hart was recently appointed director of a Vancouver Stock Exchange-listed company, Summit Exploration Limited, and an American Stock Exchange listed company, Gondwana Energy Limited, both of which will soon be participating in exploration projects worldwide.  For the last few years, Mr. Hart has been a lecturer to civic groups, schools and business organisations on the impending petroleum crisis.

Paul Bieleski

Paul Bieleski is a retiree who, as a student gained degrees in Science and Chemical Engineering from Canterbury University in Christchurch NZ.  He worked in the local chemical industry before go to Britain for his OE.  He worked for the UK DSIR doing research and took the opportunity to do some technical courses in computing, operations research, and automatic control.  On returning to NZ he took up a career in computing, working for 15 years with IBM in government support areas.  He then went lecturing at Massey University in Computer Science and Operations Research for four years.  This was followed by some consulting, contracting and software development.  This included writing a accounting software package.  This software was expanded to handle manufacturing and job costing as well as normal accounting.

During this later period he went back to University, doing some units in Economics.  He was a foundation member of the Operations Research Society, and the Management Services Council.

In retirement because of his previous activities in tramping, skiing and mountaineering, he takes a great interest in environmental politics.  Other interests are in economics, science, and energy.

Steve T.  McKinlay

Steve T.  McKinlay holds a BA(Hons) degree and an MA in Philosophy of Science from Victoria University, Wellington as well as a Bachelor of Business majoring in Computing from Griffith University, Queensland Australia.  Steve worked in the IT industry since 1988 and currently teaches computing, information ethics and management at Wellington Institute of Technology.  Steve is the spokesperson for PowerLess NZ, a lobby group created to bring awareness to the topic of peak oil in NZ, has been studying, writing and talking about peak oil for the last few years.  As well as writing a hard-hitting blog (<>) about peak oil and related issues, Steve regularly publishes within the disciplines of philosophy and computing.

Dr. Susan Krumdieck

Master of Science Degree, Arizona State University, Mechanical Engineering, Specialization: Energy Systems Engineering
PhD University of Colorado at Boulder, Mechanical Engineering, Specialization: Advanced Materials for Energy Systems

Major Research Focus “Advanced Energy and Material Systems Engineering” Advanced meaning constrained in general, that is “post growth and post peak”.

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor - USA), Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury.

Further information on Susan is available on PDF.

Mike Saunders

Mike Saunders graduated from Canterbury University in 2001. His major was in mechanical engineering with a focus on energy systems. After two years of work as a mechanical engineer in both America and New Zealand, Michael returned to Canterbury University to pursue his interest in energy systems. Realising that the major energy concern facing New Zealand and the world was transport energy, he completed his masters in a cross-disciplinary field of civil and mechanical engineering that focused on assessing the risk faced by transport systems reliant upon a finite energy source. After successfully completing his masters, he is now continuing this line of research with his doctorate at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. The goal of his research is to develop engineering, planning, policy and technology options to assist local governments in evolving their transport systems towards a completely sustainable end result. Michael also provides technical support on sustainable transport planning issues to Opus International Consultants.

Dr Bob Lloyd

Dr Bob Lloyd is from Australia, he came to New Zealand in 2002 after having worked for the Australian Coo-operative Research Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE), based at Murdoch University in Perth. There he worked on renewable energy systems for remote areas and managed  various research projects including wind power, fuel cells, advanced battery systems and PV diesel hybrid systems. At ACRE he coordinated and edited a major review of standards in place for renewable energy systems in Australia which also included a section on training opportunities available in Australia in the renewable energy sector. He has also worked on renewable energy systems in China and the Pacific Islands and taught at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. His current research interests at Otago University, where he is the Director of Energy Studies, lie in energy conservation in residential housing and energy management including world energy resources.  His PhD from Flinders University in South Australia was completed in the field of experimental atomic physics.   

Kevin D. Moore

Born Southampton, England, 1950. Educated in England.  BSc Honours Chemistry and Diploma in technology.  I migrated to NZ in 1974 and since then I have been involved in various aspects of industrial chemistry and education.

I had been aware of the concepts of resource depletion since the 1970s and global warming since the 80s and was opposed to the Think Big, the deregulation and the globalisation of the 80’s and 90s.  But it was in 1999 that I first started to feel great alarm concerning the direction in which society was being driven.

In 2001 I spent time in Taiwan and saw first hand the consequences of overpopulation and energy profligacy. Since writing ‘Burn Baby Burn’, I have written numerous articles that draw attention to the twin tsunamis of energy depletion and global warming, which will radically alter society very soon and will annihilate society totally if not dealt with appropriately. I have made numerous presentations to local councils and other organisations, to raise awareness of the crucial nature of those issues.

For the sake of future generations, I challenge the greed, ignorance and myths, upon which much of our society is predicated, on an almost daily basis.

Paul Bruce

Paul Bruce is a Meteorologist currently employed as a Lead Forecaster at MetService.
He has been active on environmental issues since his university years (BSc Phy) in the early 70s, including campaigns on native forests, nuclear proliferation, sustainable living, whaling, and more recently climate change and peak oil. Currently he is President of Appropriate Technology and Living Association (ATLA) and an active member of Sustainable Energy Forum (SEF).

Paul says that he has discovered that the simple things of life are the most meaningful, and remembers his year with the native Aymara people of Bolivia as being the most rewarding moments in his life. His three years in Latin America lead to his long term involvement with the human rights issues and the Latin America Solidarity Committee. He stood unsuccessfully for Wellington Regional Council in 2004 receiving 25% of the vote, and also as the Hutt South electorate candidate for the Green party (5.9%) focussing around the twin issues of peak oil and climate change. The 2004 campaign began with a showing of the peak oil film "End of Suburbia" at the Paramount. The 300 people present, included all the Regional Councillors (5) and 3 city councillors who were given one minute to say how they would make Wellington sustainable.

Paul believes that the fundamental cause of the big global problems threatening us
are, continued growth and over-consumption. The rate at which we in rich countries are using up resources is grossly unsustainable, and that the reductions required are so big, that huge and extremely radical change in systems and culture are necessary.

Tane Woodley

Tane Woodley is currently studying a Master’s degree in International Relations at Victoria University. He is serving in the Territorial Force of the New Zealand Army as a part-time officer, with the rank of Major, following 11 years service in the Regular Force. While in the Army he gained a Bachelors Degree in History at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. Together with the logistics training he received in the Army, he has a useful perspective on Peak Oil, and the practicalities of replacing oil as an energy source.

Tane is a native of Wellington, and he has returned there in order to settle and establish himself and his family into a community. He believes that New Zealand has a good chance of transitioning to an acceptable standard of living in the post-oil world, but does not believe this is inevitable. His aim is to help raise the awareness of Peak Oil within New Zealand and to convince the country’s leaders to undertake substantive measures for the transition to a post-oil society.