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Testimonials for Gerry Coates
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Gerry Coates's Biography
Gerry Coates is a technology consultant and professional engineer specialising in sustainability and strategy. Gerry is a consulting engineer since 1970 specialising in high level advice, forensic and fire investigations & expert witness via his own firm Whai Wānaka Ltd. Of Ngāi Tahu descent he has been involved in tribal governance since its 1998 Treaty settlement negotiations.
Gerry has been advocating for social responsibility for most of his career as a professional engineer. Starting the group Engineers for Social Responsibility in 1983 he now pushes the case for addressing climate change and “peak oil” before it’s too late. “We’re still in denial” he says.
His mission is to make the world fully sustainable so our children, their children and grandchildren can also live lives even better than ours using renewable resources. Gerry says there is a lack of understanding of what the word finite means. We think we can use up exhaustible resources, and mine our children’s inheritance for short term gain. But there is another way. As an engineer he also believes that technology won’t necessarily save us, as everyone hopes. All the techniques we have to make the transition to sustainability in the next 20 years are actually largely with us now.
Gerry’s skills include:
Up to date knowledge of technology particularly energy
Hearings commissioner accreditation
Analytical, reporting and peer review skills
Maori engagement strategies
Governance & strategic skills in public and private sector & technology and iwi companies
Career highlights include:
Member of Decision-Making Committee on TTRL seabed mining (minority decision August 2017 to refuse consent)
Founded the independent group Engineers for Social Responsibility in 1983 still active .
He was President of the Institution of Professional Engineers NZ in 2003-04, focussing on sustainability.
On Ngāi Tahu governance table until 2013, and a director Ngāi Tahu Holdings Corporation (assets of $600+ million) through the GFC period
Significant governance positions include Land Transport NZ, NZ Wind Energy Association (Chair),Te Ana Whakairo Ltd (Chair - Maori Rock Art Centre), BoI member (Ruakura Plan Change 2013-2014), DMC member TTRL seabed mining application 2016-17
Active in arbitration, mediation, counselling and conflict resolution
Writes widely on issues such as technology and sustainability, and is an author of poems and short stories ('The View From Up There' published by Steele Roberts 2011).
Specialties: Governance, Non-executive directorships, Not-for-profits, Feasibility Studies, Peer reviews, Technology Policy Analysis, Research Studies, Energy Studies including Renewable Energy, Sustainability Studies, Expert Witness, Accident and Incident Investigations, Writer, Maori Development, Treaty Claim settlement asset issues.