Wayne Donovan

Senior Freshwater

PhD, MSc (Hons), BSc



Specialising in

  • Project management in freshwater ecology - benthic and planktonic faunal analysis
  • Freshwater fisheries - native and exotic
  • Water quality - nutrients and wastewater discharge


Wayne has 43 years’ experience as a freshwater ecologist and has been involved in numerous projects throughout New Zealand and overseas.  He is co-founder of Bioresearches Group Ltd, the oldest biological consultancy in New Zealand.  His experience includes project management in freshwater ecology - benthic and planktonic faunal analysis; freshwater fisheries - native and exotic; water quality – nutrients, wastewater discharges.  Wayne has undertaken freshwater ecological investigations in Kashmir, India, Solomon Islands and Samoa and fact finding trips associated with the pulp and paper, and gold mining industries to North America, Sweden and Finland.  New Zealand projects included assessing the effects of wastewater discharges associated with industrial (pulp and paper mills, dairy factories, freezing works), mines (gold and coal), quarries, land development and roads on freshwater aquatic ecosystems (streams, rivers and lakes).  He has also been involved in evaluating the effects of water abstraction and diversion, associated with hydro-electric and irrigation schemes, on water quality and trout and native fisheries.  Wayne is also an Accredited Hearings Commissioner for the Ministry for the Environment.


Key projects include

  • Fonterra Dairy Factories - wastewater and water treatment (Edgecumbe, Reporoa, Waitoa, Tuamarina, Clandoboye, Te Puke, Kauri
  • Puhoi to Wellsford SH1 Proposed Upgrade
  • Hydroelectric Schemes - Wheao River (Rotorua Area Electricty Authority), Aniwhenua River (Bay of Plenty Electric Power Board, Kioreweku River (Proposed) (Bay of Plenty Electric Power Board), Opuiaki River (Tauranga Joint Generation Committee), Upper Kaituna River (Proposed) (Todd Energy), Lower Waitaki River (Meridian Energy), Lake Manapouri (Meridian Energy) and Patea River (Egmont Electric Power Board)