Our People

 

 
 
 

About Ahika

 

Ahika Consulting Limited is a Limited Liability Company formed in 2011.  It is the collaboration of two successful Dunedin businesses, Forest Environments Limited and Transitionz Group Limited, both of which were formed in 2007.

Ahika is a Māori word relating to sustaining the fire and keeping the home fires burning.  For us, it means sustaining and enhancing our place and our communities.

Ahika can also be described as a wero or challenge, as burning a large fire alerted opponents to your whereabouts.   Not afraid of a challenge, we are social entrepreneurs that are driven by a dedication to enhancing the environment and promoting sustainability on behalf of our clients and our community.  Our company ethos is evident by the commitment and principles of our team.  Our approach will consider issues through a sustainability lens, seeking a big picture perspective that takes account of social, political, economic and environmental considerations.  We look forward to providing clients with effective solutions and a long-term business relationship.

 
 

Rhys Millar

 

 

Rhys Millar, Director, is an Environmental Consultant with over 18 years of experience.  He is passionate about working with landowners, local authorities and other organisations to create working landscapes that function to their utmost and are able to deliver a wide array of environmental, economic and social benefits.  Rhys also keeps an eye on the overall business strategy and management for Ahika.

Rhys has a Bachelor of Forestry Science, and is a Member of the NZ Institute of Forestry.  He is currently completing a Masters in Development Studies (Geography), which is concerned with the understanding and analysis of processes which change people’s lives. This formal training reflects the integrated social, economic and environmental tenets which underpin his work.

Firmly connected to the land, Rhys has developed an ecologically diverse forestry block in the Marlborough Sounds, has integrated an ecological restoration project within a headland property on the Otago Peninsula and is currently balancing the pastoral requirements of his small sheep and beef farm near Purakaunui with enhancing his QEII native bush blocks.  Rhys and his family get out into New Zealand’s amazing conservation parks whenever they can.  Rhys is a Trustee of the Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group and through Ahika project manages all of the projects for the Landscape Connections Trust.

 

(03) 477 9242 or 027 3877 866
rhysmillar@ahika.co.nz

 
 
 

Lloyd McGinty

 

 

Ko Hikurangi te maunga
Ko Waiapu te awa
Ko Ngati Porou te iwi
Ko Te Whanau a Tuwhakairiora/Te Aotaki te hapu
Ko Lloyd McGinty ahau

Lloyd, Director and Energy Consultant, trained as a plumber/gasfitter with over 15 years experience. Lloyd attended the University of Otago - graduating with a science degree in Energy Studies in 2006. His plumbing skills compliment his professional qualifications and provide an additional insight into practical processes and building services. Lloyd is in charge of the finances at Ahika, ensuring our vessel is robust in all weathers.

Lloyd has been heavily involved in all aspects of energy management including feasibility assessments for energy efficiency projects, site metering for large industrial processes and developing intensity benchmarks and plant audits.

Lloyd is also very involved in the Otago and Southland wood biomass sector and has been involved in a large number of wood feasibility projects for energy plant. Most recently, Lloyd has returned from Europe after visiting large biomass district heating and co-generation plant. This has light the fire ( the ahika) to ensure Dunedin follows and learns closely from the Europeans and applying this locally.

Lloyd is an accredited energy auditor with the Energy Management Association of New Zealand (EMANZ). Lloyd is also a board member of Tainui Primary School

In his free time Lloyd enjoys surfing the myriad of waves around Otago, hanging out and learning Te Reo Maori with his whanau, and dabbling in DIY.


(03) 742 1093 or 021 202 2172
lloydmcginty@ahika.co.nz

 
 
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Sally Dicey

 

 

Sally has over 10 years of experience as an environmental planner.  While she has a broad base of experience in this field, water use and water quality in Otago have been a consistent focus of her work.
 
Sally is highly skilled in the preparation of resource consent applications and environmental effects assessments as well as policy development and advice.  Major projects she has worked on include community water schemes, community wastewater upgrades, integrated catchment management projects, and the development of a second generation district plan.    
 
She particularly enjoys working with communities and individuals to assist them in using their resources in a wise and sustainable manner.
 
Sally graduated from Otago in 1997 with an Honours degree in Law before returning to complete her Masters of Planning in 2004.
 
Sally juggles work with the demands of mothering four primary school aged children. When she gets a moment of spare time she enjoys trying to wrangle a garden out of her family’s coastal property, walking the family dog, surfing and catching up with friends. Sally is the Chairperson of Tomahawk Smaills Beachcare Trust.

 

(03) 477 9242
sallydicey@ahika.co.nz

 
 
 

Niki Bould PhD

 

 

Niki is a consultant in sustainable education and business and a researcher in many elements of sustainability.  Sustainability is a complex term and means many things to many people; Niki is passionate about assisting others understand issues associated with our changing world and how it can enhance their business.

Niki gained her PhD titled "Design within Sustainability" in 2012.  A key focus of her research has been understanding the obstacles and opportunities for educators and businesses to incorporate more sustainable practices.   She is familiar with pertinent issues in New Zealand, specifically concerning food, energy, waste and water.  She has given numerous lectures and run workshops on issues of sustainability and how to integrate understanding and approaches into a wide variety of sectors, including education, not-for-profit, tourism, hospitality, healthcare and industry.  She has a good deal of experience in consultation, community engagement and data analysis.

She is a strong advocate for sustainability and an energetic citizen of New Zealand and has lived in Dunedin since 2002.  In addition to her advocacy work with sustainability, she was an elected member of the Chalmers Community Board in Dunedin from 2007-2010.  More recently she has just been the Dunedin North Candidate for the Green Party for the 2017 General Election.  In her time off, Niki loves exploring New Zealand bush and beaches, as well as cycling around the beautiful city of Dunedin.

 

(03) 477 9242 or 021 254 8928
nikibould@ahika.co.nz

 
 
 

Nathan Keen

 

 

Nathan graduated with a BSc in Physics in 2000.  Following university he worked in various roles including designing and building science education inter-actives and also completing a Dip Sci in Physics with a focus on electronics.  During this time an existing interest in energy and climate solidified and enticed Nathan to return to University and complete Energy Studies in 2010.  Since then Nathan worked with the Warm Dunedin, Council housing project and at that time was also involved in the first stages of the Dunedin Energy Plan. Nathan then worked as an energy consultant for a time before he joined Ahika.  

Nathan has a keen interest in robust analysis to maximise efficiency and savings, where the final objective is the best result for the client and the environment. 

During his spare time he likes to harness the wind and waves on his kite surfer.

 

(03) 742 1093
nathankeen@ahika.co.nz

 
 
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Rhys Applegarth

Rhys is an energy consultant and has recently returned from London.  Graduating with Honours in Energy Management in 2014 and a double degree in Energy Studies and Electronics in 2013, Rhys brings a broad range of knowledge to the Ahika team.

Rhys has travelled around both Europe and America observing many different forms of renewable energy systems and is looking to continue his learning of these systems in New Zealand, determining if such systems are feasible on a smaller scale.
 
In his spare time Rhys enjoys swimming, mountain biking and exploring the outdoors around New Zealand.

 

022 510 7126
rhysapplegarth@ahika.co.nz

 
 
 

Aoife

Pronounced eeefa

 

Aoife is our office dog. 

When she is not busy in the office providing cuddles and general cuteness, she can be found snoozing in the sun or under the heater. In her spare time she enjoys chasing rabbits.