Company Profile

Established in 1999 by Principal Director Derek Todd (MSc Hons), DTec Consulting Ltd. specialise in environmental and coastal hazard consulting, as well as resource management investigations and more generalised resource management work.


Over the last six years, DTec has been involved in over 120 projects for more than 60 clients across the country, from Southland to Northland, including regional and territorial councils, port companies, private companies and other consultancy practices.


With over 20 year’s personal experience, Derek, a coastal geomorphologist, also employs a small team of additional specialists to work on projects on an as required basis.


DTec Consulting Ltd., have experience in the design, implementation and interpretation of results of coastal process monitoring and investigations, especially within the Canterbury region. DTec is able to provide technical expertise and advice on physical coastal resource issues and coastal hazard management for the use in the preparation of and submissions to Regional and District Plans., DTec also are experienced at providing technical assessment of the potential effects of applications for resource consents in the coastal environment.

With regard to presenting technical evidence to consent hearing and Council committees, Derek has appeared several times as an expert witness in front of the Environment Court and former Planning Tribunal. He has also served as a Consent Hearings Commissioner on behalf of the Minister of Conservation.


Prior to founding DTec, Derek was responsible for the project management of all of Tonkin & Taylor’s South Island coastal projects from 1996-1999, and was the former project leader for the Canterbury Regional Council’s Coastal Monitoring and Investigations project (1989-1995).


DTec also has strong bonds with the University of Canterbury Geography Department, where Derek facilitates a post-graduate course for Geography & Physical Science graduates in implementing the Resource Management Act, and acts as a guest lecturer on coastal hazards.