Meet the Team

Graeme Still

Principal Rural Fire Officer

Graeme has came to the organisation from a forestry background Graeme has been involved with Rural Fire for many years and was Principal Rural Fire Officer for Dunedin City for 10 years. His interest outside of work include anything outdoors like hunting and fishing. He also spends the rest of time looking after his few acres out at Waitati. Graeme's favourite saying is “Just remember be careful out there “.

Michele Lindsay

Finance and Administration Manager

Michele is based in Dunedin and has been involved in rural fire for over 13 years. Before coming to Otago, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Michele worked at Dunedin City Council. Michele has lived in Otago for 14 years and loves the region. She manages the day-to-day running of the office and provides support to the team.

Nikki White

Administration Support

Nikki joined the team at FENZ in July.

Pete Scarlet

Training and Fire Centre Manager (DPRFO)

Pete has lived in Alexandra for 5 years with his wife and 2 children and enjoys the outdoor lifestyle. He’s into cycling, kayaking, hunting and water-skiing. Pete comes from a Fire and Emergency background where he has has been a volunteer, a paid firefighter, and a trainer. The thing he likes most about his job is working in a great team, meeting new people, working with landowners and training volunteers. He also enjoys the central scenery as some days he spends a lot of time driving around looking at it.

Ian Rietveld

Equipment and Safety Manager (DPRFO)

Ian is based out of the Clyde Depot in Central Otago. He is a Qualified Engineer of 32 years and owned and operated Central Otago Engineering Services during this time. 

Ian has had extensive involvement in the fire and emergency services over the last 20 years, which includes Rural Fire, New Zealand Fire Service volunteer ambulance EMT. In his spare time he is the Chief Fire Officer for Omakau Voluntary Fire Brigade as well as Controller of the Blackstone Voluntary Rural Fire Force based in the Omakau.

Kerry O’Neill

Deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer

Kerry joined FENZ in May 2015 after 25 years running his own electrical business. His involvement in rural fire began in 1991 when he joined the Canterbury High Country Fire Team, a DOC managed fire response team. Through this he gained valuable knowledge, skills and experience as a rural firefighter, committee member and fire force controller, and undertook two deployments to Victoria, Australia. His position as DPFRO means he is responsible for Volunteer Wellbeing and Communication bringing together business skills and a volunteering background. Since joining FENZ he has extended his fire management experience and training, developed his portfolio responsibilities, and undertaken a deployment to Washington, North America.

Mark Mawhinney

Lakes - Deputy Rural Fire Officer

Mark joined the team June 2017.  Mark comes with extensive knowledge and experience in land management.