About Us

Air Matters is a service-based consultancy specialising in environmental air quality and workplace health exposure (occupational hygiene). Carol McSweeney started the business in 2004. Air Matters was born out of a desire to improve worker health after Carol had observed poor air quality in many businesses around New Zealand. Carol’s original motivation was: 

“Not only should every worker have healthy air to breathe, but EVERYONE should have healthy air to breathe.”

This vision still drives us today, and has been extended to include risks from other exposures. Carol retired in 2022, and longtime colleagues Rob Murray, Nick Browne and Carl Goodhue now own the business. The team has grown and we now have offices in Mount Maunganui and Auckland, with staff working throughout New Zealand. The committed and highly-skilled team at Air Matters work within a code of professional ethics to meet the goals and objectives of our clients, and  to provide our clients with solutions.

Our Team

Robert Murray

Robert Murray

Director

BSc, BA, MNZOHS

I joined Air Matters in 2009, and have grown with the company while experiencing many challenging projects along the way. I enjoy the diversity of the job and working with clients to recognise and evaluate environmental stressors in the workplace. I moved to Mt Maunganui in 2014 where I started the Bay of Plenty Air Matters office. The office has developed successfully and has allowed Air Matters to provide a regional presence in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato.

I am registered by HASANZ, which provides further assurance to our clients that they are dealing with a high professional standard.

 

 

Nicholas Browne

Nicholas Browne

Director

BSc, iCertOH, MNZOHS

I have worked at Air Matters since 2015 and have been involved with both the Occupational Hygiene Testing and Environmental Science aspects of the business. My background is in Environmental Science-related fields, with specific experience in Air Quality. Since joining Air Matters, I have gained valuable experience in Occupational Hygiene and I am working towards my professional qualifications in this field. I am a member of the NZOHS and also sit on the Workplace Exposure Standards sub-committee.

 

Carl Goodhue

Carl Goodhue

Director

BAppSci, Licensed Asbestos Assessor

I have been with Air Matters since April 2016. I really enjoy the challenge of working in this industry, as it’s dynamic and constantly evolving. Figuring out what the real issue is for a client and recommending practical, science-based solutions for implementation is really fulfilling. I am also a licensed asbestos assessor and can cover a wide range of asbestos related work, including asbestos surveying and the development of management plans, reviewing licensed removalists’ control plans, and performing the required air monitoring and clearance work for asbestos jobs.

Michael Tate

Michael Tate

Occupational Hygienist

BSc (Hons), MNZOHS

I started with Air Matters in 2020. Born and raised in the US, I began my career as a stack tester based in the state of Colorado before becoming an environmental scientist in New Zealand, where I became passionate about worker health and occupational hygiene. I am a HASANZ Registered Occupational Hygienist. I have been a Council Member of the New Zealand Occupational Hygiene Society (NZOHS), as well as a previous member of the NZOHS Conference and WES sub-committees. When I’m not  busy researching, studying or working, I enjoy fishing and camping with friends and family.

 

Nigel Goodhue

Nigel Goodhue

Environmental Scientist

MSc (Hons), BSc

I started working at Air Matters in 2022, based at the Mount Maunganui office. I have spent the last 15 years working in the environmental science sector, with a specific focus on numerical modelling and resource consent management. I enjoy the crossover between the technical and legislative aspects of air quality management and finding tailored solutions for clients. 

Johnny Fernandez

Johnny Fernandez

Occupational Hygienist

BSc, GradCertOccHyg, CIH, MNZOHS
 
I started working at Air Matters in 2024. I come from the Philippines, and have an Environmental and Sanitary Engineering degree and I am a licensed Sanitary Engineer. I have spent 20 years as an Industrial Hygienist in the Middle East. As a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), my professional goal is to bring quality and excellence to the field of occupational hygiene. I have an ongoing interest in studying and learning, and in my spare time I enjoy cooking.
Byron Frankish

Byron Frankish

Occupational Hygienist

PGDip (OH), MNZOHS, ROH (SAIOH)
 
I started working for Air Matters in 2024, after working in South Africa (born and raised) and Qatar. I am based in the Mount Maunganui office, although I enjoy travelling extensively throughout New Zealand. I am extremely passionate about helping people, and I get to live this passion through occupational hygiene. Many people are unsure of the health dangers facing them daily at work, and it is our calling as hygienists to guide them to a healthy life after the work ends. When not working, I am an avid gamer and nerd, as well as a previous podcast host for board games.
Karla Anderson

Karla Anderson

Occupational Hygiene Technician

BSc (Chemistry), MSc (Polymers and Coatings Science), GradDipEnvHlth, NEBOSH IGC
 
I joined Air Matters in 2023 and bring a varied background in materials chemistry, health and safety and environmental health. Occupational hygiene is able to combine all these elements to provide an analytical, science based approach to assessing occupational health risks. I enjoy the variety of work and the satisfaction that comes from recommending positive changes to protect worker health, one workplace at a time.
I am an associate member of the New Zealand Occupational Hygiene Society and working towards professional qualifications in this field. In my spare time I run around after two young boys and enjoy orienteering.
Juliette Lyons

Juliette Lyons

Occupational Hygiene Trainee

BSc (Hons)

I started working for Air Matters in 2022 after completing my honours in geography. I am based in the Auckland office and thoroughly enjoy how varied and diverse occupational hygiene is and some of the different challenges it presents. I am looking forward to developing my skills within the occupational health space. In my spare time I am a rhythmic gymnastics coach and love spending time outdoors.  

Dearbhla McGrath

Dearbhla McGrath

Air Quality Consultant

MSc, BSc

I started working at Air Matters in April 2024, having relocated to New Zealand from Ireland with my partner at the end of 2023. After completing my Master’s degree, I joined a local environmental consultancy as a Graduate Environmental Consultant where I worked predominantly in the air quality sector of the company, assessing the impact of agricultural farms on air pollution levels at sensitive environmental receptors. I love the variety of work and challenges that come with being an Air Quality Consultant, from the initial site work to using air dispersion models. In my spare time I am a member of a Gaelic football team in Auckland and enjoy exploring New Zealand’s beaches and regional parks.

Kezia Goodhue

Kezia Goodhue

Health and Safety Specialist and Business Support

BAppSci, GradDipOSH (Massey), Nebosh IGC

I have an extensive history working in health and safety within a range of industries and sectors. I have worked in health and safety in chemical, aerosol and coatings manufacturing; recreational events, arts and sports. I have also worked within the diversity of local government with a health and safety portfolio that included cemeteries and a crematorium, libraries, major public events, parks and public spaces, animal handling, property management, and a large vessel haulout and refit service. I am currently helping support and streamline Air Matters’ day-to-day running as well as reviewing and overseeing the health and safety aspects of the business. I enjoy the specialisation of occupational hygiene within the wider health and safety sphere and look forward to continuing to develop my knowledge in this field.

 

Leigh Rumney

Leigh Rumney

Accounting Administrator

I have worked in accounts and office management forever, starting in banking.
With Air Matters I enjoy being part of a friendly, enthusiastic team that
thrives on professionalism.

Amy Clark

Amy Clark

Administrator

I joined the Air Matters team in January 2024, after working with cranes, shipping containers, forklifts and EWP. I bring experience in admin, fleet management and customer service. In my spare time I like to read, bake, do puzzles and be with my family.

Innovative Ideas

Our people are creative thinkers who are here to help you resolve questions. We keep up to date with new methods and equipment for assessing environmental effects and workplace health effects.

Committed to Service

You can rely on the Air Matters team to provide objective, respectful and efficient service within appropriate time frames. We maintain a high level of competence through continuous learning and keeping abreast of the latest technologies and methods.

Clear Communication

We aim to present all reports in a way that communicates to our clients a clear course of action. We base our reports on the scientific results of the study and communicate in a simple, succinct way.

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