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Meet Hamish Lowe from Lowe Environmental Impact

Hamish Lowe interview

What is your proudest moment in your role so far?

Setting up LEI to focus on delivering land treatment expertise to small councils, and every new system I get to commission.  A second would be having awesome staff that are much smarter than me.  A third would be pretty cool clients that trust us and listen to advice.

What is the most exciting aspect of working on #TheBigWastewaterStory?

Seeing people look and talk differently about wastewater, and realise is isn’t this big awkward subject that some council person has to deal with – everyone sits on the can at least daily and we all need to take some responsibility for our deposits.


What is the most challenging aspect of working on #TheBigWastewaterStory?
Coordination and linkages with a dynamic and fast moving team who are wanting to push action while having to slow them down (a little) to ensure a robust and diligent process is followed.


What is something people might not know about Wastewater?
Vegetarians produce more solid mass/weight of stool than those of us who eat meat.


What is one thing you wish everyone knew about Wastewater?
It is a resource and we all need to take ownership of what we produce.


What is one element of the #TheBigWastewaterStory that you are most looking forward to working on or completing?
Commissioning the Takapau land application system, and then 6 months later commissioning the Pōrangahau land application system – fingers crossed it’s a fine day for photos of Monique as she turns on the pump.


What’s your go-to productivity trick?
“what, ….what do you mean you haven’t done that yet?”


If you could be automate one part of your job, what would it be?
Answering the phone.


What is one thing you couldn’t live without at work?
Coffee….followed by great staff.


What’s your favourite thing to do outside of work?
Be with my family on our boat in the middle of Lake Taupō.


Best minute of your life so far?
Marrying my wife….and seeing my kids grow up.


What is your favourite place or thing to do in Central Hawke’s Bay?
Finding backroads, and which ones that do not connect to Pōrangahau.

1 April 2022

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