Council members and contributors

Position Vacant
NZSS President

Chris Cheer
Business Manager | 027 328 4397

I became Business Manager (treasurer) after having too much wine at an NZSS AGM barbecue. My day job is IT Manager at a charitable financial institution. Many years ago I was treasurer for WCG and VC (Victoria University caving club).

David Ellacott

I started caving in my teenage years and have been lucky to have spent many an adventure hanging out with some fantastic people. There of course is the pretty stuff; the big and small stuff; the easy and sporty stuff; the wet, muddy and dry stuff; even the artsy and geeky stuff; but really it's about the people.


I cannot say that caving is my favorite thing. It might get a 5th or 6th placing. But it is bloody awesome...

Research & Conservation Coordinator
Chris Whitehouse
Training & Safety Coordinator 

Caving for me started in 2008 and soon became an obsession which has lead to many adventures. Within a few months I went from relatively simple daytrips in the caves of Waitomo to multi day expeditions into Bulmer Cavern. This steep learning curve continued and I soon became interested in the technical rigging side of caving which in turn lead to the world of vertical rope rescue. I am regularly in the hills looking for and exploring caves and jump at the chance to take people on adventures and teach them the skills so that they can look after themselves.

Lindsay Main
Information Officer | 03 337 1256

I started caving quite a while ago and have been involved in a lot of cave exploration, particularly in Bulmer Cavern, and at Charleston on the West Coast. Previously I’ve held the same NZSS positions, so I haven’t made much progress in the past 20 years.

Recently NZSS has been building up the online information repository, and I’m keen to support and increase this approach. The key project now is to collect information on South Island caves and make this available to NZSS members through a secure website. I’m also interested in the possibility of NZSS eventually owning the land that contains some of our major caves that are currently on private land.
Justin Hall
SAR Coordinator
021 0271 0837

An avid caver; helping home the lost, missing and injured from their adventures.
Robert Martelletti
Membership Coordinator | 06 354 2088

I started caving at the age of 16 by joining the Taranaki Caving Club. After 40 years of caving, I am still scared of heights, tight places and don’t mind the dark if I have not seen a horror movie for several months. I then became a member of the Manawatu Speleological Group and increased my diversity in karst areas and my waist line I am generally very quiet and rather difficult to extract a conversation from, however this has not prevented me from dedicating time to a Society that has benefited me so much over the years.
Marcus Thomas
Bulletin Editor 
Bruce Mutton
South Island Maps Officer 
John McLaren
North Island Maps Officer 
Ben Davidson
Webmaster & Technical | 027 370 7958

Lindsay Main
Tomo Times Editor | 03 337 1256