OUr People

josh takao

Co-Founder | Director

Josh hails from Gisborne where he spent most of his time growing up on the beautiful east coast beaches. As you would expect, Gisborne is also where Josh entered the Drinking Water Industry as a Water Treatment Operator working for the Gisborne District Council. After fulfilling his training goals and spending some time reflecting whilst completing the Outward Bound classic course, Josh completed further studies in Civil Engineering and utilised this knowledge in a number of different roles related to Water Supply and Wastewater.


Ready for a new challenge, the move to Taranaki in 2012 was a natural fit. Josh initially worked as an Engineering officer then found a home as a specialist Drinking Water Advisor for the Taranaki District Health Board. After completing time in the Drinking Water Assessment sector, Josh finally decided with encouragement from friends and family, to start Wai Comply Limited with Matt in 2017.


In his free time, Josh loves whanau time with his wife and two children. He is an avid sportsman, and loves all things related to the ocean.


Grateful for both the personal and working relationships formed over the years, Josh is excited to offer a service that could assist all sectors of the Drinking Water Industry in ensuring public health.


Matt parkinson

Co-Founder | Director

Matt grew up and studied in the coolest capital in the world (Wellington). Upon finishing university, Matt decided to move to the big lights of Auckland in search of a new challenge. After two years working as  Health Protection Officer and Drinking Water Assessor in Auckland, Matt thought he would make his way back to Wellington. However as all good plans go Matt ended up in Taranaki instead. Since meeting his wife Matt has never looked back and now considers Taranaki his home.


Matt believes that continuing education is an important part of personal growth. He has a variety of tertiary qualifications including a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Environmental Health from Massey University, a Diploma in Drinking Water Assessment, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Travel Medicine from Otago School of Medicine.


Matt has been working in the public sector for the last 10 years (Taranaki District Health Board). He has held a number of  roles from management, regulatory inspector (Health Protection Officer and Biosecurity Officer) to fulfilling various emergency management roles during natural disasters. Matt's main role has been working as a Drinking Water Assessor and has been privileged to fulfil a number of specialist functions such as Deputy Technical Manager of the Central North Island Drinking Water Assessment Unit, a 'Technical Expert' for International Accreditation New Zealand, and  work on a range of Ministry of Health public health working groups.  


In his personal time, Matt is a keen cyclist and triathlete and more then anything loves spending time with his wife, and two children.