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Staff

Dr Wayne Severn


Drug and Substance Analyst,
ScentTECH Director,
Handler of K9 Nyx, &
Trainer of K9 Eos.

Wayne has over 25 years’ experience as a canine handler. Having a PhD in Chemistry, Wayne uses his scientific knowledge and expertise in canine olfaction to advance the usefulness of trained detection dogs into non-traditional situations, especially the detection of illicit drugs.
Career Highlights
  • One of New Zealand's first certified Urban Search & Rescue Canine Search Specialists with New Zealand Task Force One.
  • Independently validated to international standards as a Drug Detection Dog Team with several canines.
  • NoseWork / ScentWork open trial judge.
  • Marie Hare


    ScentTECH Canine Handler & Trainer,
    Handler of K9 Josie & Xena, and
    Trainer of K9 Ella,

    Marie is a canine handler and trainer who has worked with canines for over 25 years, in roles with Search and Rescue and Working Dog Trials. She also has experience in canine husbandry and is owner of Eiramwood Kennels. Marie has bred some exceptional Malinois dogs and these have been used in the New Zealand Military, Dog Sport and in detection services.
    Career Highlights
  • Independently validated to international standards as a Drug Detection Dog Team.
  • Trialist with Working Trials Champion plus Obedience Competitor 2006 – 2012.
  • NoseWork / ScentWork open trial judge.