Matt Carter

Matt Carter is the leading technical diving maritime archaeologist in Australasia and is passionate about furthering the links between academic archaeological research and the technical diving community to explore shipwrecks outside of recreational diving limits.

Matt Carter is presenting at OZTek2019 Advanced diving conference

In 2009 Matt was awarded the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society's (OWUSS) Australasian Rolex Scholarship – the first New Zealander, and maritime archaeologist, to receive this prestigious award. Since then Matt has combined his archaeological training with his growing interest in technical diving, undertaking his CCR trimix certification in 2010.

Utilising this and his commercial diving qualifications Matt has now worked in 12 different countries on maritime archaeological projects ranging from the excavation of a 2800-year-old Phoenician shipwreck in Spain, mapping ancient Mayan skeletons in sacred cenotes in Mexico, to 3D modelling WWII wrecks in Palau.

Matt is currently completing a PhD, where he is the primary investigator for ‘The First Ships Project’, investigating the archaeology of the earliest ships built in New Zealand.  He is also Research Director for the Major Projects Foundation ( where he is combining his archaeological training and commercial and technical diving qualifications to investigate the heritage and environmental aspects of World War II wrecks.

Matt Carter is presenting at OZTek2019 Advanced diving conference

He is an International Fellow of the Explorers Club, the Senior Tutor for the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology, and the New Zealand representative on the ICOMOS International Committee on Underwater Cultural Heritage (ICUCH). 

Most recently, Matt was a specialist presenter on the television series ‘Coast: New Zealand’, a spin-off from the BBC-produced UK series ‘Coast’.