Our Advisory team integrates our core expertise in infrastructure and environmental solutions, with industry-leading expertise in Te Ao Māori, climate change, and asset management.
Our creative thinking and sound business acumen supports our clients to make informed and confident decisions about the important infrastructure, cultural and climate challenges facing Aotearoa New Zealand.
We bring strong hands-on experience across all aspects of these challenges, allowing us to take a holistic view of our clients’ businesses, with the understanding that whatever the issue we are solving, people are central to the decisions made, including boards, staff, customers and other stakeholders.
Embedding Te Ao Māori into our clients’ decisions is vital. Our Māori advisory team are an integral part of our business providing advice on the cultural aspects of infrastructure projects and helping to incorporate these aspects into our clients’ business.
Much of Aotearoa New Zealand’s infrastructure is directly affected by climate change and no investment decision would be complete without considering the risks and associated impacts of climate on asset performance, and the environmental footprint of the investment itself. In addition, business operations and activities are increasingly subject to scrutiny of their carbon footprint and their risk exposure.
Services that we provide:
Māori and cultural advisory
- Strengthening awareness and integration of te ao Māori and mātauranga Māori into our clients’ business
- Incorporating cultural values and considerations effectively within infrastructure projects
- Facilitation, engagement and stakeholder relationships with iwi, hapū, whānau, marae and Māori entities
Climate adaptation and mitigation
- Climate maturity assessments, strategy and planning, climate disclosures
- Community and stakeholder engagement, geospatial analysis, communication
- Emissions reduction planning, RMA consents, carbon sequestration, and embodied and lifecycle carbon analysis
- Climate risk and exposure, adaptation, spatial planning, dynamic adaptive policy pathways and climate resilience.
- Strategic planning, business case development, and management of built infrastructure
Asset and network optimization and risk management
Infrastructure investment optimisation
- Organisational capacity building
Commercial and transactional advice
Renewable energy planning, project management and implementation
Climate Change Lead
Chris has experience across climate change science, strategy, policy, and implementation in local and central government, and the private sector. He has had an interest in climate change since the early 1990s and worked directly in the climate change field for the last 15 years. He has a PhD in climate science and has represented New Zealand at international climate change negotiations, disaster risk reduction and science panels (UN and IPCC).
Chris was involved in developing the model that is used to estimate inflows into New Zealand’s hydro-lakes and has developed other models and tools to support decision-making and provide insights into patterns and trends. He has strong networks and can support clients in all aspects of climate change across all sectors of the environment, covering both emissions and impacts. Taking innovative strategic approaches to respond to climate change is a particular strength of Chris’s.
Technical Director - Infrastructure Advisory
Tony has over 30 years of experience in the planning, management and operation of built infrastructure. He is a specialist in infrastructure asset management and spent 15 years of his career working in Australia and the US, and has also worked on assignments in the UK, the Middle East, Pacific Islands and Asia including acting as an adviser on municipal asset management to the World Bank. He is a co-author of the International Infrastructure Management Manual (IIMM) and led the development of condition assessment and risk guidelines for the US water and wastewater industry.
Tony leads PDP’s Infrastructure Advisory business, providing asset management, strategic planning, business case development, and change management advice to a range of infrastructure-dependent clients throughout NZ.
Technical Director - Māori Advisory
He is a hardworking, self-motivated and innovative professional with over 15 years of experience in the Water and Environmental sectors across engineering consultancies, civil contractors & suppliers. He has developed specialist skills in investigation, design, construction, and project management of environmental and water solutions for public and private developments.
He is a proven and effective facilitator with expertise in stakeholder relationships and engagement with iwi, hapū, whānau, marae and Māori entities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. He is passionate about the widespread adoption and naturalisation of mātauranga Māori within the water sector.
He considers himself an intermediary, having the advantage of seeing aspects from both an engineering and a Te Ao Māori worldview. He sees his role as to reflect the ngakau (heart) and kōrero (voice) of local Iwi (tribe, subtribes), including tikanga (traditional values) and kawa (protocols), whilst acknowledging their māna (authority), their role as guardians (kaitiaki), caretakers of the mauri (the life-force) within Te Ao Tūroa (natural world), for the benefit and wellbeing of their mokopuna (the next generation).
In his current position, Troy has a leadership role within PDP to bridge the gap between these two worlds and lead mātauranga māori input within the company.
Tiakina ngā taiao mō āpōpō – Protecting the environment for the future generation.
Technical Director - Advisory
Tristan has over 20 years of experience as an Environmental Engineer working across a variety of sectors including process engineering, water, solid waste, contaminated land management and, most recently energy and international development. Tristan joined PDP in 2013 as a contaminated land expert, leading site investigation, remediation, validation, risk assessment and long-term management work covering a wide range of contaminants and land uses, along with associated planning activities (preparation of an assessment of environmental effects and resource consent applications). Tristan led the development of PDP’s services around asbestos, helping significant national clients manage human health risk and comply with the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016.
Since mid-2018 Tristan has been based in Vientiane, Lao PDR, managing the New Zealand-ASEAN Renewable Energy Facility funded by the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Over 5 years the Facility has supported the Government of Lao PDR across a range of activities including developing an energy planning, dam safety, energy efficiency and power system operation. The Facility has also recently commenced work in Cambodia where energy demand is increasing rapidly and there are opportunities (and challenges) for RE to meet this demand.
Pou Tokomanawa - Māori Advisor
Taku ahi tūtata, taku mata kikoha
When my fire is close, my weapon is sharp
Ngāi Tūpoto, Ngāti Moroki, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi
Hokianga nui ā Kupe, Hokianga taniwha rau, Hokianga hakapau karakia, Hokianga, he puna iti o te ao Mārama. Our whanau, our hapū, our iwi of the Hokianga motivate me in everything I do, they keep me warm and nourished in te ao Māori, te reo Māori me ōna tikanga and in all of our beautiful and complex ways of seeing, being, and knowing as tāngata whenua. It is because of our people and our whenua that I am passionate about Te Tiriti o Waitangi in practice and action through leading and contributing to initiatives that effect transformative change and result in better outcomes for us all. For me, building and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships not only with each other as humans but with the environment is key to our collective well-being as tāngata whenua and tāngata tiriti.
Service Leader - Climate Change
Lisa is a strategic thinker practised in policy analysis, development, environmental planning and provision of advice, with a particular interest in the climate adaptation/planning/risk management interface. Lisa has led adaptation work at national and regional levels, including technical work, methodology and policy development as well as engagement with a range of stakeholders, including iwi/Māori, businesses, the local community and technical experts. She is well-connected within the Aotearoa climate adaptation space and is passionate about helping to increase adaptation skills and expertise across the private and public sectors. Lisa is PDP’s primary contact for climate adaptation work.
Consultant - Infrastructure Advisory
James is a consultant specialising in three waters strategy, planning, and advisory with a passion for innovation, creative problem-solving, and systems thinking. He combines this passion with business acumen and a strong technical background in environmental science and three waters infrastructure—a synergy which allows him to tackle complex challenges with solutions underpinned by a solid business case.
James has a successful track record in strategic planning, infrastructure asset management, and risk management. He has played a key role in the development and implementation of multiple national industry guidelines and decision-making frameworks, is well-versed in risk management for large drinking water supplies and has a keen interest in nature-based solutions for urban stormwater management.