Our resource management and environmental planners are the champions of collaboration. Our skills and experience with integrated delivery make an enduring impact on the environment, communities, and the clients we serve.
Our team has the depth of skill and experience on all types of RMA projects, ranging from due diligence and resource consenting to compliance management and auditing. We work closely with clients to establish key outcomes and tasks required to deliver these outcomes.
As multi-disciplinary practitioners, our staff understand the principles of engineering, natural science, and the built environment. Our passion is the natural environment, and our planners pride themselves in understanding the environment and how our infrastructure fits into it. We are not your classic urban planning team, and that’s what sets us apart. We deliver an integrated, pragmatic and value-driven service, drawing from in-house expertise in areas including water infrastructure, ecology and hydrology, or working collaboratively with external advisors. Resource management and environmental planning to us is not an ‘add on’ at the end of the design process but a critical factor incorporated from the project’s onset.
Our team has New Zealand covered with experienced planners in Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, and Christchurch. We are adaptable and can assist clients wherever their projects lie. Ki uta ki tai, from mountains to the sea.
Services that we provide:
RMA due diligence and consenting strategy
- Scoping, scheme and feasibility planning
- Identifying suitable sites for your project from an RMA perspective
- Confirming the consenting requirements for your project
- Assessing consenting risks and how these risks can be managed through the consenting process
- Developing consenting strategy for an efficient consenting process
Resource consent applications and assessment of environmental effects (AEE)
- Pre-application meetings with councils
- Preparing resource consent applications and AEE’s
- Advising on and managing technical inputs from specialists
- Drafting/reviewing resource consent conditions
- Presenting expert planning evidence at Council and Environment Court Hearings and attending mediation on behalf of the client
- Processing resource consent applications on behalf of local government clients
Consultation, mediation, and conflict resolution
- Managing iwi engagement and liaison throughout the consenting process
- Preparing consultation strategies
- Landowner/affected party consultation
- Managing community liaison groups
Policy development and plan changes
- Preparing private and public plan change documents
- Preparing submissions to plan changes
- Presenting expert planning evidence at Council Hearings and attending mediation on behalf of clients
- Policy research
Environmental management & compliance
- Preparing environmental management plans
- Managing compliance with resource consent conditions
- Conducting independent compliance audits, e.g. Green Star
Group Director - Planning / Air / Advisory / Digital
Hamish has over 24 years of experience as a Resource Management Act (RMA) Planner, specialising in infrastructure, land use, water resource and 3 water infrastructure planning. The value of Hamish’s inclusion in this project is his technical RMA planning skills, and stakeholder and community consultation leadership. Hamish has a track record of taking responsibility for project management and director of projects with challenging consent. Hamish’s experience and skills enable him to provide professional planning and strategic services to manage project risks through the consent pathway.
Hamish’s experiences include leading consortiums for projects that require statutory approvals. Hamish is proficient at navigating through consents and tying in his consultation skills and processes to obtain the support of stakeholders that will be needed for the consent. Hamish is passionate about consenting complex jobs and collaborating with the necessary multi-disciplinary inputs for robust AEEs.
Technical Director - Environmental Planning
Simon has over 10 years of project management and statutory planning experience for regulatory organisations, water/wastewater providers and in consultancy. He is experienced in working both independently and/or in inter-disciplinary teams as a member or project management capacity.
Simon’s planning expertise generally relates to water resources management, infrastructure development, resource consent processing and consultation (including with tāngata whenua) to support these processes. He has worked on small and large-scale water supply, industrial activities, local government infrastructure, quarrying projects, and municipal (and other) wastewater discharges. He considers communication and collaboration as the most important aspects of successful planning projects.
Service Leader - Resource Management Planning
Claire is a planner with 7 years’ experience in resource management regulation in local government. She has worked on a wide range of complex consenting projects including municipal landfills, wastewater and industrial air discharges. She has extensive experience in resource management compliance monitoring, particularly with odorous sites.
Through her time with local government, Claire has gained experience working with various Iwi partners and community groups. She has also been involved in a wider multi-disciplinary team tasked with achieving environmental improvements in freshwater management whilst piloting new ways of working.
Service Leader - Environmental Science
Isobel is a former Senior Environmental Health Officer by profession with more than 30 years of experience in the local government regulatory sector covering contaminated land investigation and management, hazardous substances controls and statutory planning, from reporting on consents to presenting evidence as an expert witness to the Environment Court.
Isobel brings her ability to work across engineering, contaminated land and geotechnical disciplines to weave unique solutions to environmental problems where consenting may be required. Isobel is a Certified Environmental Practitioner, Fellow of the NZ Institute of Environmental Health and is passionate about research into bioengineered field technology for contaminated land and water remediation.
Service Leader - Resource Management Planning
Tess is a resource management planner with experience working in resource management law, environmental management, and statutory planning. Tess started her career as an RM lawyer, but her interest in sustainable management lead her to environmental planning. She completed a master’s degree in environmental management and policy before working in consultancy.
Tess’s planning experience is varied, ranging from small-scale land use consents to complex regional and district consenting projects, including global stream maintenance consenting, roading upgrades, residential developments, and water take/use consents for primary industry clients. She also has experience advising on policy developments, undertaking compliance audits, preparing waste assessments, and contributing toward environmental and social impact assessments.
Tess has tackled resource management issues from varying perspectives, including local government, mana whenua, businesses, developers, and individual landowners. She is passionate about robust, science-based decision-making, and finding the best outcome for her clients, the community and the environment.
Senior Resource Management/Environmental Planner
Julia is our Senior Planner based in the Napier PDP office. She has five years experience working in environmental and resource management planning, and has held planning roles in both Local Government and Private sectors. Previous projects she has worked on include large-scale municipal and residential stormwater and wastewater developments, industrial land use and discharge activities, and public works infrastructure feasibility studies and consenting. Julia is a Certified Hearings Commissioner, and member of NZPI.
Outside of planning, Julia has held roles in freshwater and marine field data collection, laboratory work, and stakeholder engagement. Her diverse and varied background allows her to take a unique and informed approach to preparing and assessing consent applications and AEE’s, consulting with stakeholders, and undertaking policy assessments and development. She is confident in her ability to assimilate, apply, and communicate complex technical information within a planning context, and enjoys collaborating with clients and technical experts to achieve positive environmental outcomes.