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managing site acquisition and resource consents for various network rollouts

Client:        2degrees
Sector:       Private
Services:    Planning & Policy, Property, Environmental, Resource Consents

2degrees officially launched its mobile telecommunication service in 2009 with works ongoing, and the team at 4Sight have been working with our client on this project since 2005. We have successfully managed the programme delivery of the planning and site acquisition process for various national network rollouts.  

​4Sight’s Property team, formerly Aegis Property Limited were a key provider of site acquisition services for the developing 2degrees’ Telecommunication network, and were instrumental in acquiring the occupation rights for network sites nationwide. This included desktop research, legal analysis, candidate selection, on site design surveys, and securing the necessary occupation rights with owners and other stakeholders.  

Our Planning team provided extensive support for 2degrees, gaining resource consents for over 600 sites across New Zealand. As part of this work, our Planning team have become technical experts in the implementation of the National Environmental Standards for Telecommunication Facilities (NESTF), as well as the differing planning requirements of 61 territorial local authorities. 


Our work has included: 

  • Providing initial planning assessments for new sites and identifying likely resource consent risks; 

  • Identifying potential community risks from establishing sites, particularly in residential areas; 

  • Liaison and relationship building with key territorial local authorities; 

  • Obtaining certificate of compliance or resource consents for everything from new site builds to site upgrades and relocations; 

  • Representing 2degrees at pre-hearing meetings and public hearings; and 

  • General policy and compliance advice. 

Managing the coordination and delivery of the necessary consents, often in short timeframes, required a collaborative and flexible approach. Our Planners worked within 2degrees’ project teams which were divided into areas of the country, each with their own 2degrees Project Manager. The scale of the ongoing network build demanded a range of scalable planning skills, which 4Sight was able to deliver in an integrated manner to satisfy the client’s daily, monthly and annual milestones. 

The Planning team utilised their experience in dealing with contentious sites to overcome obstacles and devised solutions to meet the needs of 2degrees, the community and Council. 

Our longstanding and ongoing relationship with 2degrees demonstrates 4Sight’s ability to successfully deliver large, complex telecommunications projects on time, within scope and budget, along with our commitment to achieving high-quality outcomes for all stakeholders. Being able to deliver both property site acquisition and planning services to assist 2degrees in achieving their rollout objectives was beneficial to our client and unique in this market.    

"4Sight has helped 2degrees with a huge cell site consenting programme since before 2degrees’ launch in 2009, delivering around 600 approvals for new sites and upgrades around the country. 4Sight’s staff integrate seamlessly into our project teams and provide robust advice and design input, and have a thorough but most importantly efficient approach to our applications and Council relationships, which ensures we can meet extremely tight consenting timeframes on key projects. 4Sight are also adaptable and always willing to accommodate the changing needs of our business without a fuss." 

- Ben Blakemore, RAN Manager, 2degrees

Planning & Policy
Resource Consents
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