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Bess seeks to ensure our natural and built environment is protected though considered Planning. 

Bess joined 4Sight in January 2023 as a Principal Planner in the Planning team, based in the Tairāwhiti Gisborne office. Bess provides technical input and project management to key planning projects managed by the Gisborne Planning team and supports the Planning workstreams nationally.  


With over 11 years’ planning experience in both local government and private practice, Bess has extensive experience in district planning in the Tairāwhiti region. Working at Gisborne District Council equipped Bess with a detailed knowledge of the Tairāwhiti Plan and the NESCS. She has experience processing complex bundled consents, including as reporting officer for Council hearings, alternative dispute resolution (including mediation) and Environment Court proceedings.


A highlight for Bess was working as the reporting officer for Nga Tāonga a Nga Tama Toa Trust’s application to establish a new Māori Battalion Museum on a public reserve. This had a high level of public interest, a large volume of submissions and strengthened her stakeholder and iwi engagement skills. More recently, Bess has been involved in providing planning advice and acquiring consents for a range of projects including medium density housing developments to alleviate the shortfall in housing in the Gisborne region.


Originally from Tokomaru Bay, a small coastal settlement on the East Coast, Bess spent a decade studying and competing internationally on the NZ Rowing Team before returning to Gisborne to work as a Planner. Outside of work, she loves spending time outdoors - mountain biking, surfing, trail running and tramping in the bush. After retiring from competitive rowing, Bess joined a local waka ama team and they went on to become world champions in their event in 2012.


Actively promoting more sustainable living, Bess was a founding member of Plastic Bag Free Tairāwhiti, a community group focused on reducing single-use plastics. The group organised community beach clean ups, facilitated reusable bag making workshops, and lobbied local and central government.

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Areas of Expertise
  • Resource Consent Acquisition 

  • Land Development and Subdivision 

  • Resource Consent Processing 

  • Project Management 

  • Planning and Feasibility Advice 

  • Stakeholder Relationships 

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