we're only as good as our people

Delivering the best outcomes demands depth and breadth of skills - and a passion for getting the balance right. That's why we don't just look for talented people, we seek out experts who share our vision that the best approach is one that meets the needs of land, water and people.

Aaron Andrew

ENERGETIC, PASSIONATE AND DOWN-TO-EARTH, AARON LEADS BY EXAMPLE AND EMBODIES 4SIGHT'S VALUES  

 

Aaron co-founded 4Sight (formerly known as Andrew Stewart Limited) with Alice Andrew in 2001 with a vision of creating a leading environmental and planning consultancy based on trust, integrity and respect.

 

The business was established based on Aaron's experience as a trusted advisor to local government around planning and resource management issues, and statutory impacts on business activities. Aaron is a real ‘people person’ and was adept at developing inter-organisation project teams for the roll out of large engineering projects, and the establishment of consenting programmes for the on-going delivery of infrastructure across cities. He also represented his clients in public hearing processes, Environment Court processes, and at the High Court. Always looking for a better way of doing things, Aaron came up with the concept for CS-VUE™, an online consent management and compliance tool developed by the Resource Management Technology Group that helps consent holders manage environmental risk. Aaron’s experience, passion and ability to build strong teams has seen 4Sight grow into an award-winning, multidisciplinary planning and environmental consultancy firm.

 

Today Aaron’s focus is on guiding 4Sight’s strategic growth and direction into the future, with the support of the senior management team and independent advisory board.
 

Aaron has a BSc in Environmental Science, Resource Management and Environmental Law from the University of Auckland.

Aaron Andrew

Managing Director

Alice Andrew

ALICE DOESN'T JUST BELIEVE IN A MORE SUSTAINABLE NEW ZEALAND, SHE'S AT THE FOREFRONT OF MAKING IT HAPPEN

 

Alice is a co-founder and Director of 4Sight and oversees the company's climate change and sustainability services, provides oversight of the Land and Water Quality, and Environmental Risk teams, and is the Maori Sector Lead. She consults on environmental management matters for local government, iwi and private clients.

 

As an Environmental Engineer, her technical specialty lies in assessing and managing the environmental impact of pollutant discharges on land quality, water quality and communities. Specifically, her work focuses on the consenting of onsite and rural water and waste water discharges. Her passion lies with working alongside iwi to protect the environment and freshwater quality.

 

A huge proponent for sustainability, Alice has spoken on key issues at several major events – such as the Massey University College of Sciences and Maori Capping Ceremonies. In addition she champions, and has presented on Vision 2050 a Sustainable Business Council initiative to transform New Zealand business and create a more sustainable New Zealand by 2050.

 

Alice is a trustee of the board for the not for profit registered charity that governs the Tread Lightly Caravan (TLC). A mobile environmental classroom full of interactive exhibits that visits schools and community events to inspire young New Zealanders to live a more sustainable life.

 

Alice has a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering from Massey University. She is an Advisory Panel Member for the Bachelor of Engineering Industry Sustainable Processing Cluster which assists in improving the Bachelor of Engineering Degree (Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering Major).

Her interest lies in delivering resource management solutions that recognise the spiritual and cultural values that relate to our connection to, and use of natural and physical resources. This year she has committed to increasing her Maori language skills and is currently completing Level 2 Te Reo Maori (Kura Po) at Unitec, Te Whare Wananga o Wairaka. 


Alice grew up in Gisborne and Wellington and now lives in Auckland. No Ngati Toa, Ngati Koata, me Ngai Tahu. Ki te taha o toku papa ko Ngati Ranginui te iwi

 

Alice Andrew

Director

STRAIGHT UP, WITH AN EYE FOR DETAIL AND A DRIVE TO SUCCEED, MICHAEL ISN'T CONTENT TO JUST GO WITH THE STATUS QUO

 

Michael is a Director of 4Sight and is responsible for the Ecological, Environmental Management and Best Practice service areas of the business. Well known for his ability to envision a solution, Michael leads many of our environmental projects and delivery teams, and has a knack for bringing together just the right talent and experience to deliver an exceptional, client-focussed result.

 

Michael advises public and private sector clients on a broad range of environmental, resource management and planning issues. He has over 14 years experience in land and water quality management; environmental strategy and programme development; catchment and stream management; major discharge and “global” consenting; environmental management systems; environmental compliance; environmental education and resource development; state of the environment reporting and environmental monitoring strategies. Michael is also a highly accomplished Project Manager.

 

Among his major career successes is a project Michael led at Metrowater Ltd, where he headed up the acquisition of city-wide network discharge consents for Auckland's stormwater and waste water drainage network. He has also held positions on several not-for-profit boards, including his role as Chairman during the establishment of a charitable society's social enterprise arm. 
 

Michael holds a BSc in Environmental Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Science majoring in Environmental and Resource Management from the University of Auckland.

Michael Lindgreen

Director

AARON’S WARM MANNER AND NO NONSENSE PRACTICAL APPROACH TO ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND COMPLIANCE MEANS HE’LL GET THE JOB DONE

 

Aaron’s expertise includes managing environmental remediation and compliance projects to ensure sustainable outcomes. With over nine years of experience in environmental management encompassing consenting, investigation, compliance, case management, remediation, reporting, and sampling and analysis – he knows what needs to be done to achieve first-rate environmental outcomes.  


Prior to joining 4Sight Aaron worked as a Senior Contaminated Land Specialist at Auckland Council undertaking specialist input and compliance associated with Contaminated Land discharge consents. Aaron gained extensive experience and knowledge in working with the Resource Management Act and District and Regional Plans, including providing input into the consenting process and recommending consent conditions.


Equally comfortable in the field, whether it be in lacrosse game or at a contaminated site. Aaron is an effective, professional communicator with proven experience in working with people, teams and the public at all levels. 


Aaron holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science from The University of Auckland. 

 

Aaron Graham

Senior Land and Water Quality Consultant

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ANDREW’S CLIENT-FOCUSED APPROACH ENSURES THAT COMMUNICATION IS AT THE FORE, WHILE ESTABLISHING BEST ENVIRONMENTAL OUTCOMES

Andrew’s enthusiasm for the environment has propelled Andrew into a career in which he strives to ensure that environmental obligations, be that for regulatory compliance or by due diligence, are identified and/or met through exceptional client communication to achieve quality environmental solutions which meet the needs of all interested parties.

Joining the 4Sight team in January 2019 as a Land and Water Quality Consultant, Andrew has previously worked as an environmental scientist where he conducted contaminated land site assessments (preliminary and detailed site investigations), managed remediation work, and prepared site validation reports for various sites across the industrial, commercial and residential sectors. He has also worked for local Council as a monitoring inspector undertaking resource consent compliance inspections for land use, wastewater, and dairy discharge consents.

Other previous roles have included project management, communicating with suppliers, sub-contractors, existing clients and the general public. These face to face interactions have developed his interpersonal skills allowing him to communicate effectively with a diverse range of people.

Andrew has a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Science (Hons) from the University of Auckland and is a confident sociable person who is focused, self-motivated, a team player, and open to new environmental challenges.

Andrew Barr

Land and Water Quality Consultant

Angela Lin

A BORN PROBLEM SOLVER, ANGELA HAS A PASSION FOR NUMBERS WHICH HAS RESULTED IN, WHAT SHE FEELS WILL BE, A LIFELONG CAREER IN ACCOUNTING

 

Angela started at 4Sight in July 2018 and is already an integral member of the team.

Working closely with 4Sight’s Directors, Angela is responsible for the day to day non-professional service elements of 4Sight’s operation. She provides input into strategic planning processes and assists with the implementation of these processes to ensure quality assurance and process improvements. She also oversees all financial functions of the business, including but not limited to, monthly and yearly accounts, monthly fees, cash flow, payroll, financial forecasting, financial reporting, procurement, supplier management, asset management and the preparation of monthly board papers.

Having studied Finance and Accounting at Auckland University, she’s always had a passion for numbers and problem solving which has resulted in, what she feels will be, a lifelong career in Accounting. And with an appreciation for the work we do here at 4Sight, she is intent on helping us make the best financial decisions we can to achieve sustainable, balanced business outcomes.


Angela Lin

Finance Manager

Arie Spyksma

ARIE’S HEART BELONGS TO THE SEA AND ALL THAT LIVES WITHIN IT. THAT’S PRETTY USEFUL IN A COUNTRY LIKE NEW ZEALAND

 

Arie recently added a PhD in Marine Biology to his already long list of qualifications. His long-term practical experience in surveying techniques includes monitoring and surveying New Zealand flora and fauna. He has also studied in the fields of ecology, biology, oceanography, environmental science, conservation and statistics. This is the skillset he brings to projects, especially in marine and coastal environments.


Arie has worked on a range of scientific studies over the years, encompassing environmental monitoring, sampling and analysis, ecological restoration, and experimental design. This has included intertidal and subtidal sampling of flora, fauna and environmental metrics, species identification, sample processing, boat operation and statistical analysis.


In a recent study for Kennedy Point Marina on Waiheke Island, Arie played an integral role in collecting field data for an ecological and water quality report of the area. This included the deep-marine benthic zone, intertidal sampling, and water quality sampling.


Arie’s field of expertise is extremely wide. He works largely in ecological impact assessment, which involves environmental monitoring, marine monitoring, fauna survey, report writing, scientific research, field research, conservation and ecological restoration.

 

Dr. Arie Spyksma

Ecology Consultant

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HAVING STUDIED AND WORKED ALL OVER THE WORLD, BENOIT'S PRIMARY FOCUS IS TO PROPOSE SOLUTIONS THAT SATISFY CLIENT NEEDS AND RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT 

 

With a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Gembloux Agro-Bio Tec in Belgium, Benoit currently works alongside the Landscape and Urban Design team where his knowledge and industry experience, including previous work with a number of prestigious landscape & architecture firms in Paris, have made him an invaluable member of the team.

 

His diverse range of field experience includes managing work sites, overseeing territorial strategy, supervising large-scale landscaping, garden and urbanism projects through to assisting with local neighbourhood and community projects.

 

His time at university saw him carry out a study on the flooding problems of the urban landscapes of Antananarivo in Madagascar. While time spent studying at the University of Montreal saw him honoured as a laureate for a competition organised by the UNESCO Chair in Landscape and Environment for his work on the new Triangle District close to Montreal’s CBD.

 

Hugely aware of protecting his surroundings and its way of life, Benoit intends to utilise a holistic approach when it comes to considering, designing and implementing both living and non-living landscapes.


Benoit Coppens

Landscape and Urban Design Consultant

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WITH EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD OF ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT, CARL IS ABLE TO ADVISE CLIENTS ON THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO WORK AROUND THE ISSUE OF ASBESTOS

Carl is an Environmental Risk and Safety Consultant with 4Sight who has a primary focus in the area of asbestos surveying and assessment. He has asbestos assessment and management experience which includes undertaking asbestos surveys (management and demolition/refurbishment), preparation of asbestos management plans, clearance and abatement monitoring, and decontamination and site establishment management.  

Carl’s recent work included managing the day to day organisation of asbestos survey activities, site access organisation and service provider coordination for the Transpower NZ Asbestos Programme (65+ sites), as well as conducting asbestos surveying, assessing and reporting.

Carl qualified through the British Occupational Health Society (IP 402) as an Asbestos Surveyor, and is also an Australian VET Standard Asbestos Surveyor. He has acted as a surveyor in the First Gas national asbestos survey program (62 sites) and is a licensed WorkSafe Asbestos Assessor (AA17090148).

Carl Ziervogel

Environmental Risk and Safety Consultant

Caroline Attwooll

OUR HIGHLY ORGANISED AUCKLAND BASED OFFICE MANAGER, CAROLINE KEEPS US RUNNING LIKE CLOCKWORK 

 

Caroline is a friendly, popular member of the 4Sight team. As Office Manager, she is responsible for maintaining the IT and Telecom structure and the procurement of electronic goods, plus assisting with all website maintenance, induction, orientation, travel, event management and the general welfare of all staff.

 

Caroline is the Quality Assurance Coordinator, making sure all external documents follow the 4Sight Quality Assurance standard and she also monitors and records 4Sight's monthly emissions as part of our CEMARS accreditation. Proficient in Adobe and MS Suite including Project and Visio, Caroline is also CS-VUE™ trained and spends a large portion of her time directly supporting the Chief Financial Officer and Accounts Team to help keep things running smoothly.

Caroline Attwooll

Office Manager

Cassandra Ng

FOCUSED AND PASSIONATE, CASSANDRA IS A HIGH PERFORMER THAT PUTS MAXIMUM EFFORT INTO EVERYTHING SHE DOES

 

Cassandra joined 4Sight as an intern in March 2015 whilst still finishing her university studies. She graduated in a Bachelor of Planning, with Honors at the University of Auckland, where she received two first in course awards for community development and urban growth management courses. 

 

She currently assists the Planning and Policy team on a wide variety of planning projects for both public and private clients including various Ministry for the Environment research projects, due diligence and land development feasibility projects for developments across Auckland and resource consent applications for telecommunications, subdivision and land use developments. Cassandra works alongside professionals in a range of disciplines to ensure the success of her applications.  

Cassandra Ng

Planning and Policy Consultant

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WHAT MAKES CHRIS TICK? CITY DEVELOPMENT, URBAN DESIGN AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT  

Chris started with the 4Sight team in November 2018 as a Planning and Policy Consultant based in our Dunedin office.

With a Masters in Planning and a Bachelor of Science (Geography and Environmental Management), his previous experience includes working as a property intern at Dunedin City Council where he helped develop a strategic departmental plan, manage properties and tenants, manage and set up a work flow process, and reviewed resource consents.

His current roles sees him working closely alongside our Planning and Policy team assisting with resource consents, administration, planning inquiries and research, providing advice to stakeholders, and assessing statutory planning requirements.

A lover of all things sport, he likes to play or watch it in his spare time and particularly enjoys basketball and cricket. He enjoys travelling to different places to experience new things, and it was actually his passion for travel that lead to his fascination with city development and a realisation that good planning makes all the difference when it comes to urban design.

Chris Pearse-Smith

Planning and Policy Consultant

Christine Oakey

CHRISTINE IS A NO NONSENSE, HIGHLY EXPERIENCED CONSULTANT WELL KNOWN FOR HER METICULOUS ATTENTION TO DETAIL ON CLIENT PROJECTS

 

Christine is an environmental consultant with a strong background in environmental compliance and resource consents. She tends to specialise in stormwater and industrial trade or activity (ITA) consents due to her Auckland Council background. A large part of her role includes undertaking on-site inspections and reviewing plans for our clients.

 

Christine has previously been involved in project managing the setup of online consent management systems for multiple clients and in the development of Foundation Footprint, an online management system.

 

Christine is acknowledged for never losing sight of the project's goal, and enjoys getting projects finished to her meticulous standards whilst “flying under the radar”, which has made her a popular consultant to work with.

 

Just like a lot of her colleagues, Christine has a history of spending her free time doing volunteer work. One particular example saw her planting dune and stream banks at Long Bay Regional Park, while another (rather different) example involved her teaching senior citizens how to text with mobile phones.   

Christine Oakey

Senior Environmental Management Consultant

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AN AWARD-WINNING LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT, CLAUDIA HAS A PASSION FOR INCORPORATING SUSTAINABLE, CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES INTO A PROJECT IN ORDER TO PUSH BOUNDARIES

With a degree in Architectural Studies and a Masters in Landscape Architecture, Claudia joined the 4Sight team in March 2019 as a Landscape Architect.

Currently working alongside our Landscape and Urban Design team, she is the lead designer on a project for Kimi Ora School, a decile 1 primary school in the Hawkes Bay. The aim of the project is to design a collection of engaging, challenging and educational outdoor spaces that connect the 50% Maori / 50% Pacifica students, and their whanau, with their rohe (region). The design will reflect the student’s cultural identity through clearly referencing and connecting Te Ao Māori and Te Ao Pasifika. It will also integrate cultural narratives and native ecological spaces into the landscape, which Claudia hopes will set a precedent for creating similar spaces at comparable schools across New Zealand.

Throughout her time at University, she had an interest in sustainable outcomes and subsequently minored in Sustainability and in 2016, while working on the Hurunui O Rangi Marae project, Claudia was able to realise her passion for cultural designs that integrate sustainable concepts. The project involved designing a culturally rich landscape that was both educational and sustainable and had a specific focus on engaging children and creating a self-sufficient papakāinga. Her work on the project was so well received that she received both national and international recognition for it, winning an NZILA student award here in New Zealand and then the International Federation of Landscape Architects Presidents Choice Award at the International Biennial of Landscape Architecture in Barcelona.

She sees landscape architecture as a field that creates innovative solutions within spaces that inspire people. She wants her work to be the foundation for physiological change, as well as physical change, and is particularly interested in creating community-based spaces that explore how Māori values, narratives and customs can be integrated into public spaces to create culturally and educationally rich environments for mana whenua and local communities to enjoy.


In her spare time, she loves getting outdoors and playing sport, specifically football and running. She also has a passion for travelling and exploring new places and is heading off on a trip in late June to explore parts of Europe. But in the meantime, she is sticking by her mantra that if you provide people with functional, informative and beautiful public spaces they will become more aware and proactive, ultimately changing the way they think and behave in both a cultural and sustainable sense.

 

Claudia Boyo

Landscape Architect

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WITH OVER 10 YEARS’ EXPERIENCE IN THE PLANNING INDUSTRY, EMMA PROVIDES SOUND ADVICE AND BALANCED OUTCOMES FOR HER CLIENTS

Emma started at 4Sight in January 2019, joining the Dunedin team as a Senior Planning and Policy Consultant.

 

Her previous work experience includes five years at Otago Regional Council in the policy team, where she primarily worked on plan changes to set minimum flows in rivers and consulted with local communities and Iwi.  Prior to this, she spent 5 years in Auckland at a planning consultancy where she worked on planning applications for a range of private clients, as well as processing complex urban land use consents on behalf of several councils, including preparation and presentation of expert evidence to councils.

 

She studied at Otago University, completed a BA in Geography in 2003, then a Master of Regional and Resource Management in 2005, with Distinction. She’s also an intermediate member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

A mum to three young children, she loves getting out and about with the kids, particularly camping, where the kids can explore and learn about the environment. She’s also on her local kindergarten committee and has enjoyed helping out on kindy trips. For example, some of her more recent kindy excursions have included walking up her local mountain Whanaupaki and venturing to the Orokonui Ecosanctuary. During these trips, Emma loves to see the children starting to learn about sustainability and develop a passion for the environment. 

Emma Spalding

Senior Planning and Policy Consultant

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DAVID’S EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD MAKES HIM AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE 4SIGHT TEAM

With over 31 years’ experience in New Zealand’s planning system, David’s expertise lie in planning and resource management consenting and providing policy advice to a range of public and private sector clients.

A Principal Planning Consultant at 4Sight, he was previously a director at Burton Planning Consultants between 2003 and 2018, where he worked alongside a range of infrastructure clients predominantly within the oil, gas and energy sectors advising on various planning projects and policy matters, preparation of consent applications, AEEs, designations, policy analysis, submissions and appeals.

His work in the oil industry has spanned over 25 years making him a specialist in this field. This work has included numerous resource consent applications (district and regional) and planning issues, including risk matters, for oil storage terminals in Bluff, Timaru, Lyttelton, Nelson, Wellington, Napier, New Plymouth, Tauranga, Auckland, Marsden Point and Wiri. He has also provided planning and policy advice to the Oil Industry Environmental Working Group. Specialist matters addressed often include hazardous substances, contaminated land, earthworks, air quality, freshwater, stormwater, natural hazards, coastal provisions, zoning matters and various performance-based provisions. David has also been involved in the development of a number of industry related guidelines.

Prior to moving into consultancy in 1995, David held a number of roles within the public sector providing policy and planning advice, monitoring responses to Government policies, flood management, geothermal management and coastal development. In consultancy he continued with that work stream, including being involved in the development of the NES for Electricity Transmission and Contaminated Soils.

David le Marquand

Principal Planning and Policy Consultant

Emma Comrie-Thomson

EMMA HAS A KNACK FOR EXPLAINING COMPLICATED COMPLIANCE IN A WAY THAT EVERYONE FROM THE GROUND UP CAN UNDERSTAND AND APPLY

 

Emma is a Principal Environmental Consultant (CEnvP) specialising in risk and compliance management. Her work involves environmental and health & safety on-site assessments. She helps our clients find ways to raise environmental awareness and to find workable solutions to many of the common risks found on civil construction sites.

 

She has developed a reputation in the industry as someone with a talent for breaking down complicated environmental compliance topics and using her skills in adult education to encourage environmental best practices at the ground level on-site.

 

Her areas of expertise include the development and implementation of environmental management systems; processes and procedures; conducting environmental and health and safety audits; managing compliance throughout a projects life-cycle; stream management and enhancement; and environmental monitoring.

 

Emma has been part of the team focusing on the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work (Major Hazard Facilities) Regulations 2016, on behalf of multiple Major Hazard Facilities (MHFs) across New Zealand. 

 

Emma believes in giving back. She is involved in The Wonder Project, formerly known as Futureintech, an IPENZ initiative, funded by Callaghan Innovation and the Ministry for Primary Industries, which educates children on the variety of interesting careers available in technology, engineering and science. She presents at expos, assemblies and open days, and has also helped with class projects. 


Emma is a Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP) with the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

Emma Comrie-Thomson

Principal Environmental Risk and Safety Consultant

FELIX HAS THE KNACK TO TURN COMPLEX GIS DATA INTO MORE USER-FRIENDLY FORMATS ULTIMATELY SHAPING THE CITIES IN WHICH WE LIVE

 

Felix is an Engineering Hydrologist with more than 40 years experience, working in New Zealand, the USSR and on international research projects. He uses his high level of GIS expertise and programming skills to undertake modelling and analysis in a broad range of water resource areas, including stormwater and wastewater catchment analysis, flood hazard mapping, hydrology, route optioning and multi-criteria analysis.  

 

He provides GIS related support to 4Sight’s professional services team and administration function through the utilisation of the ArcGIS and ArcMaps GIS platform and related products including ArcGIS COLLECTOR. 

 

Felix brings with him a Doctoral degree in Geography (Hydrology and Water Resources) and is a trained Engineer-Hydrologist (Hon). 

Felix Pertziger

Senior GIS Consultant

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WHETHER IT’S SCOPING CONSENT REQUIREMENTS OR OBTAINING RESOURCE CONSENTS - GAEL IS AN EXPERT

Gael McKitterick has over 30 years’ experience in planning and resource management, both within councils and planning consultancies. Her experience includes 21 years with Burton Planning Consultants where she worked prior to starting at 4Sight in October 2018.

A Principal Planning Consultant at 4Sight, she has an extensive working knowledge of district plans and plan change preparation, scoping and obtaining resource consents on a wide range of projects, designation and outline plans, hearing reports, and meetings and negotiations with submitters/appellants.

Gael has an array of project and policy work under her belt from council community centres and libraries to large infrastructure and commercial projects. The projects she has worked on range from redeveloping Devonport Library, where she dealt with issues relating to existing use rights, heritage buildings, urban design, traffic and protected trees within a sensitive environment to oil industry related projects where she has scoped and prepared resource consents for the upgrade of bulk storage terminals and existing petroleum product pipelines, and has also provided planning advice on terminal and pipelines consenting issues throughout New Zealand.

Recent projects also include planning advice for the development of a modern multi-purpose Events Centre for Westlake Girls High, including the preparation of the associated Outline Plan of Works and changes to existing designations. As part of the preparation of the Auckland Unitary Plan, she provided planning assistance to Auckland Council in relation to the development of planning provisions for a former quarry and the adjoining lake side residential land. Gael also works with Wiri Oil Services Terminal in their engagement with neighbouring businesses, including maintaining and updating the associated data base, liaison with neighbours, and organising presentations for neighbouring businesses at the terminal.

Gael McKitterick

Principal Planning and Policy Consultant

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WITH A SOUND KNOWLEDGE OF PLANNING PROCESSES, GEORGINA’S EXPERIENCE HERE AND ABROAD ASSISTS HER IN ACHIEVING BALANCED OUTCOMES FOR BOTH THE CLIENT AND THE ENVIRONMENT

A Principal Planning Consultant at 4Sight, Georgina has over 15 years’ experience in planning from previous roles here in New Zealand and abroad in the U.K.

Having worked in both local authority and consultancy roles, her key expertise include successfully obtaining consents and designations for complex projects, policy analysis and submission presentations of planning evidence and appeals. She has been involved in a wide range of work including strategic infrastructure projects, large scale land use schemes, subdivision, freshwater and coastal consents. Specialist matters addressed include hazardous substances, contaminated land, natural hazards, stormwater and development in sensitive environments such as outstanding natural landscapes, coastal environments and sites with cultural value.

She has a thorough understanding of the statutory process and is a dynamic thinker, and like all of us here at 4Sight, feels that achieving the best results for our clients and the environment is absolutely essential.

Georgina McPherson

Principal Planning and Policy Consultant

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HANNAH IS DRIVEN TO PROTECT AND RESTORE NEW ZEALAND’S BIODIVERSITY ON LAND, WATER AND SEA. SHE APPROACHES EVERY PROJECT WITH A VIEW TO FINDING THOSE WIN-WIN SCENARIOS THAT WORK WITHIN NATURE, NOT AGAINST IT

Passionate about nature and ecosystems from an early age, Hannah started with 4Sight in March 2019 as a Senior Ecology Consultant in the Ecology team.

With expertise in bat ecology, freshwater systems and lake restoration, integrated catchment management, ecosystem services, as well as avifauna and lizard ecology, she has 8 years’ experience working for various ecology and environmental consultancies and has a PhD in freshwater ecology. Her research focused on lake restoration, catchment impacts on water quality, land use change and ecosystem services, and has been published in major international peer-reviewed journals.

In her current role, Hannah designs and implements ecological surveys, undertakes ecological effects assessments, ecological management and restoration plans, presents expert witness evidence at hearings, liaises with stakeholders, and project manages. But what really gets her out of bed in the morning, is the fact that at 4Sight, she’s able to contribute to the conservation and restoration of New Zealand’s beautiful and unique ecosystems from a local to a policy level every day.

In her spare time, she likes to get involved in her community on environmental matters, whether it’s community plans, sharing her scientific knowledge with others, or helping out with beach clean ups. For a number of years, she has hosted nocturnal tours of Hamilton’s park for both children and adults, hunting for bats and other critters as part of the Waikato Museum bat tours. And when she’s not wearing her Ecology hat, she can be found running on trails, kite surfing, paragliding, doing yoga and going on adventures with her partner and dogs.

Hannah Mueller

Senior Ecology Consultant

Ian Mayhew

IAN HAS A REPUTATION FOR BEING A BIT OF A PERFECTIONIST AND FOR MAKING THE COMPLEX SEEM SIMPLE

 

Ian has a strong scientific background, and specialises in integrating complicated scientific information into major resource consent applications. He has a particular talent doing this in a way that is relevant to the application and yet still understandable to a wider, possibly non-technical, audience.

 

He has 25+ years of industry experience, and has led major consent acquisition projects for several different sectors over the years. Past examples of his work include managing the designation of the (then) Auckland City road network and managing the processing of resource consent applications for several major motorway projects.

 

Ian spent over 15 years working for the (then) Auckland Regional Council (ARC) before making the move into consulting. He was involved in a wide range of resource management projects during his time at the council. One example he's particularly proud of saw him turning the urban stormwater management programme around and transforming it into the leading-edge programme it is today.

 

Certainly no wallflower, Ian enjoys spending his spare time putting his brilliant sense of humour to use by moonlighting as a local quiz master.

Ian Mayhew

Principal Planning and Policy Consultant

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PASSIONATE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT, JADE IS A PROBLEM SOLVER WHO WORKS WELL UNDER PRESSURE

With a Masters in Science (Hons), a post graduate Diploma in Science and a Bachelor of Science, Jade joined the 4Sight Ecology team in January 2019.

Her previous experience includes producing coastal marine assessments of environmental effects, contributing to ongoing freshwater and soil monitoring compliance schemes, asbestos clearances, and air monitoring and hazardous materials surveys. In addition to this, she also has experience in occupational hygiene through mould and toxin surveys.

Interestingly, she has also worked as Interpretative Staff for the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre where she engaged with the public to discuss ongoing marine research at Leigh Marine Laboratory. She was also a volunteer researcher for Matiatia FYI, where she performed a biological assessment of the planktonic diversity of Matiatia Bay at Waiheke Island using light traps as a baseline prior to a proposed marina.

Jade is an excellent leader with the capacity to delegate tasks whilst maintaining the highest quality assurance and management procedures. She relishes the prospect of field work and gaining experience in diverse disciplines, and has the ability to analyse data efficiently and effectively to produce detailed reports.

Like most of us here 4Sight, she is a lover of the outdoors and when she’s not surfing, she’s a competent diver with experience working on projects as a scientific diver.

Jade Dudley

Ecology Consultant

JAMES ASSISTS CLIENTS IN UNLOCKING THE TRUE VALUE OF POTENTIALLY CONTAMINATED LAND THROUGH INNOVATION

James is an Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) Certified Environmental Practitioner – Site Contamination Specialist (CEnvP), with over 12 year’s experience in the environmental consulting and contaminated land management industry in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. He is also Suitably Qualified and Experienced Practitioner (SQEP) in accordance with the National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Human Health (NESCS).

 

James’ background in environmental consulting includes: contaminated site assessment and remediation, hydrogeological investigation, air pollution modelling and control, environmental impact assessment, environmental risk assessment, and project and data management. Throughout his career to date, James has been actively involved in a broad range of environmental assessments and hydrogeological investigations at a range of sites, including at petroleum retail service stations and depots; active and closed landfills, industrial and manufacturing facilities; residential; and agricultural sites. James has particular strengths in petroleum and chlorinated hydrocarbon assessment and subsequent remediation in soil, groundwater and soil vapour; in addition to having a broad understanding of the assessment requirements surrounding the rehabilitation and redevelopment of closed landfills. 

 

James specialises in providing cost-effective solutions to a client’s environmental management obligations, whether it be part of pre-purchase / divestment due-diligence; or as part of regulatory or local government requirements. James believes in leading and mentoring the Client through the process of contaminated land and environmental assessment to ultimately achieve the project goals.

 

A particular focus of James’, is innovation in the contaminated land management industry, not only around assessment technologies for emerging contaminants of concern, but also technologies that reduce wastes generated during environmental assessments so to provide sustainable and cost effective solutions.

James Blackwell

Principal Land and Water Quality Consultant

Jennifer Valentine

JENNIFER USES HER TECHNICAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT KNOWLEDGE TO DELIVER ON CLIENT EXPECTATIONS WITH A CAN-DO ATTITUDE


After an extensive run with local governments in both New Zealand and the UK, Jennifer has joined 4Sight as a Senior Planning and Policy Consultant.

 

In her previous role with Auckland Council, Jennifer effectively managed the resource consent processing of large commercial and apartment projects in Auckland’s CBD, including the extensive developments in Wynyard Quarter and the New Zealand International Convention Centre. She also represented Auckland Council at Environment Court mediation.

 

With prior consultancy experience, Jennifer is also capable of preparing resource consent applications and providing policy advice on various regional and district plans for clients. 
Jennifer is focused on client relationships and delivering on client expectations with a positive can-do attitude. She is well regarded for her technical resource management knowledge, particularly in relation to resource consents. 

Jennifer Valentine

Principal Planning and Policy Consultant

Jerome Wyeth

CONSULTANT BY DAY, IRONMAN IN HIS SPARE TIME, JEROME APPLIES THE SAME LEVEL OF ENERGY AND COMMITMENT TO BOTH

Jerome is an energetic, extremely focused member of the team who never seems to stop. He provides policy and planning services to private sector, local government and central government clients. Jerome has more than 9 years of planning experience and has worked in local government, central government and the private sector.

Some of his recent work has seen him act on behalf of Wellington Council to advise on and coordinate their statutory response to the design and construction phase of the Transmission Gully highway. He's also working alongside another council to manage a complex waste water consent variation and to help finalise their Freshwater proposal.

 

On the central government side of his work, Jerome is currently involved in the RMA reforms which involves policy advice, Ministerial briefings and leading a range of RMA plan review and evaluation projects.

 

Jerome also works with a large number of private sector clients. He is currently the Wellington Lead Planner for Two Degrees Mobile, where he works with councils and district plans across the country to provide efficient resource consent acquisition.

 

After starting his planning career at the Auckland Regional Council, Jerome worked for the Ministry for the Environment and was heavily involved in the 2009 amendments to the RMA before moving into to the private sector.  

Jerome Wyeth

Senior Planning and Policy Consultant

Joanna Laurenson

ENTHUSIASTIC AND COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE, JOANNA IS MOTIVATED TO PROVIDE EXPERT PLANNING ASSISTANCE THAT DELIVERS POSITIVE AND SUSTAINABLE OUTCOMES

 

Joanna has worked as a Planner for over 5 years, obtaining resource consents for a wide range of activities in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Her consenting experience includes large scale photovoltaic power stations, a 7km long high-voltage cable route, multi-unit residential subdivision and housing developments, regional consents and Department of Conservation permits.  

 

Joanna has extensive stakeholder engagement and community consultation experience, and enjoys working closely with elected representatives, community groups, government agencies, council officers and tangata whenua.

 

Committed to delivering high quality planning advice, Joanna has experience preparing thorough due diligence, planning risk assessment and planning compliance reports for businesses and clients.

 

With an academic background in environmental resource management, Joanna was included in the Dean’s List for academic excellence in 2011 and received a Research Scholarship in 2012. As part of the scholarship Joanna researched and reported on the practicalities and costs of offsetting Victoria University of Wellington’s annual carbon emission profile, through measures other than purchasing credits on the open market.

 

As an outdoors enthusiast, Joanna appreciates the kiwi way of life and is making the most of being back in Aotearoa.

 

Joanna Laurenson

Planning and Policy Consultant

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INTEGRITY, ENTHUSIASM AND CRITICAL THINKING DRIVE JOHN TO PROBLEM SOLVE AND ACHIEVE THE BEST PLANNING AND POLICY OUTCOMES

John joined the 4Sight team in October 2018 as a Planning and Policy Consultant. He has a broad range of practical and theoretical knowledge on current planning practice, policy and legislation, preparing and writing assessments of environmental effects and the entire resource consent process.

With a Bachelor of Planning (Hons) Degree from Auckland University, John previously worked at Burton Planning Consultants where he gained experience in preparing and lodging complex resource consent applications and outlining plan of works, preparing formal submissions, submissions and evidence on Proposed Plan Changes, Reserve Management Plans and Notices of Requirements across New Zealand. John also has experience providing client consultation and management services and became an intermediate member of the NZPI in 2017.

John’s passions don’t only lie in environmental planning, policy and problem solving, he’s a skilled musician and fills his spare time writing and playing music across the country. He also actively volunteers for the Auckland Helicopter Rescue Trust, enjoys scuba diving, riding motorbikes, is a trained surf life-saver and a health and safety event manager.

John McCall

Planning and Policy Consultant

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KAHLIA BELIEVES IT’S HER ROLE TO ASSIST IN IMPLEMENTING THE BEST ENVIRONMENTAL OUTCOMES SHE CAN, NO MATTER THE SIZE OR NATURE OF THE PROJECT

With a Bachelor of Planning with Honours from Auckland University, Kahlia joined the 4Sight team in October 2018 and is a Planning and Policy Consultant.

With expertise in resource consent and policy work, her previous resource consenting project work includes childcare centres, service stations, terminal and wharfline upgrades, and various other consent work for both regional and district councils throughout New Zealand. Her policy experience includes submissions and written hearing statements for proposed plans and plan changes including the proposed Marlborough Environment Plan and others.

Kahlia believes planning is about creating good environmental outcomes and is enthusiastic to work across a broad range of planning projects in future.

In her spare time, she enjoys dance classes and likes to bush walk and tramp around New Zealand.

Kahlia Thomas

Planning and Policy Consultant

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WITH A FORTHRIGHT PERSONALITY, KAREN IS A LATERAL THINKER, WITH A KEEN ANALYTICAL ABILITY AND SOUND JUDGEMENT

Karen has been a full Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute since 1995, and as you would expect, has an extensive knowledge of the theory and application of statutory implementations, resource consents, and all policy aspects of resource management. Now a Principal Planning Consultant at 4Sight Consulting, she previously worked at Burton Planning Consultants where she was a Director between 2005 and 2018. Prior to moving into consultancy in 1997, Karen worked in both local and central government.

She is a proven and respected planner in the industry, with her experience including the successful delivery of policy advice and the preparation of a wide variety of resource consent applications for a range of clients - including councils, property developers and private individuals, and providing analysis of and submissions on a variety of statutory and non-statutory resource management documents throughout the country such as Regional and District Plans, Plan Changes and ad-hoc policy documents. Karen has also assisted in the preparation and lodgement of private Plan Changes, presentation of evidence and submissions on resource management aspects of a wide range of issues (at both policy and consent levels) and including land development matters (particularly residential and recreational), utilities, contaminated land, hazardous substances, noise, water and soil issues.

Karen is a confident, adaptable and enthusiastic person, whose comprehensive understanding of the broader planning process gives her the ability to maintain a strategic vision while maintaining attention to detail - a strong combination.

Karen Blair

Principal Planning and Policy Consultant

Katrina Browne

POSITIVE, APPROACHABLE AND A STRATEGIC THINKER, KATRINA IS ALWAYS FOCUSED ON ACHIEVING THE BEST RESULT FOR CLIENTS

 

Katrina is a highly regarded multi-disciplinary project manager with over 12 years of wide-ranging experience across Government, Industry and Private Sectors.

 

Demonstrating proficiency in communication has given Katrina the ability to build rapport and lasting relationships with people of all backgrounds.

 

Throughout her career, Katrina has proven to be a skilled strategic problem solver with a robust risk management approach and impeccable focus.

 

Her open and constructive leadership style and passion for collaboration has consistently fostered great teams and delivered great project results.

 

Katrina has an MSc majoring in Earth Sciences from the University of Waikato.

Katrina Browne

Senior Planning and Policy Consultant

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KELLY WORKS COLLABORATIVELY TO BUILD EFFECTIVE RELATIONSHIPS, AND TAKES AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO POLICY AND CONSENTING

Kelly is focussed on delivering best practice resource management and environmental outcomes for our clients. He has formulated environmental assessments and approval strategies, obtained approvals, and prepared submissions and hearing statements. He provides expert environmental consenting and compliance advice, including having facilitated approval and environmental processes for Transpower's largest maintenance project.

 

Kelly’s experience includes engaging with applicants, councils, iwi authorities, the community, and a variety of agencies to enable appropriate development. He has worked with parties such as Auckland Transport, Auckland Council, Transpower, Heritage New Zealand, Department of Conservation, Ministry for the Environment, and NIWA.

 

A keen mountain biker, freediver and surfer with a passion for travel, Kelly is knowledgeable in Tikanga Māori with growing Te Reo Māori competencies. He is currently furthering his knowledge with studies at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Kelly Parekowhai

Planning and Policy Consultant

Keren Bennett

KEREN'S FOCUSED TENACITY ENSURES THAT NO STONE IS  LEFT UNTURNED

Keren is 4Sight's  ecology manager and principal freshwater ecologist. Her work sees her designing, managing and implementing surveys; carrying out ecological impact assessments; and producing detailed reports based on her findings for private, corporate and local government clients .

 

Keren works with a variety of stakeholders on her projects and urban development, transport, quarrying and the dairy industry are just a few examples of the different sectors she's worked with over the years.

 

Her extremely high level of technical expertise has been gained through years of experience working in streams, rivers and wetlands all over New Zealand. Sampling fish and macroinvertebratecommunities, carrying out assessments of habitat features and analysing water quality in a variety of different environments are just a few of the projects she has worked on over the years.

 

Keren often works alongside other professionals such as engineers, planners, designers and contractors to identify ecological constraints and identify opportunities to mitigate damage – with the aim of achieving sustainable outcomes for the project.

 

She also has experience preparing and presenting expert ecological evidence on a variety of projects at Council, Housing Accord and Special Housing Areas (HASHA) and Environment Court hearings. 

Keren Bennett

Ecology Manager, Principal Ecology Consultant

KIRSTEN BELIEVES IN A BETTER WORLD, AND SHE’S WORKING TIRELESSLY ON MANY FRONTS TO ACHIEVE IT

 

Kirsten’s current position with 4Sight involves assisting with resource consents, administration, planning inquiries and research. Kirsten also aids in providing advice to stakeholders as well as assessing statutory planning requirements. She is highly-motivated, and is pouring that energy into our projects here.

 

Alongside her degree, which included environmental, policy, social policy, Treaty of Waitangi and urban design papers, Kirsten also puts a great deal of energy into volunteer and part-time work. She was a fundraising promoter for nearly two years with World Vision New Zealand and also worked in sales and advertising for child sponsorship in different environments. Kirsten also represented and promoted World Vision at community events. For two years she accompanied international students on excursions to Auckland tourist attractions as a guide. Before that she was a volunteer Youth Leader at Forrest Hill Presbyterian Church, organising and running events and studies, and preparing lessons for group members.

 

We’re lucky to have someone on staff whose youth, enthusiasm and idealism are exactly what is needed to preserve our land and waterways.


Kirsten Binnie

Planning and Policy Consultant

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KYLE HAS BIG AMBITIONS – NOTHING LESS THAN MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE TO THE LONG-TERM FUTURE OF OUR PLANET

 

Kyle is part of our Land and Water Quality team at 4sight Consulting Ltd. He comes from a construction background, so he describes his attitude to projects as, “just get stuck in and do the job right”. His interest in element circulation systems led him to pursue the study of biogeochemistry. 

 

This includes the influence of physical, biological and chemical processes on the surface of the Earth. Also involved is tracing the processing of energy and materials in Earth’s ecosystems, and the impact of humans on Earth’s system functions.  

 

Kyle gained his Bachelor of Science (Environmental Biogeosciences) at Lincoln University – studying within a wide range of natural science disciplines, including:

 

  • Atmosphere: Weather and Climate Science, Biogeochemistry and Climate Change

  • Global and Environmental Issues: Environmental Monitoring and Resource Assessment, Environmental Physics, Earth Science and Ecology

  • Invertebrate and Microbial Biology

  • Soil: Advanced Soil Science

  • Water: Freshwater Resources, Water Science and Technology, Water on Land – Quality and Quantity, Water Resources and Hazards

 

Kyle is a natural enthusiast who enjoys the challenges of the job and cares deeply about water quality and its impact on future ecosystems – animal, plant and human.

 

Kyle Redshaw

Land and Water Quality Consultant

Laurence Beckett

DEPENDABLE AND FRIENDLY, LAURENCE IS HIGHLY EXPERIENCED AND IS HELD IN HIGH REGARD BY HIS INDUSTRY PEERS

 

Laurence is a highly experienced planning consultant with over 13 years' experience. He assesses and advises on our clients' development proposals to see them through the consenting and compliance processes of their projects.

 

He recently worked on a project that went before the Board of Inquiry, and has extensive experience helping clients prepare and lodge resource consent applications and submissions on district plan change proposals.

 

Before moving to 4Sight in June 2014, Laurence spent 14 years working at Spencer Holmes Ltd. Over the years he was responsible for project managing development proposals through the consent process for several key clients, presenting evidence to resource consent and plan change hearings and advising colleagues on the implications of changes to planning regulations and legislation.

 

Laurence is a friendly, approachable guy who enjoys talking about his work and sharing his experience with others. Because of this, he's built strong working relationships with other related industry professionals over the years and is a well-respected member of the New Zealand Planning Institute. He also has past experience working in a hearings advisory role.

Laurence Beckett

Senior Planning and Policy Consultant

Marguerite Nakielski

MARGUERITE HAS BUILT HER CAREER AROUND PROMOTING CLEAN SOIL AND WATER FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS

 
Marguerite is a Senior Environmental Scientist with seven years experience in environmental contamination investigation and mitigation. Her qualifications include a Master of Science (Hons) from the University of Auckland. She majored in Environmental Science, studying the assessment and management of contaminated sites and water quality. In 2009 she completed her thesis on heavy metal contamination in Antarctic soil and water. 

 

She specialises in contaminant chemistry, with a focus on contaminant exposure pathways. Her broad and valuable experience includes soil and water contamination investigation techniques, resource management, and Resource Management Act processes. Remediation is another field close to her heart.

 

Marguerite is a natural problem solver (not surprisingly considering her field of expertise). She is both a team member and a mentor, as required. She is highly motivated to expand her professional development and growth. Marguerite is adaptive, pragmatic, resilient, someone who takes ownership of her projects and committed to achieving environmental best outcomes.


Marguerite Nakielski

Senior Land and Water Quality Consultant

Mark Ashby

MARK BELIEVES THE KEY TO COMING UP WITH AN EFFECTIVE SOLUTION IS TO THOROUGHLY UNDERSTAND THE CLIENT'S POINT OF VIEW 

 

 Mark is responsible for growing our Wellington office and building relationships with our clients. He has 30+ years' experience gained in consulting and local, regional and central government. Mark's skills include impact assessment, district and regional planning and preparing and presenting expert evidence.

 

He still has direct input to some of our clients' projects where his background in working on extremely complicated consent acquisition projects is invaluable. Major projects that Mark has worked on in the past include acquiring consents for prisons, youth justice facilities, wind farms and central city office developments.

 

An important part of Mark's role as a professional planner involves him acting as an expert witness at council hearings and the Environment Court. Keen to keep himself on the cutting edge, Mark has completed the Ministry for the Environment sponsored “Making Good Decisions” programme, which certifies him as an independent hearings commissioner.

 

Mark was a member of the NZ Wind Energy Association Board from 2004-2007, and received an award from the Resource Management Law Association (RMLA) for policy work in relation to planning for wind energy. He is a longstanding member of the Wellington Branch committee of the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI), and also a regular member of interview panels for planners seeking full membership of the Institute.

Mark Ashby

Wellington Manager, Principal Planning and Policy Consultant

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MARK INTEGRATES HANDS-ON PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE WITH THEORETICAL AND ANALYTICAL SKILLS TO PROMOTE TANGIBLE SOLUTIONS FOR COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL APPLICATIONS

Mark started at 4Sight in September 2018 with the Environmental Risk and Safety team. His role focuses on asbestos surveying, assessment, monitoring and management. Mark comes from a construction background with a passion for sustainable development that utilises science and innovative products to improve public health and reduce environmental impact.

Mark has a BSc. in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC Berkeley, California where he explored strategies to promote sustainable interactions between natural resources and development. Other key components of his interdisciplinary degree included water resources management, climate change resilience and environmental policy.

Mark currently volunteers to improve the water quality at his local beach, collaborating with Swimsafe, council and the community. He also enjoys spending time on or near the water with his family and friends.

Mark Ashforth

Environmental Risk and Safety Consultant

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MARK HAS A WELL-DEVELOPED PLANNING SKILL SET, AND IT’S THAT, COUPLED WITH HIS EXCELLENT PROJECT MANAGEMENT SKILLS, THAT MAKE HIM AN ASSET TO THE TEAM

With over a decade’s worth of experience in the planning industry, Mark joined the 4Sight team in October 2018 as a Senior Planning and Policy Consultant where his well-developed planning skill set, coupled with his excellent communication and project management skills, make him an asset to the team.

He has worked across a range of projects in both public and private sectors and has extensive experience in consents, policy and compliance, with a particularly sound grounding in minerals, waste management, and contaminated land matters as well as large scale land use development.

His recent experience includes obtaining regional, district and NESCS consents to undertake significant development on contaminated land, processing of resource consents for a range of discharges to land and water and securing resource consents for storm water and de-watering discharges from HAIL sites. He has been widely involved in analysis of Proposed Plans and Plan Changes around the country and has appeared in hearings and the Environment Court. He has also processed resource consents and undertaken compliance work for a regional authority.

Mark spent six years in England where he worked in both policy and consenting roles, dealing primarily with mineral, waste and school development. He experienced a full spectrum of minor to major planning applications in those fields, including in the areas of waste treatment, recycling and disposal.

Mark is happiest when out running, on the cricket field, and spending time with his wife and beloved Labrador.

Mark Laurenson

Senior Planning and Policy Consultant

Mark Poynter

MARK HAS A GIFT FOR BEING ABLE TO SEE THE BIG PICTURE AND FIND A SOLUTION THAT STRIKES THE RIGHT BALANCE

 

Mark joined 4Sight in August 2014 after running his own successful consulting practice for 12 years. He now gives scientific and resource advice to our private sector and local government clients, and is a specialist in marine and estuarine investigations.

 

In addition to being responsible for running our Northland office, Mark oversees the marine biological, habitat and water quality surveys carried out for our clients. He has extensive experience working in the port and marine industries, and his wider experience includes assessments of discharges of process water, wastewater and stormwater on the marine environment.  He also has a wide knowledge and a long record of contract work in relation to the effects of water abstractions on small stream ecosystems. 

 

With more than 33 years of experience, Mark is one of our most experienced Ecologists. His work often requires analysis of regional water and soil plans, the NZ Coastal Policy Statement, National Environmental Standards and regional coastal plans. He has also been an expert witness before Judicial Committees and the Environment Court on many project, and is frequently involved in expert caucusing, mediation and consultation with iwi and resource users as part of his work under the RMA.

Mark Poynter

Northland Manager, Principal Ecology Consultant

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MATTHEW IS A VERSATILE AND EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL WITH A PASSION FOR PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

 

With strong local government experience both in New Zealand and abroad in the UK, Matthew is a versatile and experienced professional with strong regulatory planning skills and a passion for people and the environment.

 

He has a strong understanding of the RMA, with previous experience as a Senior Planner at Auckland Council. Matthew has appeared in numerous Council hearings and appeared before the Environment Court of New Zealand as a expert witness. His strengths in planning have been utilised for a variety of projects which have included a variety of large scale urban and suburban development both in New Zealand and in central London, as well as telecommunications, rural and parklands projects.

 

Matthew is comfortable in a variety of challenging situations and has previously applied his project management skills alongside a strong interest in cultural history to the tourism industry, having worked as a tour guide across Europe. 

Matthew Thode

Senior Planning and Policy Consultant

Max Dunn

MAX LOVES NOTHING MORE THAN SHARING HIS 30+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE WITH THE TEAM  

In addition to managing 4Sight's Planning Services team, Max lends his meticulous mind to a variety of client projects. He carries out development planning and environmental investigation work on electrical supply, marina, residential, industrial plant, port and tourism projects for our public and private sector clients.

 

Max has over 30 years of experience working on environmental and transportation planning projects. Over the years he's worked for a territorial authority, a regional council and several different consultancies. During that time he's worn many hats - as an investigator, a project manager, a technical expert and a mediator.

 

Max has had some major successes over the course of his career. These include being granted resource consents for eight marina projects, the most recent being for the Orakei and Sandspit marinas. He has also helped clients initiate and develop successful bush lot, farm park and residential subdivisions, along with a retirement village.

 

Max also managed the preparation of the first Northland Regional Policy Statement and the first Kaipara District Plan. He saw the latter through to being made operative after successful mediation of the appeals.  He has also undertaken planning policy work for the former Auckland and Manukau City Councils, and has been involved as an expert witness in several private plan changes.

Max Dunn

Principal Planning and Policy Consultant

EXPERIENCED AND DRIVEN, WHEN YOU WORK WITH MEGAN YOU CAN EXPECT TO ACHIEVE RESULTS

 

With over 5 years’ experience in resource management, Megan divides her time between the Auckland and Gisborne offices sharing her wealth of policy and consenting knowledge, plus her thorough understanding of statutory planning processes, with an array of clients on a range of projects.

Since joining the 4Sight team, she has been involved in a number of consent and Certificate of Compliance applications for private, corporate and local government clients, and has provided feasibility advice for a variety of projects in the North Island. She has obtained a number of rural subdivision and land use consents for a range of Gisborne and Hawkes Bay clients, including the Gisborne District Council, and assisted in the preparation of various policies and plans for territorial authorities including the Far North District Council and Gisborne District Council. She has also provided policy support on a range of central government policy development projects.

In a previous role at Gisborne District Council, Megan was heavily involved in setting up a new framework for efficiency and effectiveness monitoring, and as a result of this work, she was asked to present her findings at the Australasian Natural Hazards Conference and to contribute to Planning Quarterly Magazine.

Megan was previously seconded to the Auckland Council City Centre team, where she undertook plan checks for building consents, prepared liquor planning certificates, processed resource consents in-house, and successfully acted as a duty planner providing email, phone, and face-to-face planning advice to the public. She continues to process resource consents on behalf of the Council.

A keen equestrian, Megan loves getting outdoors and making the most of all the benefits that both Auckland and Gisborne have to offer.

 

Megan Dever

Senior Planning and Policy Consultant

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MELISSA'S CLIENTS SEE HER AS SOMEONE THEY CAN GO TO FOR THE RIGHT ADVICE TO HELP THEM MAKE CRITICAL DECISIONS WITH CONFIDENCE

 

A Senior Planning and Policy Consultant at 4Sight, Melissa has significant land development experience, and has prepared combined land use, subdivision and regional consents for land development projects across Auckland. She also has significant experience in the telecommunications industry working with both Vodafone and 2degrees.

She has been involved in several policy projects over the years in both the private and public sector and has provided policy advice and planning expertise for clients such as Auckland Airport, NZTA, Mighty River Power, the New Zealand Poultry Industry, the Department of Corrections and Soil and Health New Zealand. She is currently working with the Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry for Primary Industries on the preparation of national policy statements and national environmental standards.

Melissa also has experience in both district and regional consenting and policy, and has represented clients and Council hearings and Environment Court mediations. She also has significant project management experience including due diligence investigations, financial management and running large, multidisciplinary teams.

 

Melissa Pearson (née Douché)

Senior Planning and Policy Consultant

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INFORMED PERSPECTIVES AND FORESIGHT ARE KEY TO HOW MELISSA ENGAGES WITH HER CLIENTS

Melissa is a Senior Planning and Policy Consultant with over 13 years’ experience in resource management. Her experience as a Planner includes working for both district and regional councils and in the private consultancy sector in both the North Island and the South Island of New Zealand. She joins the 4Sight team having assisted Southwark Council in the United Kingdom and Dunedin City Council in New Zealand in successfully defending Council’s decisions in the Environment Court.

As a Senior Planner she will be assisting our development clients with preparing and lodging resource consent applications, as well as assisting District and Regional Council’s with their consent processing requirements. Her broad experience in resource management means she is well skilled at identifying and addressing the key obstacles/risks and solutions for a project and/or development to succeed and in making an application stand out for a smoother path for approval.

Her background has included assisting telecommunications companies, both in New Zealand and within the United Kingdom, with the roll-out of 2G and 3G mobile networks. Her experience in coordinating multiple experts in order to identify optimum sites, acquire sites and to secure sites throughout the consent process has made her a key player in achieving this.

 

She enjoys the process and challenges that go with the consent process and has an inherent knowledge of ‘both sides of the fence’ which allows her to navigate the process well for her clients. She carries out the dual role of assisting clients and consolidating relationships with Council’s and third parties well which consolidates good working relationships and continued work with clients.

 

Off duty, Melissa is a keen netball player currently in training for the Masters Games 2020 and in her spare time, she enjoys property development speculation.

 

Melissa Shipman

Senior Planning and Policy Consultant

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MICHELLE HAS A WELL-DEVELOPED PLANNING AND PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILL SET AND A FANTASTIC ABILITY TO DEVELOP GOOD WORKING RELATIONSHIPS WITH CLIENTS AND THE COUNCIL

Michelle started with the 4Sight team in January 2019 as a Senior Planning and Policy Consultant working alongside the Planning and Policy team to obtain resource consents for clients (primarily within the oil industry) and to assist with policy work e.g. reviewing district plans, stormwater and trade waste bylaws, and global consents.

With a Masters of Resource and Environmental Planning (with distinction), her previous experience includes 3 years in Tauranga as a Consultant Planner working with private clients and processing consents for Council, 5 years in London working in senior consenting roles and as a special project officer for the London Borough of Southwark, and 5 years with Burton Planning Consultants.

She is a full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute and is passionate about development, working with clients and shaping projects to achieve the best possible results for both her clients and the environment. An outdoors enthusiast, when she’s not in the office, she loves spending time with her two children, particularly at the beach, surfing, swimming and fishing. She also loves running, horse riding and tramping.

Michelle Kemp

Senior Planning and Policy Consultant

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MIKE IS HARDWORKING, PERSONABLE, HIGHLY EXPERIENCED AND ALWAYS HAS THE CLIENTS NEEDS AND MATTERS TOP OF MIND

Mike joined 4Sight in April 2019 as a Senior Property Consultant based in Dunedin. With degrees in Law and Psychology from Otago University, Mike’s role includes conducting site acquisition, contractual negotiation, relationship management, problem solving, property management and other property related matters, with a focus on the telecommunications industry.

Prior to his time at 4Sight, Mike was in a short-term policy and projects position at Dunedin City Council and before this, he practised as a lawyer for top firms and at a major financial institution in both New Zealand and Australia for 11 years. Throughout his career he has specialised in contract advice, risk management, being a trusted advisor, and stakeholder/relationship management. Needless to say, we are thrilled to have his legal advisory and project coordination expertise on board to help lead our clients through their property matters.

He grew up in a southern rural town and has an immense appreciation and love for the outdoors, understanding how important it is to sustain and protect our environment. Now living in Dunedin, he and his family regularly venture to the mountains and lakes of Central Otago and to the amazing Otago beaches and coastline. A keen Highlanders fan, he also writes and publishes children’s books to entertain his kids in his spare time.

Michael Seymour

Senior Property Consultant

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MITCHELL APPROACHES EVERYTHING
WITH A CAN-DO ATTITUDE, BELIEVING IT’S HIS ROLE AS A PLANNER TO DELIVER THE BEST OUTCOMES FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Mitchell joined the 4Sight team at the beginning of 2019 and holds a Bachelor of Urban Planning, with Honours, from the University of Auckland.

The degree encompassed all aspects of planning, which in turn, has provided him with an extensive knowledge of the industry. He feels as though he has found his passion in urban design, ecology and social and cultural planning, and believes that planning is the key to New Zealand, not to mention the world, moving towards an increasingly sustainable future.

Mitchell is an extremely personable person and has a keen eye for detail. He approaches everything with a hard-working and can-do attitude and is not afraid of a challenge. Outside of work, Mitchell enjoys getting outdoors and continues to volunteer at the University’s student radio station 95bFM.

Mitchell Fuller

Planning and Policy Consultant

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MONIQUE IS APPROACHABLE, LEVEL HEADED AND HIGHLY ORGANISED WITH A GENUINE INTEREST IN THE 4SIGHT TEAMS WELL BEING

As the Talent and Culture Business Partner at 4Sight, Monique’s role is to ensure 4Sight’s culture and people are given the opportunities they need to grow and develop in accordance with the company’s vision, mission and values.

With a customer focused attitude, high level of professionalism and an understanding that work plays a massive role in people’s lives, she is intent on maintaining our positive, upbeat culture daily and upholding our ‘work life balance’ work ethic.

Monique understands the team dynamic, and is therefore invaluable when it comes to inducting new staff and implementing company-wide processes.

She has a Masters Degree in Environmental Science and experience in technical science roles, giving her a sound knowledge of the environmental planning industry and an overall understanding of the challenges that face our team on a daily basis. This, combined with her previous role in a Human Resources agency and her passion for the great outdoors, means she is ideally suited to the Talent and Culture Business Partner role.

Monique Wheat

Talent and Culture Business Partner

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MORGAN IS DRIVEN, WITH A STRONG DEVOTION TO PLANNING AND ITS FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

 

Joining the 4Sight team in April 2019, Morgan is an Intermediate Planning and Policy Consultant, based in Dunedin, whose breadth of knowledge and experience makes her a strong addition to the 4Sight Planning team.

She has a degree in Arts from the University of Otago, specialising in Geography and History, and is responsible for preparing and processing resource consents, planning inquiries and research, providing advice to stakeholders, and assessing statutory planning requirements.

Prior to her time at 4Sight, Morgan worked at the Clutha District Council as the sole dedicated planner for all day-to-day resource management and planning operations. The role enabled her to develop a deep understanding of land use and subdivision resource consents, building consents, compliance and monitoring, and policy submissions on behalf of Council.

She is a passionate advocate for the planning disciplines’ future and is heavily involved with the NZPIs Emerging Planners Group. Her work with the NZPI ranges from representing her region to being in the core working group who developed the institutes 2019 strategic plan. And her sentiment for continuous learning doesn’t stop there, Morgan is also currently working towards completing her Masters in Planning at Otago University.

Morgan Ramsay

Policy and Planning Consultant

A KEEN SURFER WITH A PASSION FOR PRESERVING THE ENVIRONMENT THROUGH POSITIVE OUTCOMES


Nigel heads up 4Sight’s Dunedin office and works tirelessly to deliver our high-quality services to existing clients, as well as exploring new opportunities for us to showcase our expertise. With 20 years’ resource management experience, Nigel brings strong leadership skills to projects and an ability to foster excellent working relationships with clients and within project teams.

 

His specialist knowledge in project managing large Green/Brown field development projects includes dealing with development proposals in some of New Zealand’s most sensitive landscape settings and he has been involved with delivering sustainable development projects in some of London’s large-scale brownfield regeneration projects and aviation development projects at Heathrow Airport, London.

 

Nigel’s extensive work throughout the South Island, including projects in Queenstown, Wanaka, Dunedin, Timaru and wider Canterbury and Southland regions, has given him an excellent understanding of the integrated nature of the New Zealand planning system, and this enables him to deliver innovative solutions in the projects and processes he is involved with.

 

His skills aren’t just confined to planning though, and his strategic nous allows him to develop and implement innovative marketing approaches for new private sector, corporate and local body clients. Underpinning all his work is an undying passion for the the environment, including the coastal environment and you will often find him in the water getting his next surfing fix.

 

Nigel has a Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning degree from Massey University and is a full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

 

Nigel Bryce

Dunedin Manager, Principal Planning and Policy Consultant

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NIGEL USES HIS EXPERIENCE IN CONSULTANCY, COUNCIL AND INDUSTRY TO DELIVER QUALITY, PRAGMATIC ADVICE TO HIS CLIENTS


Nigel is a dedicated environmental professional with 15 years experience and a strong focus on delivering high quality and pragmatic advice to clients. 


Working across a broad range of environmental management and risk assessment practices, both in New Zealand and Australia, Nigel's experience includes contaminated land assessment and remediation, environmental due diligence and risk assessment (transactional and advisory services), and HSE management systems implementation and auditing.


Nigel is adept at identifying and quantifying environmental risk, and balancing these risks within a commercial setting. He has used these skills to assist in multiple business transactions in New Zealand, from small-scale property development, to industrial transactions such as advising Oji Holdings Corporation on their acquisition of the CHH Pulp and Paper business.

 

While he thoroughly enjoys the project variety within an environmental consultancy, Nigel’s career has also included local council and industry positions, allowing him to see the big picture and work effectively across sectors and industries.

 
Nigel holds a Master of Science (Hons – Coastal Geomorphology) from the University of Auckland.

 

Nigel Mather

Principal Land and Water Quality Consultant

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A TRUE ECO-WARRIOR, OLIVER LIVES AND BREATHES MARINE BIOLOGY (BUT NO NEED TO CHECK, HE DOESN'T HAVE GILLS)  

 

As an Ecology Consultant, Oliver’s primary focus is to enhance the relationship between human society and the natural environment – building a more positive and sustainable world for all. In 2012, he was awarded a BayerBoost Environmental Scholarship by the Royal Society of New Zealand to study the effects of pollution on microbial processes in the Wellington Harbour.

 

Following this, Oliver completed a Master degree exploring the impact of environmental stressors on the metabolic functioning of the symbiotic sea anemone, Anthopleura aureoradiata.

 

Oliver is an ocean enthusiast and is passionate about working with individuals, groups and organisations to enable positive environmental outcomes.

 

From marine ecology to molecular biology, environmental monitoring and ecological restoration, Oliver has a breadth of experience and expertise that is invaluable to the ecology team at 4Sight.

 

Oliver is a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and holds a Masters degree with First Class Honours in Marine Biology, and a Bachelor of Science in Ecology & Biodiversity from Victoria University of Wellington.  He is also a coordinator for Experiencing Marine Reserves, running community guided snorkel days.

Oliver Bone

Ecology Consultant

Pamela Kane-Sanderson

PAMELA CARES DEEPLY ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT AND BRINGS THIS PASSION TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF HER PROJECTS 

Since joining 4Sight in February 2015, Pamela has been involved in a wide range of projects monitoring and surveying various different species in their respective environments.

That being said, she does have specialist skills in monitoring New Zealand flora and fauna – particularly in freshwater and marine environments. She is often involved in every step of a project – from design to reporting and has experience working with a range of different species including bats, fish and marine animals.

 

Pamela has worked on a range of scientific projects over the years, and has extensive knowledge and practical experience in survey techniques, implications of recruitment variability, ecology and the management of threatened species.

 

She recently completed a Master's in Marine Science with First Class Honours at the University of Auckland, where she investigated the catchability of New Zealand's rock lobster. She also assisted in a range of other fieldwork projects including fish surveys, scallop collection and camera deployments on top of completing her thesis. 

Pamela Kane-Sanderson

Ecology Consultant

 

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IT’S EASY TO GET CAUGHT UP IN THE DETAILS, BUT PETE HAS A WAY OF EXPLAINING THEM THAT MAKES SENSE AND IS TO THE POINT

Pete joined 4Sight in February 2019 as a Senior Coastal Scientist with ten years’ experience in marine science and research. His qualifications include a Master of Science Degree (with honours) in Chemistry from the University of Waikato and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Marine Biogeochemistry from Auckland University of Technology.

He has developed his expertise in assessing coastal sediment and water quality working on a range of small- and large-scale projects, including developing a rapid method for assessing the environmental impact of marine farms; carrying out investigations to identify sources of faecal contamination using microbial source tracking; and developing, implementing and reporting on regional state of the environment coastal water and sediment quality programmes.

Pete has provided technical advice to a broad range of audiences, including Councillors, policy writers, district councils, district health boards, and community boards. His previous work experience has made him familiar with assessing work in the context of national guidance, such as the RMA, NZ Coastal Policy Statement and the recreational water quality guidelines, as well as regional plans. One of his strengths is communicating technical information to non-technical audiences.

The coast and its waters have always been a special place for Pete. He spent most of his childhood holidays on the Coromandel swimming and fishing. Pete is a PADI rescue diver and enjoys spending as much time under the water as he can, which is never as much as he’d like! Pete has also been a Trustee for the anti-human-trafficking charity, Préscha for over 10 years and helped developed an NCEA accredited high school education resource that is taught at over 40 schools across the country.

Pete Wilson

Senior Coastal Scientist

 

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REBECCA'S THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX ATTITUDE HELPS HER TO ACHIEVE BALANCED ENVIRONMENTAL OUTCOMES  

 

Rebecca is a Senior Landscape Architect currently assisting in the leadership of projects within the Landscape Urbanism team. 

 

She has been a practising landscape architect for the last six years working across design, planning and project management in both public and private companies. During that time, she’s been involved in community parks and recreation, environmental and civic development projects for Council’s in Rotorua, Wellington, and Kapiti, before working in multi-residential and commercial design in Vancouver. Rebecca also brings with her extensive experience in iwi and community engagement, resource consent application reviews and project coordination from concept through to installation.

 

Throughout her career, Rebecca has helped organise the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA) conferences and events, and assisted the Rotorua Branch as Treasurer. She also holds a Certificate in Environmental Management and is studying towards a Masters In Applied Management to support the responsibilities of her role.

 

Rebecca is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects and the New Zealand Recreation Association.

 


 

Rebecca Cray

Senior Landscape Architect

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BUILDING SUCCESSFUL BRANDS & RELATIONSHIPS DRIVES REBEKAH, WHILST HER PASSION FOR MARKETING MEANS SHE IS CONTINUOUSLY STRIVING TO BE AT THE FOREFRONT OF MARKETING TRENDS

With a strong background in direct marketing and media, Rebekah’s strengths lie in brand and relationship management, targeted campaigns, website design and analysis, customer behaviour analysis, and graphic design.

She joined the 4Sight team in mid 2018 and has been working alongside its directors, the administration team and the wider 4Sight team to achieve its marketing and branding needs ever since.

With over 9 years’ experience in the marketing game, Rebekah’s previous experience includes working as an Account Manager for a marketing and loyalty strategy consultancy where she managed the day to day operations for some of New Zealand’s biggest retail, corporate and financial loyalty brands. Part of this day to day management included designing web and marketing campaigns, managing web content and design, and delivering insightful and engaging reports and communications to meet the needs of her clients.

She is a confident communicator with an eye for detail and is a skilled copywriter. Fun fact - she previously wrote weather scripts for TV3’s morning news show Firstline. Her understanding of Google Analytics and identifying marketing trends in her previous roles has also enabled her to successfully produce marketing reviews, analytical and financial reports and targeted production of direct marketing materials.

Having been brought up in a family who strongly believed in keeping New Zealand beautiful and leaving places as you found them, 4SIght was a natural fit for Rebekah. And when she’s not at the beach, bush walking or snowboarding in winter, she’s most likely thinking about her next marketing campaign and how 4SIght can continue to encourage and provide balanced, sustainable solutions for its clients.

Rebekah Liddle

Brand Manager

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RENÈE'S DIVERSE CAREER PORTFOLIO HAS PROVEN HER EXCEPTIONAL CAPABILITIES AS A LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT AND COMMITMENT TO INNOVATION IN THE FIELD, BOTH LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY 

Renèe is a Principal Landscape Architect, leading an innovative landscape urbanism team and delivering high-quality outcomes for the human and natural environments.

 

Renèe has been a practising landscape architect, educator and manager for the last 22 years. During that time, she’s been involved in public development, protection and community instigated projects throughout Auckland, as well as working for Councils across the country, including Wellington and Waitakere City Councils. She’s also led the Landscape and Architecture Department at Unitec Institute of Technology, before being made Dean of Construction, Infrastructure and Engineering - providing strategic project and management leadership to the University’s largest academic team.

 

A number of Renèe's projects have been recognised with New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA) awards and as a result, she was made a Fellow in 2008. 

 

Throughout her career, Renèe has reviewed landscape architecture projects and gardens (both private and public) from throughout the country in her role as a judge for a number of National (and International) competitions and awards and as a NZ Gardens Trust Assessor. She has also been a regular contributor to NZ Gardener magazine and other landscape and lifestyle publications.

 

Renèe is also a member of the Auckland Botanical Society, Ecological Society of New Zealand and a member of Green Roofs For Healthy Cities.

Renèe Davies

Principal Landscape Architect

SAM’S AN INNOVATIVE THINKER AND BRINGS NOVEL DESIGN SOLUTIONS TO ADDRESS THE ENVIRONMENTAL, CULTURAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES OF OUR PUBLIC OPEN SPACES

 

Sam has on the ground experience constructing and maintaining landscapes throughout Auckland, and he brings a deeper and often overlooked layer of intricacy and practicality to his work in addition to the determination and problem-solving skills gained on-site. Not only are his designs thoroughly developed using key analytical tools and testing, but the work is beautifully presented in a detailed, yet clear manner.

 

Sam has cleverly planned and constructed our very own living partition in the office and utilises his green fingers in the care and maintenance of the office greenery. With a great working knowledge of plants, Sam understands what plants to use and where to plant them so they will thrive in the landscape. 

 

With a lifelong passion for the outdoors and a deep interest in digital design, studying landscape architecture was the natural path for Sam to pursue. Sam recently graduated with honours in Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Unitec Institute of Technology.


Sam Hendrikse

Landscape and Urban Design Consultant

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SAM’S EXPERIENCE ACROSS ALL SIDES OF THE COASTAL MANAGEMENT FENCE PROVIDES CLIENTS WITH WELL-ROUNDED AND PRAGMATIC SOLUTIONS.

 

Sam is a Coastal Scientist with an interest in how coastal processes contribute to beach and estuarine morphology. His academic background has mostly focused in estuarine geomorphology and processes which he has subsequently applied to beach processes and morphology.

 

Over the past 15 years Sam has held roles as an academic, coastal asset manager, regulator, internal council advisor and as a consultant. Over his career he has drawn upon his academic and research background and practical experience to gain a unique perspective to contemporary coastal management issues.

 


Sam Morgan

Senior Coastal Consultant

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THE FIRST FRIENDLY FACE YOU SEE WHEN YOU VISIT OUR AUCKLAND OFFICE, SAMMY KEEPS US RUNNING LIKE CLOCKWORK

Sammy started with the 4Sight team in October 2017 and has kept us running like clockwork ever since.

Multi-talented and the queen of multi-tasking, Sammy’s role involves booking all travel requirements, management and maintenance of the 4Sight fleet, organising internal and external meetings and/or events, catering, office support, manning the front desk and answering the phones, and ensuring the 4Sight team are well taken care of.

With an interesting work history, including working in sales and advertising for a wholesale nutritional company, coordinating motivational speakers for events, and at a beauty therapy store where she was the face of the company at a number of Auckland salons, her diverse array of experience has put her in good stead for managing whatever comes her way at 4Sight – which it often does!

Sammy instantly fit in when she first started at 4Sight, not only because of her friendly and bubbly nature, but also because of her passion for the environment. She is thrilled that sustainability and caring for our planet is becoming more prevalent and wants to protect what we have for future generations to come. Often taking part in beach clean ups and always choosing ethically sourced products, she loves spending time exploring and appreciating nature, if not at the beach then in the bush or climbing a mountain somewhere.

Sammy Waters

Office Administrator

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SEAN IS A CONSCIENTIOUS PLANNER WHO STRIVES TO POSITIVELY IMPACT OUR SOCIETAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENTS

 

Sean joined 4Sight in April 2019 as an Intermediate Planning and Policy Consultant based in Auckland. With a Bachelor of Planning (Hons) from the University of Auckland, Sean’s role largely focuses on telecommunication infrastructure, including resource consents, and other associated planning processes.

He has been working within the planning industry for the past 5 years as an RMA Planner (Open Spaces) for the Hamilton City Council and an RMA Planner for Plateau Surveyors. He has a highly developed understanding of resource consents, open spaces provision and management policy, and presentation of reports to local Government and Council. He has a strong ability to engage with key stakeholders and build long-lasting relationships.

When it comes to the planning discipline, Sean is particularly drawn to the function of space, and how as a planner, he can positively contribute to the societal, environmental and economic environments which make up where we choose to call home. His love for open spaces in his work, also coincides with his love for the great outdoors. So if you can’t find Sean in the office, he’s either outside chasing the best of the summer surf or hitting the slopes with his skis during winter.

 

Sean Stirling

Planning and Policy Consultant

 

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A QUICK AND DRIVEN LEARNER, SHANNEN ENJOYS A CHALLENGE AND IS KEEN TO BE INVOLVED IN EVERY ASPECT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING

 

Since joining 4Sight in 2018, Shannen has been involved in a diverse range of projects across the Land and Water Quality and Ecology teams.

 

Having studied at Victoria University in Wellington, Shannen gained her science degree with majors in both Geology and Ecology & Biodiversity. Throughout her studies she spent extensive amounts of time in the field, in both New Zealand and Australia, and as a result is highly skilled in a variety of sampling techniques, data analysis and reporting. She has also completed student internships in both geotechnical and ecological consultancies, making her familiar with environmental practice and management across the public and private sector.

 

Shannen is interested in a wide range of natural science disciplines and has always been curious about the environment that surrounds her. Her role as an environmental consultant at 4Sight sees her routinely conducting site investigations for various projects, where she demonstrates her ability in problem solving and prioritising workloads to meet deadlines. 

 

With a strong work ethic and ability to approach each new project with a positive outlook, Shannen is keen to get involved in any aspect of a project every step of the way.

 

Shannen Barns

Environmental Consultant

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PROBLEM SOLVER, EXCELLENT NUMERICAL ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND AN AVID LOVER OF RACKET SPORTS… ESPECIALLY BADMINTON AND TENNIS

Working closely alongside our Finance Manager, Sheldon joined the 4Sight team in March 2019 as an Accounts Administrator.

With a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Accounting and Finance, his role is to assist with accounts payable, accounts receivable, credit control, bank reconciliations, monthly invoicing, and to ensure financial transactions are prepared, recorded and authorised accurately and on time.

He joins the 4Sight team having worked at PB Tech where he worked as an Accounts Clerk in the Finance team, undertaking daily reconciliations and financial transactions, as well as a number of other financial administration tasks. He has also previously worked as a Project Coordinator and an Office Administrator, which has enabled him to build excellent problem-solving skills, fantastic attention to numerical detail and great time management skills.

Sheldon is an easy-going guy who enjoys 4Sight’s diverse culture and fun working environment. He especially loves working for a company whose views on sustainability and protecting this beautiful country of ours are in line with his own.

When he’s not crunching numbers, you can find him playing badminton or tennis, travelling the country or camping in the great outdoors.

Sheldon Zhao

Accounts Administrator

SIAN IS A CONSCIENTIOUS AND COMPOSED PLANNER WITH A SOLID FOUNDATION IN COUNCIL PROCESSING 

 

Sian has a had a broad range of experience in consenting across the Isthmus region working with the Auckland Council Operative District Plan, Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan and Regional Plans. Sian has developed her planning skills and gained a wide range of experience in different resource consenting matters in her previous role as a Senior Planner at Auckland Council.  

 

She has been lead planner in several limited and publicly notified resource consent hearings, providing planning recommendations for hearing commissioners and partaking in court assisted mediation, enforcement cases and judicial review proceedings.

 

Experienced in working with other disciplines to bring a project together, Sian provides quality environmental outcomes and straightforward advice within a timely manner using her clear communication style. 

 

Sian brings a calm confidence and composure to the 4Sight team and to the planning process, developed from tackling and skiing New Zealand’s steep and varied ski slopes. 


Sian Farrell

Senior Planning and Policy Consultant

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SIMON ATTRIBUTES HIS STRING OF SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS TO THE FACT THAT HE GENUINELY HAS HIS CLIENTS' BEST INTERESTS AT HEART  

 

Simon's strong technical leadership and string of successful consent acquisition programmes have given him quite the reputation. At 4Sight, he combines his academic background and extensive experience with parks and infrastructure projects to deliver statutory permits for millions of dollars of new assets each year.

 

Simon is a senior member of the 4Sight team, and spends a lot of his time overseeing and mentoring junior staff. He is well versed in the high standards of consultation required for local government and private projects, and encourages junior staff members at 4Sight to hold themselves to the highest possible standards.

 

Much of Simon's current focus is on park amenity and asset projects, from ecological restoration to coastal erosion protection and walking track developments. He also has significant experience in programme-level infrastructure delivery, through the Auckland Council stormwater programme and telco industry.

 

Simon is experienced in iwi, intra-government department and other stakeholder liaison. He has authored several papers on the public consultation process, which he has presented at national and international conferences.



Simon Karl

Senior Planning and Policy Consultant

Sophia Olo-Whaanga

SOPHIA IS A NATURAL LEADER WITH A GIFT FOR BRINGING TOGETHER DIFFERENT GROUPS AND DIFFERENT CULTURES

 
Sophia has just completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Science majoring in Environmental Science. She plans to one day further her qualifications by undertaking her Master’s thesis. 


Sophia is powerfully interested in the dynamics between social and environmental dimensions, sustainability and resource management. Sophia has a deep understanding of Te Ao Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi, having worked alongside Māori and having been fully involved with her Māori heritage. 


She works effectively in teams – having been a leader in school, community and university programmes. She tutored in Environmental science and Biology for the Tuakana (peer mentoring) programme at the University of Auckland. 


Sophia has a history of working in the community – in voluntary efforts like the bird sanctuary at Tiritiri Matangi. She has also worked alongside iwi for planting schemes and biodiversity counts, liaising between outside researchers and her iwi. She learned to relay important information back to iwi (or to stakeholders in any of our projects) in a form that is clear and easily understood. This experience is invaluable for community liaison across a wide range of projects.


Sophia works efficiently in a systematic and organised way, meeting deadlines and prioritising work elements. She plans for every contingency. She’s an excellent member to have on your team.
 

Sophia Olo-Whaanga

Environmental Consultant

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STUART’S EXTENSIVE WORK HISTORY AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE INDUSTRY MAKES HIM A TRUSTED ADVISOR IN HIS FIELD

Stuart is a Senior Environmental Risk and Safety Consultant with over 17 years’ experience in the sector. He has proven to be an effective project manager with experience in occupational exposure assessments (including asbestos, dust, noise & metals), asbestos surveys and management plans, asbestos air monitoring and clearances, contaminated land assessments, consultancy and advisory services, and project management of asbestos removal/remediation works. He is also a licensed asbestos assessor with Worksafe.

 

Having previously worked in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Australia, he relocated to Christchurch in July 2015 to work for the city’s leading asbestos consultancy and laboratory as part of the continuing post-earthquake rebuild. He led the field operations team for 6 six months then took on the laboratory operations as well. One of his biggest achievements while there was expanding the company into Dunedin and establishing the first IANZ accredited asbestos laboratory in the region to service the district health board contract.  

 

Stuart then moved on to another Christchurch based consultancy to assist with and grow their environmental services, as well as add to their asbestos capabilities. During his time there he again expanded the company into Dunedin to service the growing client base.

 

He initially got into the industry due to his love of the outdoors and interest in environmental issues. 
 

Stuart Cole

Senior Environmental Risk and Safety Consultant

Trent Sunich

A SEASONED SAILOR, TRENT ALSO KNOWS HOW TO NAVIGATE HIS WAY AROUND COMPLEX PLANNING AND POLICY ISSUES 

 

Trent is a highly experienced consultant with over 10 years on the job. He specialises in stormwater management, integrated catchment management planning, industrial site discharge and policy development projects.

 

Trent has a large amount of experience in regional governance and the consultancy sector. As a result, he is highly skilled in assessing green field and brown field developments and their consequential effects on stormwater run-off. His deep understanding of discharges and receiving environment effects recently led to him assisting in policy and rule development for the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan.

 

4Sight's clients often call upon Trent to assess the effects associated with water discharges from dairy factories, service stations, bulk fuel storage locations and timber treatment plants. He advises them on contaminant characterisation, associated surface water management and damage mitigation. 

Trent Sunich

Senior Planning and Policy Consultant

A UNIQUE COMBINATION OF CREATIVE AND NUMBER SAVVY, VANESSA’S TALENTS DON’T STRICTLY LIE IN ACCOUNTING

Vanessa has 20 years’ experience in accounts processing and office management.  She is responsible for the day to day processing of all accounting transactions, interacting with suppliers, customers and staff members, and supporting the company Directors by ensuring information is processed in a timely and accurate manner.

 

Previously running her own company advising small businesses on their bookkeeping, she also owned and managed a home staging business and holds a Diploma in Design. She is an interesting mix of creative and numbers focused and is often called upon for her design expertise - particularly when it comes to new office fit-outs and general office aesthetics.

 

Like all of us here at 4Sight, she loves to get out and explore her surroundings. She also loves riding her electric bike and tries to ride as much as possible to cut down on emissions.

 


Vanessa Mahuika

Office Facilities Management

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WITH A SOLID BACKGROUND IN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND EXPERIENCE IN SENSITIVE COMPLIANCE PROJECTS, XANDER IS A PROVEN INDUSTRY EXPERT WITH DIVERSE CAPABILITIES

 

Xander is a Senior Environmental Risk and Safety Consultant who specialises in environmental compliance and remediation works. With experience in surveying, preparation of management plans and abatement monitoring he is a proven asset to any environmental work site.

 

With a proven track record as a business manager to a surveying company prior to joining 4Sight, Xander is a skilled survey manager taking on the role of the day to day organisation of environmental survey activities, site access organisation, assessment and coordination.

 

Xander has a British Occupational Health Society qualification as an Asbestos Surveyor (IP 402) and is an Australian VET Standard Asbestos Assessor. He also has a BCom in Economics and Environmental Law from the North-West University. Xander is a Licensed Worksafe Asbestos Assessor (AA17090149).

 

In his off time, he enjoys catching up on some sports and socialising on his travels.
 

Xander Riekert

Senior Environmental Risk and Safety Consultant

ZOË IS PASSIONATE ABOUT CREATING A BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE NEW ZEALAND BY PLANNING, DESIGNING AND CREATING URBAN ENVIRONMENTS THAT WORK  

 

Zoë been working on sustainable development in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, including the encouragement of green infrastructure through design, planning and policy development for twenty years. With a knack for managing multiple demands Zoë has acquired an unmatchable expertise in guiding multi-disciplinary teams whilst successfully managing a number of large scale developments and subdivisions, from design through the planning process. 


With a technical planning background and an environmentally focused mind-set, Zoë works with developers, architects and landowners to effectively provide planning, landscape and urban design advice on developments, policy issues and assists in obtaining required permissions. 


In addition to her role as Principal at 4Sight Consulting Limited, she is a Board Member of Green Roofs Australasia, Director of Living Roofs New Zealand and member of the World Green Infrastructure Network. Zoë’s values are very much founded on the principles of an equitable society, in terms of economic, social, ecological and cultural capital.

 

Zoë holds a Master of Landscape Architecture (by Design), a Bachelor of Planning (Hons) and is currently completing a Master of Urban Design. 

Zoë Avery (née Cooper)

Principal Planner, Landscape Architect and Urban Designer