Planning & Policy

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.


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Aaron Andrew

Managing Director

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WITH A PRAGMATIC APPROACH TO ENVIRONMENTAL DEVELOPMENT, ANDREW ALWAYS STRIVES FOR THE BEST SOLUTION AND OUTCOME

 

Having recently returned to New Zealand after working for the United Nations Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade at the Permanent Mission of New Zealand in New York, Andrew is currently working in the 4Sight Planning and Policy team where he contributes a broad range of capabilities and experience.
 
Andrew has worked for both small and large-scale companies gaining exposure to environmental planning across a wide range of development projects including land use, transport planning and network utilities. 
 
One of Andrew’s first roles was assisting with the Ultra-Fast Broadband roll-out across the Auckland region. He has now taken on a key role in working with The Rural Connectivity Group on the Rural Broadband Initiative 2 and the Mobile Black Spot fund. Through this process, Andrew has developed an in depth understanding of the National Environmental Standards for Telecommunication Facilities as well as a sound knowledge of district plans from across the country.

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Andrew Gysberts

Policy and Planning Consultant

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.  

 

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Cassandra Ng

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 30 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.

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David le Marquand

Principal Planning and Policy Consultant

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AS A TOP-PERFORMING STUDENT OF HER MASTER OF PLANNING DEGREE, EMILY NOW HAS HER SIGHTS SET ON A STELLAR CAREER IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND URBAN PLANNING

Emily has come on board as a planning and policy consultant, providing practical solutions to the needs and requirements of clients in both the public and private sector.

 

Emily spent seven years operating her own landscape design consultancy in Dunedin, where she enjoyed developing relationships with clients and other professionals. But keen for a new challenge, she returned to University in Otago in 2016. During this time she earned an 89 percent average grade throughout her studies and received a number of accolades for her achievements.

 

While she was a student, Emily worked as an intern at Dunedin City Council and was involved with urban land supply hearing preparation, as well as decision document drafting.

 

With an aptitude for both interpersonal communication and analysing data, Emily brings a well-rounded skillset to 4sight consulting.

 

Prior to her recent career change, Emily completed a Bachelor of Science and a Diploma in Horticulture at Massey University. She was also an executive committee member of Landscaping New Zealand in 2015, where she was responsible for developing the membership base and was involved in drafting the 10-year strategic plan for the organisation.

 

From gardening to home DIY, drawing and painting, spending time with family and friends, and hitting the gym - Emily likes to ensure no hour of her day goes to waste.

Emily McEwan

Planning and Policy 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.

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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.

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Georgina McPherson

Principal Planning and Policy 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.

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Ian Mayhew

Principal Planning and Policy 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. 

 

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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.  

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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.

 


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.


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Kelly Parekowhai

Planning and Policy 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.


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Kirsten Binnie

Planning and Policy 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.

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Laurence Beckett

Senior Planning and Policy 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 25+ 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. He has recently joined the Wellington Branch committee of the RMLA, helping to act as a bridge between the activities of the RMLA and NZPI.

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Mark Ashby

Wellington Manager, Principal Planning and Policy 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.

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Mark Laurenson

Senior Planning and Policy 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. 

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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.

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Max Dunn

Principal Planning and Policy Consultant

WITH A BACKGROUND IN EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS MEGAN HAS NO QUALMS ABOUT GETTING GOOD PLANNING AND POLICY RESULTS

 

Having recently returned from a big trip travelling through Europe Megan has joined us with a fresh pair of eyes and brings with her a wealth of policy knowledge and thirst to extend and expand her planning skills.    

 

Megan has over three years’ experience in resource management, with a strong focus on policy development. She has a solid understanding of the Resource Management Act 1991, the statutory planning process, and how to apply these in the processing of resource consent applications. 

 

In a previous role at Gisborne District Council Megan was heavily involved in setting up a new framework for efficiency and effectiveness monitoring. As a result of this work she has contributed to the Planning Quarterly Magazine and has presented her work at the Australasian Natural Hazards Conference.

 

Megan, a keen equestrian, visits her hometown Gisborne as often as she can, both to see her horses and family.

 

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Megan Dever

Planning and Policy Consultant

Melissa Pearson (née Douché)

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

 

Melissa is a Senior Planner at 4Sight. She has significant land development experience, and has prepared combined land use, subdivision and regional consents for land development projects all across Auckland. A notable past project of Melissa's is the development of the Hobsonville Airbase as a brand new suburb from the ground up.

 

She 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 has been involved in several policy projects over the years. She has provided policy advice and planning expertise for clients such as Auckland Airport, NZTA, Mighty River Power, the New Zealand Poultry Industry and the Department of Corrections. She has also been involved in the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP) development for the Hobsonville area, and was part of a two-person team that peer reviewed the section 32 analysis of the PAUP for MfE. She is currently undertaking urban planning research for MfE as well as managing the roll out of a new northern telecommunication network for 2degrees..

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Melissa Pearson (née Douché)

Senior Planning and Policy 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.

 

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Nigel Bryce

Dunedin Manager, Principal Planning and Policy 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.

 


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Sam Morgan

Senior Coastal Consultant

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. 


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Sian Pushon

Senior Planning and Policy Consultant

Simon Karl

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.



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Simon Karl

Senior Planning and Policy 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. 

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Trent Sunich

Senior Planning and Policy Consultant

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

 

Zoë has over 17 years' of planning experience in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom with a particular focus on infrastructure and sustainable development and urban environment. 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 advice on developments, policy issues and assists in obtaining required permissions. 


Zoë is involved in promoting sustainable development in New Zealand, including the encouragement of living roofs and green infrastructure. She is immersed and engaged in Green Roofs Australasia, the World Green Infrastructure Network and Living Roofs New Zealand; all which encourage environmentally sustainable design to deliver better quality places to live and work and to create a better and more sustainable and equitable New Zealand. 

 

Zoë holds a Bachelor of Planning (Hons) from The University of Auckland and is completing her Master of Landscape Architecture. 

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Zoë Avery (née Cooper)

Senior Planning, Landscape and Urban Design Consultant