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.

Aaron Andrew

Managing Director

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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 workflow 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

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CHRISTINA USES HER EXCELLENT COMMUNICATION SKILLS, EFFICIENCY AND PASSION FOR LAND USE PLANNING TO ENSURE CLIENTS ARE PROVIDED WITH SUPERIOR ADVICE AND SUPPORT THROUGHOUT ALL PLANNING PROCESSES

With an extensive history in both local government and the planning and regulatory environment, Christina joined the 4Sight team in August 2019 as a Senior Planning and Policy Consultant and as our Manager in the Cambridge Office.

Previously working as a Senior Planner for KTB Planning Consultants, and successfully managing the Cambridge team, she brings a wealth of local knowledge and experience, as well as a detailed understanding of the relevant legislative requirements. Having previously spent five years as a Consents Planner at the Waipa District Council, her specialist areas include applications for mixed use developments, urban and greenfield subdivisions, industrial, commercial and residential developments.

Throughout her career she has established lasting relationships with key stakeholders across various professions throughout the Waipa and Waikato areas. Her superb, customer focused approach, means clients are always fully informed of the process, requirements, risks, and opportunities associated with their project meaning she is well placed to assist any client turn their planning ideas into a reality.

Christina Walker

Hamilton Manager, 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

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WITH A RANGE OF PLANNING EXPERIENCE, EMILY PROVIDES DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES AND CREATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR HER CLIENTS TO ACHIEVE EXCELLENT CONSENTING OUTCOMES

Joining the 4Sight team in August 2019, Emily has over 6 years of planning experience working in district and regional councils and across both rural and urban environments.

Previously working as a Planner at KTB Planning Consultants, she was involved in a wide range of projects ranging in size and scale from urban infill development to retirement villages, canine boarding facilities and various other consenting projects.

Her time working in local government also saw her involved in a range of land use and subdivision consents. Her Council relationships and experience enable her to effectively assist clients in navigating the planning process. This, coupled with her bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from the University of Waikato, means she brings a wide set of skills and expertise to the team.

Emily Hunt

Planning and Policy Consultant

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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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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

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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WITH A FOCUS ON PROVIDING TOP QUALITY SERVICE TO HER CLIENTS, JEMMA DELIVERS AN EFFICIENT AND FRIENDLY SERVICE WITH A FOCUS ON GOOD QUALITY ENVIRONMENTAL OUTCOMES

Jemma joined the 4Sight team as a Planning and Policy Consultant in August 2019, having previously worked as a Graduate Planner at KTB Planning Consultants.

During her time at KTB, Jemma was responsible for preparing both Land-use and Subdivision Consent Applications for various clients, and processing Resource Consent Applications on behalf of various Councils.

With a Bachelors degree in Environmental Planning, specialising in Terrestrial Environments, Jemma graduated from Waikato University in 2018 and is looking forward to further developing her skills and experience in all aspects of planning.

Jemma Ryan

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. 

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

Principal 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

Senior Planning and Policy Consultant

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JOY HAS AN EXCEPTIONAL EYE FOR DETAIL, A SUPERIOR FOCUS ON CUSTOMER SERVICE AND A PASSION FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY OUTCOMES

Joining the 4Sight team in August 2019, Joy has a Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning (BRP Hons) from Massey University and over four years experience working in local and central government, and consulting environments.

In her previous role as a Planner at KTB Planning Consultants, Joy was responsible for scoping and obtaining resource consents to facilitate the establishment of a wide range of rural, residential and commercial activities. Simultaneously, Joy consulted to multiple local councils throughout the Waikato Region as a processing planner and is seconded to the New Zealand Transport Agency as a Planning Advisor.

She is passionate about providing her clients with practical and sound advice and takes ownership of projects from their commencement through to completion. Joy has a proactive and solutions-based approach, while her excellent communication skills, positive attitude and multi-faceted skill set makes her a valuable asset to any development or project team.

Joy’s passion for the environment is not only limited to her role, she takes any opportunity to get outdoors and spends most of her spare time adventure racing and exploring New Zealand’s mountain bike trails.

Joy Morse

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

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A PASSIONATE SURFER, KARL HAS ENTHUSIASM AND DRIVE TO ACHIEVE RESULTS. HE IS A VISIONARY, A LEADER, AND IS RELENTLESSLY POSITIVE

Working between Cambridge and Gisborne, and in turn increasing our regional expertise in the area, Karl joined the 4Sight team in August 2019 as a Principal Planning and Policy Consultant and Regional Manager.

Previously a Director of KTB Planning Consultants, Karl has over 20 years of planning and environmental management experience in New Zealand and prides himself on providing clients with cost effective, yet practical advice and guidance. His expertise lies in managing projects for land use and subdivisions, and identifying balanced solutions to meet client's needs.

Karl’s previous experience includes working as a Resource Management Planner, where he was involved in a wide variety of primary industry, town planning, subdivision and land use development projects.

He places huge emphasis on sustainability and protecting our environment, working tirelessly to ensure New Zealand’s natural environment is preserved. Over a 10-year period Karl was involved in restoring a Waikato gully (near Cambridge) with native trees and has had this gully recognised as a Significant Natural Area by Waipa District Council.

Karl Baldwin

Regional Manager, Principal Planning and Policy Consultant

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KATHERINE BECAME A PLANNER BECAUSE SHE WANTED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. SHE STAYS IN THE INDUSTRY BECAUSE SHE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING OTHER PLANNERS GROW AND DEVELOP BOTH PROFESSIONALLY AND PERSONALLY

Katherine started with the 4Sight Planning and Policy team as a Principal Planning and Policy Consultant in August 2019.

Katherine has over 19 years planning experience and has worked in a variety of consenting and policy roles, including acting as a Team Leader at the NZ Transport Agency, a Director at KTB Planning and lecturing in Planning at Waikato University. She has extensive experience in both consenting, and policy development and implementation, with a focus on integrated and strategic planning. This, coupled with her attention to detail, analytical mind and collaborative working style, make her invaluable in her role at 4Sight.

Katherine became a planner because she wanted to make a difference. She remains in the industry because she enjoys working with a team of enthusiastic, motivated individuals and being able to help them grow and develop both professionally and personally.

In her spare time, she rides horses, loves being near the ocean, getting outdoors and being active. She practices yoga daily and completed a 200hr yoga teacher training in 2018. She’s passionate about all things health and wellness related and is also a trained nutrition and health coach.

Katherine Davies

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 Environmental Consultant

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

Kelly is a dynamic and driven planner, who takes initiative to identify opportunities and manage risks. Kelly is a full member of NZPI with extensive planning and policy experience, within and consulting to central and local government, state-owned enterprises, iwi and Māori entities.

Kelly formulates environmental assessments and approval strategies for significant land use and regional consents, notices of requirement and outline plans/waivers; advises, develops and implements policy; and prepares and presents submissions, planning evidence and hearing statements. Kelly is experienced in partnering and engaging with whānau, hapū and iwi Māori, knowledgeable in tikanga Māori and has growing te reo Māori competencies.

A keen mountain biker, freediver and surfer with a passion for travel, he is currently furthering his knowledge with studies at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Kelly Parekowhai

Senior 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.


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.

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 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 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

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

 

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

 

Matthew has a Masters in Planning Practice (with Honours) and has previously worked as a Senior Planner at Auckland Council, as well as a Major Projects Planner in London. With over 11 years’ experience, Matthew has dealt with various types and scales of projects and has appeared at various Council hearings and also appeared before the Environment Court of New Zealand as an expert witness.

 

Since joining 4Sight in 2017, Matthew has been involved with projects both across the north island, primarily in the Auckland and Wellington Region. Whilst Matthew still processes consents for various Council’s, he has also utilised his experience to assist an array of private clients to obtain Resource Consent for development ranging across urban residential, industrial, telecommunications, television and film projects, coastal projects and even a regional airport terminal.

Matthew is an avid traveller, having previously worked as a tour guide across Europe. These days he likes to keep it local, enjoying getting out into nature, the beach and arguably drinking too much coffee.

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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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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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

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.

 

Nigel Bryce

Dunedin Manager, Principal Planning and Policy Consultant

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A STRATEGIC AND AGILE THINKER, ORCHID VALUES PROFESSIONALISM, EXCELLENCE, EFFECTING POSITIVE FUTURES, AND PROVIDING LEADERSHIP THROUGH SERVICE

These are the core pillars that Orchid Atimalala brings to her role as the National Planning Manager for 4Sight.

Throughout Orchid’s broad and extensive 30-year career, she has been fortunate to experience it all from local government, consultancy and sole practise, through to multi-national, multi-disciplinary firms. Her most recent role was within central government where she was the sole, National Planning Resource and Principal Advisor in RMA, Acquisitions and Designations within the Ministry of Education. This role engaged Orchid’s skills in Crown property-related matters across New Zealand requiring strong RMA, Public Works Act, Land Transfer Act and Education Act knowledge in order to acquire Crown land for education purposes. The role also included managing relationships with Councils nation-wide, provision of expert witness statements for the Minister, and involvement in All-of-Government policy and legislative analysis as required.

Orchid enjoys being engaged in and leading strategic planning (master planning, community strategic plan development etc.), policy analysis and development, and stakeholder engagement. She has a particular interest in infrastructure provision especially community and social infrastructure (schools), social and cultural impact assessments and engagement (especially with Maori), but also sustainable strategic planning for growth and development projects and outcomes.

Orchid is certified by IAP2 in Planning and Communications for Effective Public Participation, has completed the NZ Treasury Better Business Case Foundation course, NZ Institute of Directors Effective Governance Essentials, and has also completed Project Management training specific to multi-disciplinary projects and programmes.

Orchid brings valuable governance experience to her new 4Sight role. A member of Auckland War Memorial Museum Trust Board since 2013, in April 2018 Orchid became the Museum’s first female person of Pasefika (Sāmoan) heritage, and the youngest member in its 167-year history, to be appointed as Chair.

Orchid is particularly active as a Full Member and Trust Board member of the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI). She is a founding member of both the Planning Institutes first Mentor programme and the Pacific Practitioners Special Interest Group (the PPG) ). Orchid also previously held the position of deputy chair for the Auckland Council’s Pacific Peoples Advisory Panel. She has been able to hold these roles as she is fluent in Samoan – gagana (language) and fa’a Samoa (culture).

Orchid Atimalala

National Planning and Policy Manager

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PAULA LOVES GUIDING PEOPLE THROUGH THE PLANNING PROCESS AND SHOWING THEM THAT IF THINGS ARE DONE PROPERLY, IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE HARD

With a friendly, down-to-earth approach, and attention to detail that ensures clients receive the best possible service, Paula joined the 4Sight team in August 2019 as our Bay of Plenty Regional Manager and as a Principal Planning and Policy Consultant.

Paula has over 18 years’ planning experience, including extensive national and international experience, having worked in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. She joins the 4Sight team from PMG Planning where she was both a Director, and Planner, since 2014 servicing a range of clients, including government departments, regional and district councils, and private clients. Prior to this, she has held managerial positions in local government planning teams and has spent many years working as a planning consultant in private practice.

Her expertise lies in preparing Assessments of Environment Effects, processing resource consent applications, and policy analysis and development. She also has significant experience in presenting reports and expert evidence at Council hearings and the Environment Court, and in reviewing and making submissions on planning policy at a national, regional, and district level.

She is a full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute and the Resource Management Law Association, and has a BA in Geography, Post Graduate Diploma in Arts (Geography), and a Diploma in Business from Otago University. She also has a Diploma in Business from Swinburne University in Melbourne.

Paula is excited by planning and enjoys helping people achieve what they want, whilst also ensuring good outcomes for the environment.

Paula Golsby

Regional Manager Bay of Plenty, Principal Planning and Policy Consultant

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PHIL APPRECIATES THE INTEGRAL ROLE THAT PLANNING PLAYS IN SHAPING OUR FUTURE ENVIRONMENT, AND HE REALLY ENJOYS THE PROCESS OF LIAISING WITH CLIENTS AND OTHER PROFESSIONALS IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THE BEST POSSIBLE LONG-TERM OUTCOMES

Phil joined the 4Sight team in August 2019 as a Planning and Policy Consultant within the Planning and Policy Team. In this role, he applies his resource consent and project management expertise to assist with the day-to-day delivery of planning and policy services.

Having graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Planning (Hons) Degree, Phil has worked in the planning consultancy environment for the past two years. He has previously provided planning assistance for a number of commercial clients across a broad range of sectors and has experience in preparing and lodging resource consent applications, providing preliminary planning advice to clients, assisting with formal plan change submissions, and processing resource consent applications on behalf of Auckland Council.

Phil appreciates the integral role that planning plays in shaping our future environment, and he really enjoys the process of liaising with clients and other professionals in order to achieve the best possible long term outcomes.

Outside of work, he enjoys playing football, going for runs, and playing golf with friends. He is also a member of the Remuera Toastmasters Club, where he practises presenting and writing speeches on a regular basis.

Philip Brown

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.

 


Sam Morgan

Senior Coastal Consultant

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SARAH IS A TENACIOUS AND EXPERIENCED PLANNER; HER ENVIRONMENTAL AND INTEGRITY BASED VALUES ENSURE EXCEPTIONAL RESULTS

Sarah joined the 4Sight Consulting team in June 2019 bringing a comprehensive understanding of the NZ resource management statutory process. She provides our varied clients with plan change and policy advice, pre-application services, and both processing and preparation of complex resource consent applications.

Sarah has over 8 years’ experience in planning both in NZ and the UK. Her NZ experience includes assessment and processing of a variety of resource consent applications (land use, subdivision, regional and district, and Outline Plans and Notices of Requirements) including the preparation of evidence for the Environment Court and presentations at Council hearings. More recently, Sarah led Multi-Criteria Assessments to assist in decision-making for Auckland's future transport networks as part of the Supporting Growth Alliance.

Sarah sought out planning as a career because she values people and the environment. Sarah values integrity and does the right thing even when no one is watching. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys getting outdoors, playing netball and running.

Sarah Westoby

Senior Planning and Policy Consultant

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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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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

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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

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

 

Zoë has 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 over 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