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).