From a client's perspective

Here's some of the ways we've helped government, iwi and the private sector make better planning and environmental decisions
that balance the needs of land, water and people.

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RUGBY WORLD CUP 2011 ENVIRONMENTAL GO-TO GUIDE

THE PROJECT

4Sight developed the Environmental Sustainability - Baseline and Monitoring and Reporting Framework for the Rugby World Cup 2011 Auckland Event. The framework specifically targeted Waste, Energy Transport, Procurement, Water, and Climate Protection.

 

THE APPROACH

Design and development of the framework, was carried out through working closely with the Auckland RWC 2011 Steering Committee, to ensure the delivery of a workable and practical go-to-guide. The framework was successfully delivered to time and budget with full buy-in from the committee.

THE OUTCOME

The document developed became the environmental sustinability go-to guide for the steering group planning the city’s Cup-hosting logistics. It was developed to be generic and NZ specific, and is able to be used for any future major event in New Zealand.

Rugby World Cup 2011

Commissioned to develop the Environmental Sustainability Baseline, and Monitoring and Reporting framework for the Rugby World Cup 2011 Auckland Event

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WEONA WALKWAY

4Sight provided multi-disciplinary professional services from inception through to construction, including RMA planning, ecological assessment, contaminated land investigation, management when buried asbestos was uncovered, plus key support to Council within their programme of consultation and ongoing land owner negotiations. While keeping a sense of humour, even during the most trying times.

The Project

Weona Walkway is one of Auckland Council’s newest public path networks, linking several parks and reserves around the Westmere coastline.

It’s close proximity to neighbouring houses, steep slopes, the sensitive inter-tidal environment, and a scattering of archaeological sites made the project a challenging proposition.

Following representation by 4Sight in Environment Court proceedings, resource consents were granted and works commenced.  An Authority to Modify Archaeological Sites was also granted.

 

The Outcome

Construction of the Weona Coastal Walkway is complete, and is currently being enjoyed by hundreds of Aucklanders every week.

Our efforts were very much appreciated and well-recognised by the Client’s representative:

The Approach

4Sight provided multi-disciplinary professional services to the project, including RMA planning, ecological assessment, contaminated land investigation and management when buried asbestos was uncovered, plus key support to Council within their programme of consultation.

However, our contribution did not stop as soon as all the permits were in place.  We continued to provide substantial help to the construction Project Manager through:

  • facilitating extensive communications with neighbours, often taking a mediatory role between them and Council;
  • seeking regulatory approval for the inevitable design changes in this dynamic working environment;
  • assisting with documenting resource consent compliance; and
  • keeping a sense of humour within trying circumstances.
The Weona Walkway project was complex on many levels and the team at 4Sight were instrumental in the success at all stages of the project. Throughout the construction process there were a number of significant issues in regard to communication with the local residents, the discovery of asbestos and management of the local lizard population.

In response to this, I found the 4Sight Team were outstanding. I would like to make special mention of Simon Karl who supported me within a wide range of issues some of which are noted above and others too numerous to mention. Simon was professional throughout and provided accurate concise advice under very challenging circumstances. This allowed the management team and myself to make informed decisions in a very timely manner. I believe without the support of the 4Sight Team this very complex project would not have delivered such an outstanding result for the people of Auckland
— Peter Brookes, Engineer to Project on behalf of Auckland Council

Weona Walkway

Weona Walkway is one of Auckland Council’s newest public path networks, linking several parks and reserves around the Westmere coastline.

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UNDERSEA IRON SANDS DECISION MAKING

4Sight was engaged by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to assist the decision-making committee (DMC) considering an application to mine iron sands within New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). 

THE PROJECT

Trans Tasman Resources applied under the EEZ Act to mine 50 million tonnes a year of seabed material within the EEZ off the South Taranaki coast, for a period of 35 years. The Act applies to activities more than 12 nautical miles (22 km) offshore, and consent was required for both the mining and its associated discharge of material back to the sea floor.

The decision making responsibility was delegated from the EPA to the DMC. Our role was to work with the DMC and prepare the decision report. The purpose of the decision report was to document the significant range of evidence presented at the hearing, and to present the findings of the DMC.

THE OUTCOME

The DMC’s decision was to grant the consent, subject to an extensive suite of conditions setting discharge and receiving environment standards, operational management, and other environmental controls. We fulfilled our role by completing the 350 + page decision report in the available timeframe, to a standard acceptable to the DMC and the EPA. The decision report covered a wide range of matters including, among other things, the science and effects of suspended sediment; the potential for noise effects on marine mammals; and the relationship of effects to customary (iwi) fisheries.

Having worked closely with the DMC and EPA’s legal counsel, our final version of the decision report required only very minor editing after its submission to the EPA.

THE APPROACH

Our role in this project required intensive involvement over a period of six months. At the outset we were required to be familiar with the application and its supporting documents (which totalled approx. 4,000 pages of material). We attended most of the 22 days of hearing and the DMC’s  deliberations which spanned 27 days.

The project required us to establish a strong and trusted relationship with all members of the DMC, as well as the EPA. As a neutral advisor, we had to distil evidence for the DMC in a way that avoided any judgements about its value to the final decision (which was the DMC’s role). At times this was a very reactive role in response to various substantive issues pursued by the DMC during their deliberations. In doing so, we researched background reports, collated and summarised evidence, and prepared working drafts of the decision report.

As part of our work for the client, we were required to:

  • Contribute to the DMC’s decision making process in a neutral but productive way;
  • Understand the legal framework established by the Exclusive Economic Zone Act;
  • Have an in-depth understanding of the issues and evidence;
  • Distil and clearly present evidential themes from within background reports, individual briefs of written evidence, and daily hearing transcripts;
  • Link facts and evidence to proposed and final consent conditions; and
  • Accurately represent the findings of the DMC.

Iron Sands

4Sight was engaged by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to assist the decision-making committee (DMC) considering an application to mine iron sands within New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

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Dixon Street Highrise

4Sight obtained resource consent for this 20 storey apartment building and associated laneway development in Wellington.

The Approach

4Sight’s planners have a strong track record in providing advice on land and building development projects. All development projects have elements of risk; and for many that includes whether resource consent can be granted. Our expertise is in helping to de-risk or at least thoroughly understand that aspect of the project. We do that through identifying consent issues and ways to resolve them, plus ensuring that the application process runs smoothly.


For this project, the effects of the building’s height meant that it faced challenges in terms of both effects and the district plan rules. We dealt with this by setting out to thoroughly understand the site, the neighbourhood, all relevant planning documents, and likely effects – and using that understanding to help craft our planning assessment. In particular, we were able to convince the council that the characteristics of the site, neighbourhood and building meant that the application should be non-notified.


Our job was greatly assisted by Archaus Architects’ design which was ultimately judged to meet the council’s requirement for ‘design excellence’. Design excellence comes into play if a central area building exceeds the permitted height threshold. The concepts of quality design and design excellence are woven into a detailed policy context which includes the need for assessment against the central area design guide.

 

The Project

The project partners developed a concept for a 20 storey building on a site in Wellington’s CBD. The building design exceeded the site’s height limit by 35%. Our input to the project included:

  • Advising on the likely consent hurdles and the potential for success;
  • Working with the developer, architect, traffic engineer and other experts to address consent issues;
  • Ensuring that technical outputs by the project team were suitable for use in the consent application’s assessment of effects;
  • Preparing the resource consent application, including making a successful case for notification not being necessary;
  • Liaising with the council’s planner to ensure a smooth process;
  • Managing responses to further information requests issued by the council;
  • Negotiating practicable consent conditions with the council prior to the issue of consent;
  • Obtaining an encroachment licence for those parts of the building that extend into the airspace above legal road.

 

The Outcome

Construction of the project began in mid-2017. We are keen to see the final outcome as it includes a new laneway – linking Dixon Street with Feltex Lane to the rear of the site. Ground floor commercial spaces will open onto the laneway, as will the building’s three entry lobbies to the apartments above. This promises to be a dynamic new space contributing to Wellington’s lively and liveable downtown environment.

 

Dixon Street Highrise

4Sight’s planners have a strong track record in providing advice on land and building development projects. All development projects have elements of risk; and for many that includes whether resource consent can be granted.

Te Ara Tahuna Community Restoration Plan

THE PROJECT

4Sight was engaged by Auckland Council to develop a community-based restoration plan for the Orewa Estuary Te Ara Tahuna. The plan provides a strategic approach and guidance to facilitate and encourage community-driven restoration of the 12km coastal margin surrounding the estuary between the bridges of State Highway 1 and Hibiscus Coast Highway. The Plan provided detailed information, advice and tools on:

  • Matauranga Maori -  including Maori history of the area and protocols for any accidental discoveries;
  • Animal pest control – including the methodologies for undertaking pest control and associated monitoring;
  • Environmental weed control - including the process for controlling weeds (supplemented by a reference guide);
  • Restoration planting – identifying areas available for replanting, including a maintenance timeline, kauri dieback and myrtle rust information, ecosourcing guidance and how to propagate rushes;
  • Bird monitoring – including monitoring methodologies (supplemented by a reference guide)
  • Mangroves and sediment – including information on mangrove management, and sediment monitoring.

The plan will play an important part in the wider restoration projects along the Hibiscus Coast. It builds on the Forest and Bird Pest Free Peninsula initiative at Whangaparaoa, and the overall North-West Wildlink, by creating more safe, connected and healthy habitats for native wildlife across Auckland.

THE OUTCOME

The plan was designed for the community to pick up, understand what ecological restoration activities are needed around the Orewa Estuary and where. It then informs the community of the steps and methods to implement the Plan.

From conception, the Plan has been intended to develop lasting interactions between groups, and provide an easy to understand and easy to implement means of enhancing the natural environment surrounding the Orewa Estuary. The Plan facilitates those additional benefits only gained by community-based projects such as enabling learning and sharing of knowledge, building a sense of community and strengthening people’s connection to the area.

THE APPROACH

To inform the Plan development, we gained a detailed understanding of the current ecological and social context of the area by:

  • Recognising from the outset that the Plan was intended for use by the community, so the first step was to meet with various local groups with an interest in the estuary;
  • Listening to the community groups to understand what is most important to local residents, and what aspirations they have for the estuary;
  • Undertaking thorough research of existing plans and information;
  • Using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technology to undertake detailed field surveys and inform visual plan development;
  • Liaising one-on-one with a wide variety of Auckland Council departments, local mana whenua representatives, community and interest groups, Forest and Bird, and long-standing residents.

Following this approach, we developed a comprehensive Restoration Plan, with informative maps augmented by implementation and monitoring guidance.

We are really pleased with both the process used to create the plan and with the plan itself. The stakeholder engagement that was undertaken within council, iwi, local groups and the surrounding communities’ and the willingness to accommodate the many different views expressed throughout the writing of this plan were highlights of this work for us. It has provided us with a great product that can be easily picked up and used by the community and by us too.
— Chrissy Henley, Senior Biodiversity Advisor, Auckland Council

Orewa Estuary

4Sight was engaged by Auckland Council to develop a community-based restoration plan for the Orewa Estuary Te Ara Tahuna.

Taruheru Cycle and Walkway

THE PROJECT

4Sight Consulting, in collaboration with Urban Solutions, Resilio Studio and Land Development and Exploration Ltd, were commissioned by Gisborne District Council to carry out an extensive feasibility study of a 4.5km shared pathway along the Taruheru River in Gisborne. The shared path is to allow for a variety of users including walkers, cyclists, prams, wheelchairs, mobility scooters and riders of wheeled recreational devices, being at least 3m wide. It is expected that the pathway will consist of a mixture of concrete and boardwalk. The Taruheru River Path utilises Councils owned Esplanade Reserve, Recreation Reserve land and in some sections is a boardwalk within river mudflats. There are also sections that will require land purchase and/or an easement. 

4Sight provided planning, ecological, landscape assessment and graphic design services to undertake the Taruheru River Path Feasibility Study for Gisborne District Council. The document proposes a new shared path to be built alongside the Taruheru River in Gisborne, capturing key views of the river while traversing through the riparian landscape.

THE OUTCOME

The Taruheru River Path feasibility study was a success, being presented on time and budget to Gisborne District Council. As a result of the feasibility study providing clear concept designs, the first stage of the Taruheru River Path is currently seeking consent.

THE APPROACH

The highly collaborative approach ensured that this project created a comprehensive document to best inform the decision making process.

Local GIS systems were used early in the investigation for invaluable information such as topography, aerial imagery, transportation networks, flood data and property boundaries. Overlaying several layers of this data onto aerial photographs provided clear guidance from the beginning to inform the landscape character design–led process.

The initial site visits with the project team included undertaking basic landscape character assessments and planning assessments to clearly define the projects objectives, constraints, opportunities and design considerations.

The [Taruheru Cycle and Walkway] study was completed on time, on budget and to a high standard, and we were kept up to date throughout the process. The final report was presented in a way that was easy to interpret and visually appealing with the final solution being well thought out.
— Kylie Dowding, Project Manager at Gisborne District Council

Taruheru River Path Feasibility Study

Commissioned by Gisborne District Council to carry out an extensive feasibility study of a 4.5km shared pathway along the Taruheru River in Gisborne.

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Whitehorse Property Group Ltd.

4Sight was engaged by Whitehorse Property in 2016 to provide environmental due diligence advice in relation to a potential property acquisition.  The EDD process was used to facilitate the land purchase, and further investigation of soil and groundwater was undertaken to support the resource consent process.

THE PROJECT

Whitehorse Property had identified land suitable for the construction of a multilevel apartment development on the CBD fringe in Auckland.  The property had a lengthy history, with land use including a range of commercial and industrial activities which presented a number of potential environmental risks.  Services provided by 4Sight included:

  • Conducting a fast turn-around environmental due diligence assessment
  • Desktop assessment of soil and groundwater contamination
  • Intrusive soil and groundwater works (drilling, soil analysis, groundwater monitoring)
  • Preparation of reports to support the resource consent process

THE APPROACH

A thorough understanding environmental risk, and presentation of this risk in a commercial context, is critical to an effective environmental diligence process.  4Sight was able to mobilise at short notice, understand the key environmental risks, and deliver this information to the client in a manner which facilitated their property transaction.

4Sight was then able to use this information to design an intrusive site investigation to adequately identify potential contaminants in soil and groundwater, delineate the extent of contamination, and facilitate obtaining a resource consent for development.

 

    THE OUTCOME

    To date 4Sight has providing timely advice to the client in both acquisition of the property and obtaining resource consent for development of the site.  This has included using our knowledge of the local regulatory framework to prepare work scope that satisfied both the client and the regulatory authorities.

    We have worked with Aaron and his team on multiple projects now and have found 4Sight to be responsive, efficient and effective. This site contained a number of challenges due to both its historic and existing use and Nigel has successfully worked through these issues whilst carrying out environmental diligence work and soil groundwater assessments. We highly recommended 4sight.
    — Steve Bond - Project Manager, Whitehorse Property Group

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    High quality Environmental Due Diligence (EDD) and Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) investigations to support a property development process from pre-purchase through to consenting

    FERRARI SHOWROOM

    4Sight was engaged by Sime Darby Motors to provide planning due diligence and advice, and subsequently prepared a resource consent for a new Ferrari Car sales showroom in Newmarket, Auckland.

    THE APPROACH

    THE PROJECT

    4Sight’s planning team were involved early in the process. The site’s location meant effects such as streetscape appearance and amenity, traffic and parking were key for consideration. Clear communication with the project architect and client ensured smooth processing through Auckland Council and obtaining resource consent.

    Working with the client and Sydney based architects Figgis + Jefferson Tepa, 4Sight prepared resource consent documentation to convert an existing building and carry out alterations to accommodate a new Ferrari car sales showroom along Manukau Road. The site was located in a key and prominent location on the corner of Manukau Road and Great South Road.

    THE OUTCOME

    Building a professional and collaborative relationship with the project team and client to obtain resource consent in a timely manner. 

    Ferrari Showroom

    4Sight was engaged by Sime Darby Motors to provide planning due diligence and advice, and subsequently prepared a resource consent for a new Ferrari Car sales and showroom in Newmarket, Auckland.

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    LES MILLS

    4Sight have assisted Les Mills with planning services and specialist technical input over the years to assist them in meeting their business vision.

    THE APPROACH

    THE PROJECT

    A proactive and solution focused approach was adopted in all projects, with most of the projects involving various planning issues (from archaeology and parking through to urban design and acoustics) and a wide range of technical input. The lead planners in each project coordinating all inputs, while managing timeframes and client expectations. The projects where discussed with consenting authorities early on in the process to ensure a comprehensive application package was made addressing all the relevant issues.

     

     

     

     

    4Sight have assisted Les Mills in preparing and securing resource consents for fitness centre facilities in a number of locations across New Zealand, along with submissions on Proposed District Plans and potential new fitness centre sites. 4Sight has been involved in obtaining resource consent for the new fitness centre facilities in Newmarket (Auckland), and Hamilton. Most recently, 4Sight has been successful in securing resource consent for the redevelopment of the ‘flagship’ Victoria Street facility, which involves the construction of a new 5 storey building, upgrading of the existing buildings and services and associated regional consents.

    4Sight’s work has included the initial scoping/feasibility of new and redeveloped sites, preparation of Assessments of Environmental Effects, and liaising with Council staff and the Les Mills project teams on further information requests and draft consent conditions.  We have also assisted Les Mills with submissions to the Auckland Proposed Unitary Plan and the presentation of associated evidence to the independent hearings panel.

    THE OUTCOME

    The preparation and delivery of multiple resource consents across the country within scope, budget and timeframes. 4Sight’s involvement in multiple applications has resulted in a comprehensive understanding of key issues associated with the fitness centre facilities/sites and a strong and ongoing relationship with Les Mills.

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    4Sight have assisted Les Mills with planning services and specialist technical input over the years to assist them in meeting their business vision.

    BRINGING IMAGINATION TO LIFE

    4Sight helps create a one-of-a-kind venue

    THE APPROACH

    4Sight took a collaborative approach with the project team to achieve the design intention for the treehouse, handling specific issues raised during the consenting process. Some of these issues included traffic management, intensity and scale of use, noise and other potential effects on adjacent rural sites. 4Sight also addressed district and regional planning requirements, to ensure the project adhered to these and non-notified consent was achieved. 

    THE PROJECT

    As part of an innovative advertisement campaign, Yellow Pages constructed a unique temporary venue to be operated as a restaurant, halfway up a Redwood tree in rural Auckland. 

    The restaurant formed the focal point for a nationwide advertising commercial, with the construction process and initial operation of the temporary venue being filmed and used in compiling the advertisement. Our services for Yellow Pages included:

    • Preparing and managing the resource consent process 
    • Providing initial feedback on the site and design brief 

    THE OUTCOME

    4Sight provided essential specialist and planning services to inform the design and facilitate the resource consent process. This enabled the achievement of a hugely successful advertising campaign, and a unique venue for private hire that has won numeous awards and featured in more than 2000 blogs and publications worldwide.

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    As part of an innovative advertisement campaign, Yellow Pages constructed a unique temporary venue to be operated as a restaurant, halfway up a Redwood tree in rural Auckland.

    THE APPROACH

    4Sight took a collaborative approach with the project team to achieve the design intention for a pump bike track.  

    4Sight’s contaminated land specialists undertook a contaminated soil review to assess risks and requirements under the relevant standards including:

    • National Environmental Standard for the Protection of Human Health against Contamination  
    • Auckland Council Regional Plan: Air, Land and Water 
    • Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan

    They were able to overcome potential contaminated soil hurdles during the consent process by demonstrating that permitted activity conditions could be met during physical works.

    4Sight’s planning team also prepared and managed the resource consent process, providing initial feedback on the site and design brief, addressing district and regional planning requirements. 
    4Sight then handled specific issues raised during the consenting process such as storm water management, intensity and scale of use, noise and other potential effects on residential sites. Non-notified consent was achieved. 

    THE PROJECT

    4Sight provided planning and contaminated land services to Auckland Council’s Parks department to enable delivery of a new bike park within the Birkenhead War Memorial Park. The track opened in May 2016.  

    THE OUTCOME

    4Sight provided essential specialist and planning services to inform the design and facilitate the resource consent process. This enabled the achievement of a fantastic community asset which promotes exercise, recreation and family fun. 

    Bike Park

    4Sight provided planning and contaminated land services to Auckland Council’s Parks department to enable delivery of a new bike park within the Birkenhead War Memorial Park.

    HELPING KEEP A ROOF OVER THE HEADS OF THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST

    4Sight helps Accessible Properties meet the needs of property owners and tenants in the social housing sector. 

    THE APPROACH

    Accessible Properties often require advice within a short timeframe. 4Sight is able to respond promptly under pressure and inside constrained timeframes on a constant basis. 

    Accessible Properties appreciates the ability to be able pick up the phone and contact 4Sight to ask for help as and when it is needed.

    The Project

    Accessible Properties are New Zealand’s largest non-government social housing provider. As are experts in social  housing,  they manage properties to meet the needs of property owners and tenants in the social housing sector. 

    4Sight has assisted me with a number of IHC housing projects throughout New Zealand. They have always provided us with a timely response when we have needed it, this has often meant providing planning input to projects where time constraints have meant that the advice and services are required at short notice. I really appreciate the speedy help and professional approach that we always get.

    Laurence has been able to communicate with various Councils on our behalf as he has taken the time to understand our business and property needs particularly with establishing additional dwellings.

    I would have no hesitation in recommending Laurence Beckett for any planning requirements.
    — Tom Brodie, Property Manager - Central

    IHC New Zealand is an organisation providing support and care for people of all ages with intellectual disabilities and Accessible Properties manages 1100 IHC properties. 

    The demand for IHC assets, particularly its housing units, is in a constant state of change, as the demand for housing fluctuates from time to time and from location to location. Accessible Properties is required by IHC to manage its assets to meet these changing needs. Our services for Accessible Properties have included: 

    • Providing ongoing advice on planning matters related to their properties in locations throughout the lower North Island.  
    • Providing planning services for the acquisition of resource consents for housing units (relocated buildings,  new-builds or building conversions) to facilitate  the supply of housing  in areas  where the demand is the greatest at that time. 

    The Outcome

    4Sight has enabled Accessible Properties to quickly get the information it needs to move projects ahead and provide a better service to owners and tenants.

    This collaborative approach has also been beneficial to IHC, who can rely on Accessible Properties and 4Sight to manage their building assets. This, in turn, helps IHC achieve their role of providing advocacy support wherever there is a need, and to stand up for the rights of one or all people with intellectual disabilities in New Zealand. 

    Accessible Properties

    4sight helps Accessible Properties meet the needs of property owners and tenants in the social housing sector. 

    KAITIAKITANGA - A PARTNERSHIP IN PLANNING

    4Sight helps ensure nature can flourish in an important location

    THE PROJECT

    Te Auaunga Oakley Creek is a scenic watercourse that holds social, cultural and biological importance within Auckland as a home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, both native and exotic.  But help is needed to restore and enhance the riparian ecology as it is under threat from the spread of invasive weeds, which suppress and prevent the regeneration of native flora. Our work has included:

    • Helping renew an archaeological authority permit to continue ecological restoration.
    • Identifying the need for resource consent because of a plethora of rule infringements under the operative district plan, the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan and National Environmental Standards. 
    • Engaging with iwi, Friends of Oakley Creek and local council to devise a collaborative solution.

    THE APPROACH

    4Sight recommended a programme of consultation with iwi, which eventually developed into a partnership that allowed Mana Whenua to exercise kaitiakitanga over the awa.  

    • Working collaboratively with Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei, Ngāi Tai Ki Tāmaki and Te Kawerau a Maki, 4Sight drafted a Cultural Monitoring Programme named Ngā Aratohu o Ngā Kaiaroturuki (Cultural Monitoring Guidelines) that facilitated the opportunity for those iwi groups to manage the environment and provide Mātauranga Māori (i.e. traditional knowledge, wisdom, understanding or skill).
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    Your cooperation and services have been excellent. You were always available and never let me or anyone else involved wait. I especially appreciated your ability to bring light into confusing matters, to simplify and clarify all that went my way.

    Your help with engagement with iwi was of a great value to me. It played a major part in our successful negotiation with all three iwi during our last hui. Above that you sparked real interest in me in the engagement with iwi and I am now keen to apply the newly learned principles in other projects.

    Thank you again Simon, you play vital role in the Ecological Restoration of Oakley Creek project and I am looking forward to our future cooperation
    — David Stejskal, Auckland Council Project Manager

    4Sight also: 

    • Developed GIS maps for the project team locating known archaeological and contaminated sites, 
    • Developed a soil handling plan to mitigate the risk of exposure to contamination during works, 
    • Designed guidance sheets to help contractors and volunteers identify archaeological remains, as well as protocols to follow should further archaeological sites be encountered.

    THE OUTCOME

    The application for resource consent was accepted and processed without any formal request for further information (i.e. Section 92 requests), and was granted in June 2016.  The Archaeological Authority to Modify was finalised a week earlier at the end of May 2016. 


    Weed control and planting works is back underway, and we look forward to seeing the continued enhancements at Te Auaunga Oakley Creek over the next ten years.

    Te Auaunga Oakley Creek

    4Sight helps ensure nature can flourish in an important location

    SAVING TIME AND MONEY BY HELPING TO SEGREGATE CLEAN AND CONTAMINATED SOIL

    4Sight helps Transpower and its contractors with soil assessment and disposal options, saving them time and money. 

    The project

    4Sight have assisted Transpower on a number of different projects and on a range of sites. Our work has included:

    • Soil sampling and assessment;
    • Advising on soil segregation methods to determine which material can be disposed of as cleanfill versus managed fill;
    • Statistically analysing soil sample data to demonstrate to authorities that the majority of the soil is actually cleanfill, which saved the client more than $500,000;
    • Helping the client to avoid practices that could result in large areas of land being classified as potentially contaminated areas;
    • Working with contractors and disposal facilities to find least-cost options for soil management. 

    The approach

    When 4Sight worked with the client on their Paraparaumu substation project, we provided a holistic contaminated land service centred around the goal of saving the client money by demonstrating that the majority of the site's soil could, in fact, be classified as cleanfill material.

    The nature of the project meant that we had to adopt a reactive, collaborative approach. 4Sight were often asked to provide on-call soil assessment services in advance of substation upgrade or construction operations, and we worked closely with the contractors and disposal facilities to manage soil as cost-effectively as possible.

    THE OUTCOME 

    At the Paraparaumu substation, 4Sight helped the client save over $500,000 by helping to identify and segregate cleanfill from impacted soils, which meant that the majority of the material could be shipped offsite as cleanfill material. 

    At other sites, we have helped Transpower avoid practices that could result in large areas of land being classified as potentially contaminated areas, thus costing them large amounts of money. 

    The impressive results we've achieved for Transpower can be attributed to our thorough understanding of consenting and disposal requirements, and our strong working relationships with the contractors and disposal facilities.

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    Saving Time and Money by Helping to Segregate Clean and Contaminated Soil.

    Soil Assessment and Disposal. 4Sight helps Transpower and its contractors with soil assessment and disposal options, saving them time and money.

    MOVING THE AUCKLAND COUNCIL STORMWATER UNIT'S COMPLIANCE TOWARDS SELF-MONITORING

    4Sight provided outsourced compliance and risk management services to Auckland's largest infrastructure provider. 

    The project

    The Auckland Council Stormwater Unit delivers storm water capital and operational improvement works across the region, and since integration has benefited from 4Sight's fully outsourced compliance management service. Our services include:

    • Onsite health, safety and environmental assessments;
    • Best practice environmental training and education;
    • Development of compliance management tools and training resources that assist council staff to meet best practice standards;
    • Technical peer reviews of compliance management documents;
    • Specialist environmental incident and regulatory risk management, reporting and facilitation;
    • Managing the council's compliance management database (CS-VUE);
    • Performance measurement and reporting. 

    The approach

    ‘Compliance as a minimum, best practice as the standard’ is the philosophy we use to model our approach. We implement this through:

    • Our Environmental Management “centre of excellence” which provides a specialist compliance management service and a dedicated staff resource;
    • Working as an integral part of the council's wider team;
    • Drawing on our unparalleled level of experience in compliance management for utility works;
    • Offering a unique one-stop health, safety and compliance shop;
    • Tailoring the level of expertise to the site/level of risk;
    • Drawing on the wider experience of the 4Sight team for specialist technical inputs;
    • Providing an end-to-end service model from on-site assessments to management of CS-VUE (the council's online compliance management database)

    THE OUTCOME

    The fact that stormwater works are now largely “self-monitoring” speaks for itself. The client has seen a year-on-year improvement in environmental performance, as measured by audit compliance ratings, and there have been no serious incidents resulting in enforcement action. 

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    Moving The Auckland Council Stormwater Unit's Compliance Towards Self-Monitoring

    4Sight provided outsourced compliance and risk management services to Auckland's largest infrastructure provider.

    DEVELOPING THE SUSTAINABLE CATCHMENTS PROGRAMME

    Auckland Council engaged 4Sight to help them develop the Sustainable Catchments Programme – a number of community-based interventions aimed at improving priority urban catchments to contribute to stormwater, water quality, stream restoration and social outcomes.

    The approach

     We took a collaborative approach to working with Auckland Council, acting as a trusted advisor and as integral part of their team by:

    • Understanding the project's strategic context;
    • Building an effective working relationship with the client's SCP team – which proved essential for working well together under tight project deadlines;
    • Giving the client priority access to our project team's availability;
    • Working collaboratively between the SCP team and the wider-consultancy group to develop and deliver the project;
    • Understanding the client's vision for the programme and what they needed it to deliver;
    • Being passionate about the SCP and truly wanting it to succeed – which meant we'd do whatever it took to deliver the project. 

     THE PROJECT

    4Sight helped Auckland council establish the programme and support its implementation over a three year period, with some of our key contributions including:

    • Design of the overall programme methodology;
    • Development of catchment-specific 10 Year Programme Implementation Plans, with the identification of freshwater ecological enhancement projects to give the council and community a strategic “plan of action”;
    • Management of on-the-ground projects in several urban catchments as the Urban Project (Delivery) Manager;
    • Development of systems and methodologies to prioritise enhancement projects on a programme and regional basis;
    • Development of a programme monitoring strategy to measure the programme's success against programme, catchment and project objectives.

    THE OUTCOME

    The project was an overwhelming success. All of its milestones were met on time, and the programme will provide the necessary resourcing, structure and management to handle the forecasted increase in spend from $80k/annum to $1.5m/annum. The planning and implementation methodologies we developed will help the client choose priority community-based interventions that will meet the programme's objectives. 

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    DEVELOPING THE SUSTAINABLE CATCHMENTS PROGRAMME

    Auckland Council engaged 4Sight to help them develop the Sustainable Catchments Programme – a number of community-based interventions aimed at improving priority urban catchments to contribute to stormwater, water quality, stream restoration and social outcomes. 

    LENDING MULTIDISCIPLINARY EXPERTISE TO AUCKLAND COUNCIL'S WATERWAYS PLANNING TEAM

    As a key service provider to Auckland Council's Waterways Planning team, 4Sight has surveyed over 130km of streams and has helped to develop Watercourse Assessment Reports for three separate catchments.

    The approach

    The reports wouldn't be used in isolation, so we focused on gaining a thorough understanding of the client's needs and the strategic context in which the report would be used. We did this by:

    • understanding the stream and stormwater management objectives the Stormwater Unit and wider council was looking to achieve;
    • working closely alongside the client to maintain an open line of communication and short feedback loops;
    • offering large-scale resource and talent availability, by offering a joint-delivery model with our engineering partner, AECOM;
    • understanding the purpose of the reports, what they needed to deliver and what internal processes they would inform.

    The project  

    4Sight surveyed the streams using cutting-edge field data collection and remote Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technology, which allowed for:

    • real-time quality control and data management;
    • highly detailed assessments of stream ecological health;
    • stormwater and infrastructure and stormwater conveyance to be completed. 

    We used our findings from the surveys to classify stream values, which we then assimilated into a Watercourse Management Plan aimed at enhancing degrading streams and remedying specific stormwater inputs. 

    The plan takes into account the significant growth pressures facing the Auckland region and the important role played by urban streams in conveying stormwater within realistic environmental and economic constraints. 

    The outcome

    The client was provided with WAPs for the three different catchments 4Sight surveyed. Our main priority is always to achieve the best possible outcome for the client, so with that in mind we made sure to centre the reports around the real world context in which they would be used.

    The reports balance the multiple, sometimes conflicting, pressures faced by waterways, and also prioritise works and community engagement on a regional basis.

     

    Watercourse Assessment

    Lending Multidisciplinary Expertise to Auckland Council's Waterways Planning Team

    As a key service provider to Auckland Council's Waterways Planning team, 4Sight has surveyed over 130km of streams and has helped to develop Watercourse Assessment Reports for three separate catchments.

    ACHIEVING A SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME THROUGH COLLABORATION AND TRUST

    4Sight helped Auckland Council deliver an award-winning stream restoration and wetland project that helped to resolve flooding and improve the ecological and amenity features of an urban stream environment. 

    The project

    4Sight assisted with the environmental management and compliance apsects of the Martyn Wilson Reserve project. We also helped the client obtain consents and provided technical input to the project's contamination aspects where it was needed.

    Key features of the project included:

    • Construction of a formed stormwater treatment pond;
    • Clearing of mangroves;
    • Extensive landscape native planting along the stream margins to reduce erosion and provide ecological habitat;
    • Constructed timber boardwalk and footbridge to improve community connectivity with the stream;
    • Control of the water flow from the pond via a weir which was constructed with special features to allow fish passage.

    The approach

    Our approach to the project was centred around high levels of trust and collaboration; we worked with several different consultancies and also went to great lengths to involve local residents and schools in the decision-making process.

    This mutual respect and trust with the local residents, formed during high-level engagement at the project's consultation stage, was built upon by the construction team who established an outstanding level of rapport with the local residents.

    Our role as the project's independent compliance advisor helped to achieve a greater level of buy-in from all parties. This meant that when design changes were required, a collaborative approach could be used and all parties were aware of the fast turnaround times required.

    THE OUTCOME

    The project was an outstanding success due to the high levels of trust, respect and collaboration between all parties involved. It was such a success, in fact, that it won numerous awards including the Excellence in Environmental Practice award at the New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards 2013, the 2013 New Zealand Contractors' Federation Environmental Award for projects under $2 million, and the Ingenium Excellence Awards 2013 – Winner projects under $2 million.

    Martyn Wilson Reserve

    Achieving a Successful Outcome Through Collaboration and Trust

    Stream Restoration and Wetland Project. 4Sight helped Auckland Council deliver an award-winning stream restoration and wetland project.

    HELPING AUCKLAND COUNCIL WITH THE SMOOTH ADOPTION OF NEW REGULATIONS

    As a trusted advisor to Auckland Council, 4Sight helped to review the internal implementation and administration of their new Cultural Impact Assessment (CIA) provisions in the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP).

    The project

    4Sight worked with key council departments affected by the new CIA rules (as both a regulator and an applicant) to identify any issues and opportunities. We then came up with short, medium and long-term solutions to respond to the new requirements whilst maintaining their original intent.

    We provided these solutions to the council and they were then discussed with Mana Whenua representatives at a hui to help identify the best way forward.

    THE APPROACH

    We worked with key council departments to gain a detailed understanding of the issues and the opportunities provided by the new rules. This helped us develop solutions for the council that reflected the individual needs and constraints of each department, whilst also helping the council maintain a coordinated and consistent relationship with Mana Whenua.

     

    THE OUTCOME

    Following our advice, Auckland Council has put measures in place to respond to the rules in a way that helps to avoid some of the potential issues that were raised when the PAUP was introduced. 

    A key recommendation to establish an in-house public Mana Whenua consultation facilitation service was adopted. This provides an important service for “mum and dad” type applicants who may have no idea how to contact or consult with Mana Whenua.  

    Cultural Impact Assessment Policy

    Helping Auckland City Council with the Smooth Adoption of NewRegulations

    As a trusted advisor to Auckland Council, 4Sight helped to review the implementation and administration of their new Cultural Impact Assessment (CIA) provisions in the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP). 

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    WORKING TO OBTAIN RESOURCE CONSENTS IN THE FACE OF HEAVY TECHNICAL OPPOSITION

    Ngati Tuwharetoa Geothermal Assets Limited (NTGA) engaged 4Sight in late 2011 to help acquire resource consents to take additional geothermal fluid from the Kawerau geothermal field, and then again for a second application to renew an existing consent to discharge residue geothermal fluid into the Tarawera River.

    The project 

    4Sight acted as the lead planning advisor for the take application, with key tasks being: 

    • Working in conjunction with the client and legal advisors to scope the case and evidence requirements;
    • Reviewing/integrating scientific and technical information and evidence (Council and Environment Court evidence);
    • Preparing draft conditions of consent;
    • Preparing and delivering planning evidence for the council hearing;
    • Reviewing council decisions and 3rd party appeals;
    • Preparing Environment Court evidence and negotiating conditions.

    We are currently preparing to proceed to a public hearing for the discharge application. Our role has been more varied for this application. So far we have:

    • Reviewed scientific and technical information associated with the Tarawera River;
    • Identified critical gaps in the application and scoped project briefs to fill the gaps in short periods of time;
    • Prepared an application and assessment of environmental effects for the renewal in accordance with the RMA, which was accepted at first lodgement;
    • Liaised with barristers, Bay of Plenty Regional Council staff and other key stakeholders;
    • Carried out statutory planning assessments.

    The approach

     The take application is still ongoing, and is primarily made up of scientific and technical issues. Ian Mayhew, a Principal Planning & Policy Consultant at 4Sight, has contributed significantly to a successful outcome by placing the environmental effects of the project into the context of the planning framework which ultimately decides the appropriateness of granting the consent.

    Ian has also ensured that the application's renewal occurred smoothly and that critical dates were met, so that the client can continue to operate while the replacement consent is being assessed. The application's lodging date was fast approaching by the time 4Sight was commissioned, so we made sure the appropriate information requirements were identified at the outset, so that the application could still be prepared within relatively tight time constraints.

    THE OUTCOME 

    The resource consent for the take was approved by the Environment Court after a short hearing, where appeals were resolved and the consent's conditions were agreed upon. The resource consent for the discharge is currently being finalised. 

    Throughout this project, we demonstrated our ability to work to extremely tight deadlines and also to obtain resource consents in the face of significant technical opposition. 

     

    Ngati Tuwharetoa Geothermal Assets

    Working to Obtain Resource Consents in the Face of Heavy Technical Opposition

    Ngati Tuwharetoa Geothermal Assets Limited (NTGA) engaged 4Sight in late 2011 to help acquire resource consents to take additional geothermal fluid from the Kawerau geothermal field.

    HELPING TRANSPOWER SAFELY REMOVE HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES AND REUSE DECONSTRUCTION MATERIALS

    As part of Transpower's Benmore and Haywards Pole 1 Deconstruction Project, 4Sight was engaged to assist where historic operations had resulted in mercury contamination within the building.  There was asbestos-containing material (ACM) present, and in some areas the ACM was also contaminated with mercury. 4Sight’s innovative protocol meant asbestos and mercury removal in a manner that provided for worker health and safety and environmental protection.  It also allowed crushed concrete from the deconstruction project to be used as backfill material, which avoided disposal costs and a reduced carbon footprint.            

    The project

     4Sight was engaged to help with the deconstruction of the Pole 1 buildings at the Benmore and Haywards substations, where historic operations had resulted in mercury contamination within the building.  There was asbestos-containing material (ACM) present, and in some areas the ACM was also contaminated with mercury.     

    Transpower wanted to deconstruct the Pole 1 building and use the concrete from the process as fill material in the Pole 1 building's basement; however, this couldn't proceed until the asbestos and mercury were removed and the client obtained consent.

    Drawing on our experience with national, regional, and district requirements, as well as international experience in ACM and mercury removal, we helped Transpower evaluate the human health and ecological risks and costs associated with various deconstruction, building reuse, and debris disposal scenarios for the project. We also helped the client reduce their potential liability by providing rigorous systems to document processes and maintain transparency in remediation activities.

    The approach

    In our work on the project, we:

    • Developed an innovative protocol for mercury and asbestos removal and removal evaluation;
    • Evaluated potential ecological and human health risks from reuse of cleaned concrete as on-site fill material;
    • Developed a resource consenting strategy, which was a joint effort by 4Sight's Land and Water Quality team and our Planning and Policy team;
    • Prepared consent applications;
    • Presented information to Canterbury Regional Council;
    • Provided recommendations for appropriate monitoring strategies to ensure environmental protection, including recommending guideline levels for surface water and sediment monitoring.
    • Monitored contractor works against the protocol; and
    • Evaluated air monitoring and other data

     

    THE OUTCOME

    4Sight’s innovative protocol meant the removal contractor did not require containment for asbestos removal.    By using our international contacts, we identified products that allow the safe removal of asbestos-containing tiles and adhesive without containment being required and with no airborne release of asbestos.  The protocol was approved by Environment Canterbury and WorkSafe NZ.  This innovation has resulted in a cost savings of over $100,000 at Benmore alone. 

    Consent was granted with guideline values for environmental protection, and the monitoring programme as presented in the application was approved. Being able to reuse deconstruction materials on-site will save Transpower tens of thousands of dollars, with the alternative being off-site disposal.

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    As part of Transpower's Benmore and Haywards Pole 1 Deconstruction Project, 4Sight was engaged to assist where historic operations had resulted in mercury contamination within the building. 

    BALANCING THE NEEDS OF THE CLIENT, COMMUNITY AND COUNCIL

    2degrees officially launched its mobile service in 2009 but the team at 4Sight have been working with the company since 2005, successfully managing the programme delivery of the resource consent process for the company’s national network rollout.

    THE PROJECT

    Gaining resource consents for over 400 sites across New Zealand required 4Sight to work with 61 territorial local authorities and included:

    • Planning services for new site builds, site upgrades, site changes and moves;
    • Representation at pre-hearing meetings and public hearings
    • Local government liaison;
    • General policy and compliance advice;
    • Consultation support;
    • Training on the interpretation of the National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health (NES);
    • Provision of general advice on the implementation of the NES at a specific site level;
    • Undertaking site-specific investigations to meet the requirements of the NES.


    THE OUTCOME

    Our longstanding and ongoing relationship with 2degrees demonstrates 4Sight’s ability to successfully deliver large, complex telecommunications projects on time, within scope and budget. It also shows our commitment to achieving high quality outcomes for all stakeholders.

    THE APPROACH

    Managing the coordination and delivery of the necessary consents, often in short timeframes, required a collaborative and flexible approach. Our planners worked within the 2degrees project teams which were divided into areas of the country, each with their own 2degrees Project Manager. The scale of the network build demanded a  range of scalable planning skills, which 4Sight was able to deliver in an integrated manner to satisfy the client’s daily, monthly and annual milestones.

    On a programme of this nature and scale, hurdles will inevitably arise. The planning team's extensive knowledge and experience dealing with contentious sites made them excellent ‘problem solvers’, enabling the team to overcome obstacles and devise solutions that meet the needs of the client, community and council.

    4Sight has helped 2degrees with a huge cell site consenting programme since before 2degrees’ launch in 2009, delivering around 600 approvals for new sites and upgrades around the country. 4Sight’s staff integrate seamlessly into our project teams and provide robust advice and design input, and have a thorough but most importantly efficient approach to our applications and Council relationships, which ensures we can meet extremely tight consenting timeframes on key projects. 4Sight are also adaptable and always willing to accommodate the changing needs of our business without a fuss.
    — Ben Blakemore, RAN Manager, 2degrees

    2 Degrees Mobile

    2degrees officially launched its mobile service in 2009 but the team at 4Sight have been working with the company's National Cellular Network rollout since 2001.

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    NAVIGATING THE CHALLENGES FACING A NEW MARINA

    4Sight provided community and stakeholder engagement/consultation along with planning and specialist coastal ecological services to help develop a new marina in a challenging environment. 

    The project

    4Sight have been involved with the Sandspit marina project since its inception. So far we have:

    • Been involved in community and stakeholder consultation;
    • Prepared AEEs and lodgements for the project's various district and regional consents;
    • Carried out ecological assessments;
    • Reviewed submissions on the project and coordinated the applicant’s case at the joint council hearing;
    • Coordinated the lodging of an Environment Court appeal against a land use consent decision;
    • Managed a successful Environment Court-directed mediation;
    • Investigated a revised marina layout which would reduce construction costs;
    • Developed a programme for implementing all of the consent conditions and ensuring that engineers and contractors were aware of them;
    • Obtained council approval for the construction ecological and water quality monitoring programme and oversaw its implementation. 

    The approach

    4Sight are the trusted planning and environmental consultancy for a number of clients across New Zealand on a wide range of coastal development projects including ports, ferry landings, marinas, wharves and reclamations. This experience has given us deep insight into the inner-workings of local government – in particular how to navigate their clients through complex RMA and related environmental matters.

    We have a thorough understanding of the types of consents required for coastal projects and the different ways to ensure they're obtained quickly and cost-effectively. Our Principal Planner, Max Dunn, has successfully consented more than 8 marina developments himself, and has also acted as an independent hearing commissioner of the Onehunga Foreshore reclamation in Auckland. Our Principal Ecologist Mark Poynter has been involved in eight marina developments.

     

     

    THE OUTCOME

    4Sight has successfully guided the marina society through a difficult resource consent process and have successfully achieved their desired result. 

    We advised the society on the costs for each phase of the project, and were able to work within agreed budgets for each of them. We also helped to identify design changes and consent conditions as part of our role in the project, which saved the society time and money.  

    Moving forward, 4Sight is still playing an active role in consent condition implementation, which shows our ability to assists clients far beyond the resource consent acquisition phase – right through to project completion and operation. 

    Sandspit Marina

    Navigating the Challenges Facing a New Marina

    4Sight provided community and stakeholder engagement/consultation along with planning and specialist coastal ecological services to help develop a new marina in a challenging environment. 

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    BALANCING AESTHETIC, ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS 

    4Sight was engaged to provide ecological and planning services to help the client carry out a 16 lot residential subdivision in an ecologically sensitive area. 

    The approach 

    4Sight worked with the project's stakeholders to ensure development would lead to a positive environmental outcome. To achieve this aim, we collaborated with project engineers to incorporate environmental mitigation strategies into the design process. 

    It was crucial to keep the site's anticipated effects and outcomes closely aligned with council expectations, so we made sure to keep an open line of communication with the council's project ecologist for the entirety of the project. 

    We provided advice on stormwater outfall placement to help minimise any adverse effects on native vegetation within the Significant Ecological Area (SEA), and we remained in constant contact with the client to ensure the project's consenting requirements could be met without delaying the development timetable.  

    The project

    4Sight were involved in the project's early development stages right through to its completion. As part of our involvement, we:

    • assessed the site's ecological values, including the vegetation within and surrounding a SEA, encompassing stream and terrestrial habitats for birds, lizards, and bats; 
    • prepared an Ecological Effect Assessment report;
    • prepared a Lizard Management Plan (LMP);
    • implemented the LMP, including lizard rescue prior to the works, housing and re-release following the works;
    • assisted the client with post consent monitoring;
    • prepared a covenant management plan. 

     

    The outcome

    Thanks to our support, the client was able to successfully carry out a residential subdivision in close proximity to a Significant Ecological Area (SEA). Our input ensured that the subdivision's design provided long-term ecological benefits for the SEA whilst also making them an attractive feature of the subdivision. 

    Greenhithe Residential Subdivision

    Balancing Aesthetic, Economic and Environmental Concerns

    4Sight was engaged to provide ecological and planning services to help the client carry out a 16 lot residential subdivision in an ecologically sensitive area. 

    OUTSIDE THE BOX THINKING STREAMLINES CONSENTING PROCESS FOR PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT 

    4Sight provides cost-effective and time-efficient investigations of potentially contaminated land to satisfy consenting requirements for property developers.

    The project

    4Sight has conducted preliminary and detailed site investigations of proposed residential development sites, where the land has previously been used for:

    • Orchards;
    • Market gardens;
    • Timber mills;
    • Petrol stations;
    • Fertiliser sales and storage;
    • Manufacturing sites.

    We carry out all of our investigations in accordance with the Ministry for the Environment's Contaminated Land Management Guidelines and meet the requirements of the National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health.

     

     

    The approach

    We review historic and council records, conduct site inspections and reconstruct site histories to evaluate their potential risks. In the interest of saving the client time and money, we also sometimes conduct limited sampling during our preliminary investigation.

    After analysing our results from the preliminary investigation, we determine if the potential risk will allow the proposed activity to be consented. We then normally negotiate with councils to allow additional investigations to take place alongside any planned earthworks, thus saving the client additional costs.

    The Outcome

    Thanks to our in-depth understanding of the regulatory requirements, and our innovative investigative approaches such as composite sampling and field screening for heavy metals, we've been able to save clients time and money and have helped to assure a fast and smooth consenting process. 

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    Outside the Box Thinking Streamlines Consenting Process for Property Development

    4Sight provides cost-effective and time-efficient investigations of potentially contaminated land to satisfy consenting requirements for property developers.

    HELPING A FAMILY DEVELOP THIER MODERN DREAM HOME IN A TIGHTLY-CONTROLLED HERITAGE ZONE

    4Sight was engaged by the Canal family to provide planning advice and obtain resource consent for the construction of a new dwelling within the Auckland residential 1 heritage zone. 

    The project

    The idea behind residential 1 heritage zone is to preserve the historic character of the early established neighbourhoods by discouraging development that doesn't fit well with the zone's character. Instead, it encourages renovations and new works to reflect the historic form and pattern of buildings and streetscape.

    Upon seeing the client's architectural concept for their to-be new dwelling, it was immediately apparent to us that it would face heavy opposition from Auckland Council. The design consisted of several modular boxes constructed with concrete and steel, and the upper level being connected by a translucent atrium gateway. Rather than being a recessive nod to its heritage setting, the building would be an eye-catching architectural feature in its own right. 

     

    THE OUTCOME

    The application was processed with supporting reports from staff and was considered by an independent commissioner who was initially unwilling to make a decision because of the difficulty of making the building's appearance fit with the heritage neighbourhood. 

    The commissioner then decided that the application would be best determined at a hearing so the proposal could be presented and discussed by all parties. 4Sight managed the client's hearing preparation, reviewed the supporting evidence and presented the planning evidence. As a result, resource consent was duly granted and the new home has been built.

    The approach

    The main issue of heritage assessment and interpretation was circumvented by arranging pre-lodgement meetings with several key council staff. Matters of concern were identified in the meeting, and we then helped the client reach a compromise by tweaking the concept to better reference some of the area's historic features without substantive changes to the building design needing to be made.

    By doing so we were able to mitigate the main consenting risk and come up with a design that was both in line with the client's vision and supported by the council's heritage architect prior to lodgement. We then held onsite consultation meetings with council parks staff and helped the client obtain written approval for boundary infringements, trees and dependent works located within the adjacent reserve. At our advice, the client also obtained written approval of directly adjacent neighbours. 

    James Hendra of 4Sight Consulting achieved resource consent for our new modern-style house located in the Residential 1 Heritage zone of Freemans Bay. James was an essential member of the pre-build team. James understands heritage planning issues and ensured our architect was well prepared for the design review process. With his planning skill and good relationships with council staff, he was able to guide our modern architectural design though the risky resource consent process, and represented us professionally at the hearing. We are very happy with the result and thrilled to be building our new family home.
    — Edoardo Canal, CPEng - Resident

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    Helping a Family Develop Their Modern Dream Home in a Tightly-Controlled Heritage Zone

    4Sight was engaged by the Canal family to provide planning advice and obtain resource consent for the construction of a new dwelling within the Auckland residential 1 heritage zone. 

    BALANCING CLIENT EXPECTATIONS, ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS AND REGULATORY REALITIES

    4Sight helped Automotive Holdings Group assess the resource consenting constraints for the redevelopment of their industrial site in late 2010, and in 2011 helped them gain consent for their Ford & Mazda showroom redevelopment. 

    The project

    Automotive Holdings Group engaged 4Sight in 2010 to assess the resource consenting constraints for their industrial site's redevelopment. Our involvement in the project saw us assessing a potential contamination at the site and helping the client gain consent to redevelop the western section so that they could build a new Mazda showroom.

    We were then subsequently engaged in 2011 to help the client gain consent for the redevelopment of their Ford showroom, situated in the eastern section of the site, and to carry out a contaminated site management plan and construction management plan.

     

    THE OUTCOME

    The site redevelopments required a number of parking spaces, and the parking shortfall was a significant hurdle in the resource consent process. To overcome this challenge, we had to obtain input from traffic experts and also carefully manage the client’s expectations. In the end an outcome was reached that alleviated the proposals' impact on parking in the area. 

    Our ongoing relationship with the client, along with the successful outcomes we've achieved so far, demonstrate our ability to work with other consultants as “one whole team” and also to carefully balance client expectations, regulatory realities and environmental concerns. 

     

    THE APPROACH

    Both projects required input from a wide range of specialists. The scope of services to help the client gain consent included:

    • Carrying out initial site analysis and scope of required applications; 
    • Organising and reviewing expert reports from architectural, acoustic, traffic, geotechnical and arboricultural professionals;
    • Providing site contamination advice, investigations and sampling;
    • Developing contaminated site management plans, construction management plans and health and safety plans;
    • Representing the client liaising with Auckland Council;
    • Preparing and lodging resource consents;
    • Managing the resource consenting process to ensure quick delivery of consent decisions. 

    We have recently completed a project with 4Sight for the redevelopment of a city fringe site. This involved a range of planning services including traffic planning and contamination reports together with arranging pre lodgement Resource Consent meeting and managing through the Consent and approvals process. The service was friendly, efficient, on time, and effective in achieving our Clients objectives.
    — Roger Langley, vanVeenendaal Rosnell Langley, Architecture Ltd.


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    Balancing Client Expectations, Environmental Concerns and Regulatory Realities

    4Sight helped Automotive Holdings Group assess the resource consenting constraints for the redevelopment of their industrial site

    A LONG-STANDING RELATIONSHIP HELPING NORTHPORT BE A RESPONSIBLE CORPORATE CITIZEN

    4Sight's had a long and ongoing involvement with commercial port operations both at Port Whangarei and also Marsden Point, acting as an advisor on planning and environmental matters to Marsden Maritime Holdings. 

    The project

    Mark Poynter, our Principal Marine Ecologist, has acted as an advisor to the client on a wide range of environmental and planning issues. The team are currently involved in:

    • Investigating methods for disposal of solid wastes (clean fill);
    • Progressing a resource consent for stormwater system sludge disposal;
    • Monitoring issues around the stormwater system's coal stockpile leachates and elevated metals;
    • Overseeing stormwater system monitoring requirements including heavy metals and Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) testing;
    • Reviewing stormwater discharge, tidal, rainfall and wind data related to the collapse of the Mair Bank pipi bed at the Whangarei Harbour's entrance;
    • Establishing an online compliance management system (CS-VUE) to assist the Port with the day-to-management of resource consent compliance.

    The approach

    We take a pragmatic approach to dealing with port-related environmental requirements. We appreciate the fact that there's often a gap between public perception of environmental effect and the reality of the effects for areas of high ecological value such as Marsden Point.  

    Understanding the importance of getting everyone on board, we've also taken great care to present information and engage with interested parties in a way that is technically sound but also easily understood by a wider audience. By working with Northport staff over such a long period of time, we've been able to develop a deep expertise in the area, allowing us to provide high-value advice efficiently.

    THE OUTCOME

    The services we've provided to Northport over the years have given their management team the confidence that it's environmental and wider responsibilities as a corporate citizen are being taken seriously and continue to improve.   

     


     

    Northport

    A Long-Standing Relationship Helping Northport be a Responsible Corporate Citizen.

    4Sight's had a long and ongoing involvement with commercial port operations both at Port Whangarei and also Marsden Point, acting as an advisor on planning and environmental matters to Marsden Maritime Holdings. 

    BALANCING ENVIRONMENTAL, ECONOMIC AND REGULATORY CONCERNS

    4Sight was engaged by Northpower to help them better understand the effects alternative continuation flows would have on river ecology between the headpond diversion and the power station. 

    The project  

    The aim of the project is to provide Northpower with a specific minimum flow and a preferred range of minimum flow which the hydroelectric station should be operated within from a river health perspective.

    Due to the project's nature, an understanding of the catchment's broad ecological landscape and the current limitations to existing ecology and water quality is required.

    The affected river section has already been investigated in terms of:

    • Habitat structure;
    • Sensitivity to flow reduction;
    • Intrinsic ecological health (fish, macroinvertebrate and water quality);
    • Ecological potential in relation to the natural flood regime (peak flows);
    • A proposed low flow regime.

    A great deal of consideration needs to be given to the implications for hydrostation operations and the economics of “dedicating” flow for instream purposes. 

    The approach 

    In order to determine the values that should be applied to the potentially affected river section, we spent the initial phases of the project gathering information on the physical, hydrological, ecological and water quality characteristics of the catchment.

    We then supported this analysis with further instream studies of specific representative cross-sections within the river under indicative flow, with the aim of predicting the consequences of a low flow regime (of a particular order) and the impacts of pulsing flow within a specified range.

    It was important to thoroughly understanding the base ecology, so we also did some limited macroinvertebrate sampling. The work was carried out alongside hydrological engineers so that the consequences of the various low flow options were kept as close as possible to the “real world”.

     

     

    THE OUTCOME

    Through our work with the client, we were able to develop a verifiable continuation flow regime which is acceptable to the power generator as well as the consent authority and iwi. It allows for efficient use of and strategic planning for the planning station, and also has appropriate safeguards to the instream ecology. 

    Northpower Wairau River Power Station

    Balancing Environmental, Economic and Regulatory Concerns

    4Sight was engaged by Northpower to help them better understand the effects alternative continuation flows would have on river ecology between the headpond diversion and the power station. 

    ENSURING AUCKLAND'S NEW WATER SUPPLY IS INSTALLED WITH MINIMAL IMPACT TO THE ENVIRONMENT

    The Fulton Hogan-John Holland joint venture engaged 4Sight in early 2012 to act as contaminated land specialists for the installation of the Hunua 4 water main pipeline. In May 2013, our role was broadened to include acting as the Environmental & Compliance Manager for section 2 of the pipeline. 

    The project

    The Hunua 4 project, which is being undertaken by Watercare, is to install a new water main. The objectives of the project are to cater for Auckland's population growth and make the water supply more secure. Services provided by 4Sight include:

    • Overseeing assessment and management of soil and groundwater contamination along the construction route;
    • Ensuring the project complies with the conditions of the contaminated land discharge consent;
    • Soil vapour and landfill gas monitoring;
    • Managing accidental discoveries of contamination, including asbestos;
    • Interpreting soil, surface water and groundwater analytical data and soil-vapour readings;
    • Liaising with Auckland Council as the regulatory authority;
    • Providing advice and direction on any encountered contaminations.

     

    The approach

    Effective collaboration between the project's different stakeholders is critical to its success. 4Sight is working closely with the joint venture to facilitate a collaborative environment where all parties' interests are fairly represented.

    Due to the installation's nature, a wide range of environmental issues have been – and will be – encountered. As a result, 4Sight has had to provide specialist advice on multiple issues encompassing several different disciplines. Our work so far has included regular field inspections, comprehensive data assessment, liaising with Auckland Council and coaching the client's onsite employees.

    The Outcome

    So far we've helped the client to fully comply with regional authorities, and have helped them strike the right balance between environmental concerns and cost-effectiveness. 

    I have dealt with hundreds of consultants over the years and dozens of different businesses ranging from multiple nationals to boutique niche providers and therefore I feel as though I can give you a valid impression of your business and the service provided. I have regularly dealt with both Renate Schutte and Anne Lightfoot regarding contaminated land issues associated with our project and without exception they have been brilliant. Their advice and direction has been a breath of fresh air and has restored my faith in consultants. They have been quick to respond, thorough, and utterly professional. Both Renate and Anne have greatly contributed to the successful start-up of our project. They are a credit to their professional and to your business and I look forward to working with them over the next 4 years of this project. Many thanks and congratulations on truly top customer service.
    — Simon Cathcart, (then) Environmental & Quality Manager, Fulton Hogan John Holland Joint Venture

    Hunua

    Ensuring Auckland's New Water Supply is Installed with Minimal Impact to the Environment

    The Fulton Hogan-John Holland joint venture engaged 4Sight in early 2012 to act as contaminated land specialists for the installation of the Hunua 4 water main pipeline.

    HELPING TO DEVELOP NEW ZEALAND'S SIGNIFICANT COASTAL WALKWAYS WITH MINIMAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

    4Sight has been involved in several ecologically sensitive coastal walkway projects throughout New Zealand including the Oneroa Beachfront Cycle and Walkway in Gisborne as well as the Orakei Basin and Weona Walkways in Auckland. 

    THE APPROACH

    The interface between land and sea is often an ecologically sensitive environment, and is of particular value to iwi and local communities. As a result, 4Sight's approach with coastal walkway projects is to have early input into the route selection and design phases. 

    Doing so helps us understand and outline the project's key ecological and cultural priorities, and build these into its design in a pragmatic manner. It also gives us the opportunity to align the client's vision with community interests and environmental concerns from the offset.

     
     

    THE PROJECT

    Coastal projects encompass multiple complex stages including constraints analysis, route selection and construction works management. We lend our planning and ecological expertise to every stage in our clients' projects, with some of our services including:

    • assisting with developing designs, pulling specialist teams together and managing experts
    • aiding with the acquisition of land use and regional consents;
    • iwi and community consultation
    • terrestrial, wetland, estuarine and marine surveys;
    • terrestrial and coastal bird surveys;
    • native lizard habitat and population surveys;
    • assessment of ecological effects;
    • preparation of ecological management plans;
    • lizard capture, captive management and relocation; 
    • ecological design input;
    • supporting environmental compliance during construction

    THE OUTCOME

    4Sight has been involved in a large number of coastal walkway projects over the years. As a result of this extensive experience, our planners and ecologists have been able to help our clients produce walkway designs that strike a careful balance between community and iwi interests, environmental concerns and economic realities.

    Coastal Walkways

    Helping to Develop New Zealand

    4Sight has been involved in several ecologically sensitive coastal walkway projects throughout New Zealand including the Oneroa Beachfront Cycle and Walkway in Gisborne as well as the Orakei Basin and Weona Walkways in Auckland. 

    HELPING IWI FISHERIES ACHIEVE A MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

    To assist towards planning for, protecting and sustainably managing their freshwater environment and customary freshwater fisheries, 4Sight was engaged to help the eight mana whenua iwi of Te Tau Ihu gain a deeper understanding of their native freshwater environment.

    The project

    4Sight undertook a review of historical and current scientific and cultural research within the rohe, to understand the current state. A range of interview materials was then designed to capture and understand:

    • traditional fishing histories, tikanga and kawa specific to hapū or iwi;
    • mahinga kai sites, and taonga species  – how they were and how they are now, individual perspectives on current issues and solutions, and
    • iwi aspirations for the future.

    Face-to-face interviews were carried out with Kaumātua throughout the rohe. The interviews were professionally filmed by writer and film director Wiremu Grace to capture these personal memories as part of the historical record. 

    The final output provided a visual representation of environmental and historical information using GIS mapping to support the report.

    The approach

    We recognised from the start that our client was seeking more than just another scientific report, but more a reflection of the state of the rohe from an iwi and hapu perspective, represented visually and backed by hard facts.    This required a diverse set of skills encompassing ecology, freshwater and customary fisheries management, policy, GIS and an understanding of Te Ao Māori.

    • We gave a voice to iwi and hapū aspirations through interviews. Establishing relationships through correct protocol, acknowledging mana, and taking the time to talk and listen meant that Kaumātua felt comfortable to express their views, and share their history.
    • We used our familiarity with ecological databases and information sources to find and incorporate a wide range of relevant information.
    • We used GIS mapping to present information visually in a way that was easy to understand, while retaining a greater level of detail that could be analysed at any given time;
    • We presented the results orally, and provided digital copies of the GIS maps and final report.