Ecology

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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Helping a retired couple save considerable dollars by providing them with cost-effective solutions to safely build their dream home

The Project

A retired couple in Whanganui sought the help of 4Sight consulting to assist them with cost effective solutions to remediate a former market garden / community allotment in Whanganui where they were looking to build their dream home.

The Approach

The client purchased a small (800 m2) plot of land in Whanganui that was vacant and undeveloped. Through the client's due diligence process and building consent application notice, it was apparent (as mentioned) that the site was formerly part of a small market garden / community orchard.

Market gardens are an activity listed on the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) Hazardous Activities and Industries List (HAIL) as something which has the potential to contaminate soil, and therefore potentially pose a risk to human health, due to the potential use of pesticides.

4Sight were approached by the client to complete a Preliminary Site Investigation (PSI) and Detailed Site Investigation (DSI) to support the resource consent application process.

Soil sampling indicated widespread impact by arsenic to shallow soils across much of the property, which was likely to be from the application and use of spray fertilisers, plus the use of CCA treated timbers, associated with the former use of the site.

To combat this, 4Sight developed a cost effective remediation strategy involving the removal of soils from highly impacted areas, and vertical soil/mixing and blending of shallower soils with cleaner deeper soils in less impacted areas. We then worked with the client to help them better understand and refine development plans, which subsequently resulted in 4Sight undertaking a Tier 2 site-specific risk assessment to determine the risk (if any) posed to human health by residual concentrations of arsenic in the soil.

The Outcome

The outcomes of the assessment revealed that all soils remaining on-site did not exceed the derived site-specific assessment criteria, and by working with the client to adjust the proposed building footprint we were able to encapsulate residual impact beneath the building footprint so that residual concentrations of arsenic in shallow soils at the site would be highly unlikely to pose a risk to human health.

By conducting limited soil remediation via a multi-staged approach, and subsequently conducting a Tier 2 risk assessment, we were able to save the client over an estimated $100,000 in soil disposal costs alone, in addition to avoiding costly project delays.

Contaminated Soil vs. Retiree Dream Home

Helping a retired couple save considerable dollars by providing them with cost-effective solutions to safely build their dream home.

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Navigating a complex planning landscape to ensure business continuity for a treasured geothermal holiday park

THE PROJECT

Athenree Hot Springs and Holiday Park has been operating in Athenree, Bay of Plenty for around 70 years. Many generations have enjoyed this attractive local icon, with the pools being the main feature of the Park and central to the operation of the business. When the resource consents required to supply geothermal water to the pools, and to discharge the used pool water to the Coastal Marine Area were due to expire, the Park engaged 4Sight Consulting to help them navigate this process. Key tasks included:

  • Early identification of key consenting issues and requirements;

  • Supporting consultation with key stakeholders, including Tangata Whenua and Marine & Coastal Area Act Applicants;

  • Utilisation of existing information where possible to streamline the process;

  • Preparing a thorough AEE and consent application, including pump test and draw down analyses, for the taking of geothermal water and the discharge of water to the Coastal Marine Area; and

  • Advocating for the client through pre-lodgement discussions with the Regional Council, securing s124 (continued use) rights, negotiating workable consent conditions, and providing timely and accurate responses to technical queries.

THE APPROACH

4Sight ensured that the resource consent renewals occurred smoothly and that critical dates were met, so that the client could continue to operate while the replacement consents were being assessed. The required lodging date was fast approaching by the time 4Sight was commissioned, so we made sure the appropriate information requirements were identified at the outset, and consultation was initiated early, so that the application could still be lodged within tight time constraints.

We navigated complex planning issues and undertook a thorough assessment of environmental effects. Our post lodgement support throughout the consent process ensured a mutually beneficial outcome for the client.

4Sight's main strength in working with the client is our ability to draw on practical RMA planning experience, geothermal, hydrological and coastal expertise, and knowledge of Māori environmental issues.

THE OUTCOME

The project resulted in the non-notified granting of replacement resource consents with pragmatic consent conditions and no disruption to the operation of this celebrated business.

Athenree Hot Springs and Holiday Park

Navigating a complex planning landscape to ensure business continuity for a treasured geothermal holiday park.

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Wānanga/focus group facilitation with Ngāti Toa

The Project

4Sight facilitated four focus groups, prepared detailed agendas, facilitated the kaupapa and engagement between technical science and coastal advisors (from GWRC and DOC) and recorded the outcomes and actions from each focus group.

4Sight assisted Ngāti Toa Rangatira:

  • To define and identify what cultural indicators were in a Ngāti Toa context;

  • To develop a framework for the initial indicators to sit within;

  • To develop initial indicators to be tested in Te Awarua-o-Porirua; and

  • In a testing day in Te Awarua-o-Porirua, where Ngāti Toa tested and trialled the marine cultural health indicators.

4Sight assisted GWRC and DOC by:

  • Preparing detailed materials, resources, and activities for whānau before each wānanga;

  • Preparing detailed agendas for, and recording actions from each meeting;

  • Recording detailed notes from each wānanga to assist reporting and project management;

  • Project management support between each wānanga; and

  • Working collaboratively and preparing high quality resources drawing on our wider expertise and experience in coastal, ecological and environmental projects.

The Outcome

We partnered with Ngāti Toa, GWRC and DOC to successfully deliver an initial set of marine cultural health indicators which whānau tested and trialled in Te Awarua-o-Porirua. We facilitated the ground work to allow Ngāti Toa to continue developing and refining the initial indicators, with support from GWRC and DOC science and coastal advisors. 4Sight continues to grow our relationship with Ngāti Toa, GWRC and DOC.

The Approach

4Sight assisted Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and the Department of Conservation (DOC) in leading a series of wānanga (focus groups) with Ngāti Toa Rangatira to develop an initial suite of marine cultural health indicators for their rohe.

4Sight leveraged our existing relationship with Ngāti Toa Rangatira, GWRC and DOC as a trusted advisor to facilitate the exchange of mātauranga Māori (indigenous and local Māori knowledge) and scientific knowledge. We adopted a whānau centred approach and assisted them to develop an initial set of marine cultural health indicators and to test these in Te Awarua-o-Porirua (Porirua Harbour).

The Ngāti Toa Rangatira Marine Cultural Health Indicator Project

Wānanga/focus group facilitation with Ngāti Toa, GWRC and DOC

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.

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. 

Auckland Council

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 – WATERCOURSE ASSESSMENT REPORTS

4Sight, as a key service provider to the Council's Waterways Planning team, has surveyed over 300 km of streams and developed WARs for seven catchments to date with a number more currently underway.

The approach

Healthy and Connected Waterways and a Water Sensitive Community are core strategic objectives that the Auckland Council Healthy Waters Unit wants to achieve.

Watercourse Assessment Reports – or WARs as they are termed – are an integrated assessment, management and enhancement framework that play a key role in achieving these strategic objectives and delivering effective ecological health and efficient stormwater function across the region’s rivers and streams.

We recognised that WARs support both development and water sensitive design outcomes and would be used to inform the “master planning” process and Council-led management and restoration interventions, so we focused on gaining a thorough understanding of the strategic context in which the WARs would be used. We did this by:

  • understanding the stream and stormwater management objectives the Healthy Waters Unit and wider council was looking to achieve;

  • working closely alongside the client to strike the balance between watercourse protection and enhancement in the context of existing stream values and enabling development;

  • offering large-scale resource and talent availability to keep pace in which catchments were changing.

The project  

4Sight used cutting-edge field data collection and remote Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technology to undertake highly detailed assessments of stream ecological health and stormwater infrastructure, and identify where issues, such as fish passage or erosion, or opportunity for restoration and enhancement exist.

We used these findings to develop WARs which were fit-for-purpose and provided a prioritised list of recommendations and key management requirements for the watercourse aimed at enhancement and remedying the specific stormwater issues. The findings and recommendation were mapped, and the survey data provided back to Council in a quality checked (geo) database so that it could inform other projects.

The outcome

The WARs took 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.

4Sight continues to assist the Healthy Waters Unit and greater-Council achieve its strategic goals and objectives related to our valued blue and green networks and communities.

 

Watercourse Assessment

Lending multidisciplinary expertise to Auckland Council’s Waterways Planning team – Watercourse Assessment Reports

4Sight, a key service provider to Auckland Council's Waterways Planning team, has surveyed over 300 km of streams and has helped to develop Watercourse Assessment Reports for seven separate catchments with more underway.

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.

TRANSPOWER POLE 1

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. 

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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. 

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 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. 

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.

The outcome

Iwi now have a clearer understanding and documented record of the state of the native freshwater fishery, the various pressures it faces, the regulatory mechanism, along with a clear picture of the information gaps that need to be filled to enable long term sustainable management.  

Prioritised recommendations to address information gaps were developed in line with iwi driven solutions that will help achieve iwi aspirations for freshwater fishery management.

Te Tau Ihu

The Native Freshwater Fishery

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

IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND RECREATIONAL VALUE OF A SIGNIFICANT REGIONAL LANDMARK

Ever since 2001, 4Sight has played a crucial role in helping Auckland City to identify and address the causes of poor water quality in Orakei Basin.

The project

4Sight has been working to improve Orakei Basin's environmental and recreational value for almost 15 years. Some projects we've worked on to help achieve this goal include:

  • Dredging contaminated sediments from the basin;

  • Options studies to improve water quality and address historical sewer overflow contamination in the creek;

  • Developing a strategy for the long-term management of the basin;

  • Extensive iwi, stakeholder and community consultation;

  • Resource consent acquisition for continued impoundment;

  • Acting as a facilitator between stakeholder groups and council, whose relationship had become fragile on a number of basin-related projects;

  • Helping the council to resolve significant resource management problems carried over from another consultancy;

  • Facilitating the delivery of a $3 million coastal boardwalk and cycleway around the basin;

  • Delivering a project to restore the failing access road and carpark;

  • Leading the design, investigation and consenting of further sections of the coastal boardwalk network.

The approach

We provided a holistic service which encompassed all of the environmental, community and planning aspects associated with the basin. These services included:

  • Working to understand the city's responsibilities under the Local Government Act, Reserves Act, Historic Places Act and RMA;

  • Maintaining strong working relationships, based on trust and mutual respect, with key parties such as iwi residents and environmental protection groups;

  • Identifying project delivery risks, and developing strategies to manage and address those risks to reduce costs and time frames;

  • Representing the council to internal stakeholders, external stakeholders and other interested parties;

  • Working collaboratively with other consultants to deliver the best possible outcome for the client;

  • Engaging with the local community;

  • Working with the contractors to ensure high levels of environmental compliance were achieved.

The ongoing success of the project can be attributed to the development of a long-standing relationship between 4Sight and the client that extends beyond the individuals involved. 

The outcome

The Orakei Basin is a unique archaeological and geological feature of the Auckland Region and an important recreational asset. Our long-standing involvement has encompassed a wide range of projects addressing many different types of resource management issues. The decision to continue the impoundment was a significant achievement, as despite opposing view points, the publicly notified consents were granted without needing to proceed to a public hearing. 

 We have successfully represented the council at Environment Court Mediation, and have helped to heal fragmented community relationships. Our work over the years has shown great innovation and has also been extremely cost-effective. 

4Sight have worked on a lot of sensitive and high profile sites for Auckland City Parks. They have taken on consents, communications and project management with a sense of ownership and drive. Current work on Orakei Basin has tied together archaeological, arboricultural and coastal marine aspects of consenting into achievable physical works. Their ability to deal with disparate and motivated stakeholders and give clear guidance to contractors has been integral to project success.
— Greg Hannah

Orakei Basin

Orakei Basin

Ever since 2001, 4Sight has played a crucial role in helping Auckland City to identify and address the causes of poor water quality, and deliver a wide range of projects to improve the use and amenity of this regionally significant water body.

COASTAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS BENEFIT FROM TAKING AN INTEGRATED APPROACH

4Sight is currently working alongside Worley Parson engineers to deliver a range of port projects, including redeveloped cargo yard and wharf facilities, and continued maintenance dredging and offshore disposal for Eastland Port Ltd.

The project

4Sight are currently investigating various options for improving breakwater protection and extended vessel berthing/loading facilities. This has included, among other things:

  • Preparing environmental impact assessments;

  • Engaging stakeholders;

  • Contaminated land management;

  • Working alongside various specialists such as acoustic engineers and archaeologists.

Our role was recently extended, and 4Sight are now responsible for managing Eastland Port's resource consent compliance programme. We are also currently preparing a Port Environmental Management Plan which covers port and related inland cargo.

Eastland Port recently lodged coastal permit applications for continued maintenance dredging and offshore disposal. As a result, we were required to review the Port of Gisborne's historical dredging and water quality data. The aim of doing so was to assess the port's significance as a settlement area for juvenile crayfish, which some stakeholders see as an important issue. 

The outcome

By joining forces with our engineering partner, Worley Parson, 4Sight have been able to give the client a service offering which encompasses planning, environmental and engineering services – all of which are in relation to the development and maintenance of the port.

 As a result of successful stakeholder consultation, the consent for continued maintenance dredging has been lodged on a limited notified basis. The port has also established a company-wide compliance management system – with clearly allocated responsibilities – thanks to 4Sight's ongoing compliance support. 

The approach

4Sight has been Eastland Port's trusted planning and environmental consultancy for a number of years and has worked on a number of coastal development projects that straddle the land-coastal marine area interface, particularly in terms of new or extended infrastructure.

The experience we've gained from working on projects involving ports, marinas, walkways and wharves has given us significant insight into the inner-workings of local government, and in particular how to navigate their clients through complex RMA and related environmental matters.

Thanks to our experience working on a wide range of coastal projects, 4Sight's staff members have a deep understanding of the type of consents required and how to obtain them in a short period of time. A significant advantage of working with 4Sight is our ability to combine this knowledge with our own technical expertise in marine ecology, water quality management and contaminated land remediation. 

4Sight have brought together complex consenting and environmental problems into common sense solutions. They have worked collaboratively with our design engineers Worley Parsons to deliver excellent outcomes for Eastland Port under some tight timeframes, and continue to be involved in helping shape the future of the port.
— Andrew Gaddum, General Manager Eastland Port

 

Eastland Port

Eastland Port

4Sight is currently working alongside Worley Parson engineers to deliver a range of port projects, including redeveloped cargo yard and wharf facilities, and continued maintenance dredging and offshore disposal for Eastland Port.

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