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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The guide provides advice and technical information relevant to New Zealand and in particular, the Whāngārei context for the implementation of living roof systems.

Despite a long history of sod roof use, the modern building industry has only recently seen a resurgence of living roof technology and this rediscovery offers a myriad of exciting benefits for people, our built form and nature.

Talk of living roofs, particularly on commercial buildings, in New Zealand is however in its infancy and is often met with scepticism in terms of its potential as a realistic building option with long term contributions to urban habitat, stormwater and sustainable building outcomes.

This guide provides an opportunity to champion this sustainable technology to home-owners, developers and the broader design fraternity as a viable option for the New Zealand environment.


4Sight provided landscape architecture and living roof expertise alongside botanical, ecological and urban design skills in developing New Zealand’s first comprehensive living roof guide.

Our role included researching, writing, designing and illustrating the Guide as well as undertaking the graphic design and desktop publishing for the document.

Our contribution did not stop at the publishing of the guide – we are working with Whāngārei District Council to communicate the message through public workshops and online content and forums.



Many of the barriers to greater use of this roofing approach in New Zealand are based around lack of locally applicable information, research and shared experiences. This guide is a first step in sharing the growing knowledge base and range of case studies within New Zealand that are now assisting to break down these barriers and providing exciting sustainable building opportunities.

Whangarei Living Roof Guide

4Sight has developed the first comprehensive living roof guide in New Zealand, providing exciting sustainable building opportunities.

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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



Designing a rooftop native forest and sculpture park

The Approach

As the last design of famous architect Hundertwasser to be built, the Hundertwasser Arts Centre project is being overseen by the Hundertwasser Foundation in Vienna and required constant collaboration in order to best honour Hundertwasser’s legacy.

4Sight’s team of living roof experts worked with a project team of architects, engineers and specialists to design the Hundertwasser Arts Centre Living Roof. This collaborative approach ensures a design outcome that not only meets the client’s needs but will also stand the test of time.


The Project

4Sight was engaged by Whangarei Art Museum Trust to create a comprehensive design package that included:
•    Living roof concept design
•    Surrounding site landscape concept design
•    Plant palette and schedule
•    Cross sections
•    Perspective renderings
•    Detailed design drawings
•    Landscape lighting plan
•    Site analysis


The Outcome

Following a thorough and dynamic design process, 4Sight delivered an extensive design package ready for tendering that addressed every aspect of the Hundertwasser Living Roof.

Using client feedback and specialist knowledge to design a living roof that satisfied the needs of all stakeholders. 4Sight’s expertise and collaboration throughout the project lead to an outcome that meets the specific requirements of the Hundertwasser Foundation without compromising the integrity of the living roof.

4Sight Consulting have been and are currently involved in the Hundertwasser Art Centre project in Whangarei. The scope of their work has been in relation to design and specification of the Green roof, in collaboration with the wider project team/design and Hundertwasser Foundation, which is a very large and complex element of the build. In many cases, the unique challenges and scale included previously unchartered territory which has required “out of the box thinking”.
4Sight, in particular, Zoe Avery and Renee Davies attended our call for help and have given generously much of their time, expertise and focus to our project. It is very evident they are passionate about Green Roofs and have a strong industry/green roof community network to leverage and call on.
This project is far from an orthodox design and construct and is more of an art piece on a grand scale, with stakeholders on both sides of the globe. The result of this is a very demanding project. 4Sight have gone above and beyond the call of their scope.

— Ben Tomason, Director, Griffiths and Associates Ltd



Hundertwasser Arts Centre Living Roof

4Sight was engaged by Whangarei Art Museum Trust to create a comprehensive design package for the Hundertwasser Arts Centre.



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 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.


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

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



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 potentially 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. 


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.  


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 that 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.


4Sight helps ensure nature can flourish in an important location


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.


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).

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 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 are 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


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

The project

The Auckland Council Stormwater Unit delivers stormwater 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 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.


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.


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 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


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. 


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.


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 aspects 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 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.


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.


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.


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). 


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 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.



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


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. 


4Sight has been providing planning and environmental related services to local government clients since 2001, and in doing so has helped to deliver more than $400 million of new public stormwater infrastructure in the Auckland Region.

The project  

4Sight has been working on the Auckland City Stormwater Capital Works Programme since 2001. Over the years we have been engaged to:

  • Identify RMA-related problems that were hindering progress on new capital works projects;

  • Recommend and implement a number of strategies to solve RMA-related problems;

  • Prepare standardised resource consent templates;

  • Development and implementation of consultation and engagement plans;

  • Identify all required permits including those under the RMA (District, Regional and NES), Historic Places Act, Reserves Act, etc.

  • Acquisition of resource consents, including blanket consents;

  • Act as a single point of contact for driving applications through council;

  • Represent the client with key authorities and stakeholders;

  • Develop and manage service level agreements for iwi consultation;

  • Advise on, and investigate contaminated sites;

  • Carry out ecological assessments;

  • Deliver specialist reports (through sub-consultants) on archaeological, arboricultural and ecological matters;

  • Manage health safety and environmental construction risks and drive best practice through outsourced compliance management services.

The approach

Our ongoing success in this sector is due, in no small part, to our understanding of engineering and physical works project delivery. We blend this knowledge with an in-depth understanding of stormwater management, environmental impact assessment, resource consent acquisition and compliance.

The combined skill sets, experience and working relationships we've built up from working on the programme for so many years means we can effectively communicate across the entire Stormwater Programme – from design engineers to compliance officers through to members of the public.

We also recognise that the Council's priority is to ensure that Auckland's ratepayers receive good value for money whilst also balancing the desired environmental, social and economic outcomes. 4Sight help to achieve this by enforcing a working culture of getting things right first time and understanding Council’s business from high-level strategies to their translation through on-the-ground project delivery. 

The outcome  

Our longstanding and ongoing involvement in the programme speaks for itself. It not only demonstrates our ability to consistently meet consenting time frames, thus allowing construction to proceed as planned, but it also shows our ability to collaborate and work as a team with a large number of different consultancies and contractors.

4Sight's involvement throughout the entire project life cycle has enabled our planners to gain a better understanding of the constraints associated with implementing resource consents and construction works. And as a result, no projects to date have proceeded to a public hearing process or the Environment Court. 

The ASL team have been supporting Auckland’s local government for the last 14 years and, since the amalgamation, have become a “go to” planning and environmental consultant for the Auckland Council’s Stormwater Team. They are simply good to do business with, work as an integral part of our team, and can be trusted and relied upon to provide the right advice and support that we need first time.
— Phil Jaggard, Strategy and Resilience Manager, Auckland Council Stormwater

Auckland Council

Stormwater Capital Works Programme

4Sight has been providing planning-related services to local government clients since 2001, and in doing so has helped to deliver more than $400 million of new public stormwater infrastructure.


As a trusted advisor to the New Zealand government, 4Sight has provided policy analysis and advice to Te Puni Kōkiri on a range of environmental issues across government since 2012. 

The project

4Sight has been providing Te Puni Kōkiri with technical analysis and policy advice on a range of environmental issues across government since 2012, thanks to our expertise in Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Māori environmental issues.

We have been actively involved in cross-agency work programmes all across government, with the aim of increasing Māori participation in RMA processes.

One of 4Sight's senior planners, Jerome Wyeth, also led the development of two guidance documents that provide guidance on developing iwi management plans and cultural impact assessments. 

The approach

As part of our work for the client, 4Sight has developed close working relationships with several relevant agencies. We have collaborated on key work programmes with these agencies, with an end-goal of achieving 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 and knowledge of Māori environmental issues, which we use to deliver policy advice that is relevant, evidence-based and understandable. 

The outcome

Through our work with the client, 4Sight has been able to ensure that resource management reforms incorporate proposals to improve the participation of Māori in resource management processes. If enacted, these proposals will clarify iwi/hapū's role in RMA planning.

Te Puni Kōkiri

Environmental Issues

As a trusted advisor to the New Zealand government, 4Sight has provided policy analysis and advice to Te Puni Kōkiri on a range of environmental issues across government since 2012. 


Launched in 2001, the Quality Planning Website provides resource management practitioners with robust guidance on all aspects of the Resource Management Act (RMA). 4Sight has contributed to this vital tool, ensuring that it always reflects current best practice and the latest legislative developments.

The project  

The guidance notes on the Quality Planning website must be continually updated to reflect current best practice and legislative developments, and at times new guidance notes need to be produced. 4Sight's role in this included:

  • Reviewing and updating guidance notes to reflect emerging good practice and legislative changes;

  • Developing and reviewing new guidance notes;

  • Project managing the transition of Quality Planning from a MfE-led to a partnership-led model of delivery;

  • Managing the day-to-day aspects of the Quality Planning programme.

The approach  

The Quality Planning program is a partnership between key resource management organisations. 4Sight reinforces this partnership approach by working as a key part of the client's team, often in-house, and by working collaboratively with:

  • The Quality Planning Partners;

  • Organisations responsible for resource management policy and regulation, such as central and local government;

  • Industry groups;

  • Other Resource management specialists.

Our approach is also underpinned by continually remaining up-to-date with emerging changes to the RMA and associated legislation, and to the development of other new legislation relevant to resource management combined with our extensive practical experience in delivering projects.

The outcome

4Sight has been involved in the Quality Planning Website for many years. Our work ensures that industry professionals get up-to-date guidance on RMA processes and other related legislations, topics for new guidance notes are fully investigated and the Quality Planning programme has appropriate project management support when needed.

RMA Guidance

Quality Planning Website

Launched in 2001, the Quality Planning Website provides resource management practitioners with robust guidance on all aspects of the RMA. 4Sight has contributed to this vital tool, ensuring that it always reflects current best practice and the latest legislative developments.


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.


4Sight advised the Crown in its response to the MV Rena resource consent application. The container ship MV Rena grounded, broke up, and sank on Astrolabe Reef in 2012. 

The project

When the MV Rena's owners applied for consent to abandon the wreck on the reef and to discharge contaminants from the sunken cargo on an ongoing basis, the Crown engaged 4Sight to review the application documents and advise them on the statutory process and environmental issues. We then prepared an “all of government” submission and worked with a group of technical experts and Crown Law to provide expert planning evidence for the hearing which took place in late 2015. As part of our hearing work, we took part in the conferencing of expert planning witnesses both before and during the hearing. 

The outcome

Our role was to help the Crown achieve a balanced outcome of environmental, cultural, risk and economic factors related to management of the wreck. The decision of the commissioners was that the wreck was allowed to stay, subject to a suite of conditions.

The approach

4Sight's initial report to the Crown required a substantial amount of documentation to be reviewed in a very short period of time. As a result, the work was shared between two of our principal planners.

We worked closely with Conservation staff to prepare the government submissions. We also worked alongside a wide range of technical experts to prepare the hearing evidence and to represent the Crown’s position during witness conferencing.

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

  • Critically review the applicant's statutory planning assessment;

  • Review the relationship between aspects of the Resource Management Act and the Maritime Transport Act;

  • Understand the Crown's approach to previous submission processes;

  • Have a realistic expectation of the physically achievable outcomes for the wreck;

  • Understand the risk and significance associated with the contaminants;

  • Understand the cultural environment of the Reef, as a significant taonga for local iwi;

  • Act as an expert planning witness in presenting evidence and in contributing to witness conferencing.

Department of Conservation

MV Rena Wreck - Resource Consent Application

The MV Rena ran aground just off the Bay of Plenty coast in October 2011. 4Sight has been aiding and advising the Crown in the hearings process for a resource consent application to abandon the container ship on the Astrolabe Reef. 


Since late 2013, 4Sight has been helping local authorities (Kapiti Coast District Council, Porirua City Council, Upper Hutt City Council and Wellington City Council) to respond to the processes that flow on from the approval for Transmission Gully, 27 kilometres of new 4-lane motorway due to open in 2020.

The project

4Sight's statutory planning skills are being put to use on documentation which, as a condition of the consent, the council is required to certify. Our work on the project so far has included responding to: 

  • Issues of general accordance;

  • The outline plan and management plans that address specific environmental issues;

  • Enabling work plans;

  • New resource consents for works not originally expected to be a part of the project;

  • Proposed changes to the project's design and consent conditions.

The project requires intensive collaboration between the affected local authorities, and 4Sight plays an active role in making sure that the collaboration is channelled in a way that is both productive and mutually beneficial for all parties involved. 

The approach

4Sight is a key member of the team of council planners. Our approach is to identify and define issues and then to broker solutions agreed upon between the councils, NZTA and the road builder. To do so requires us to: 

  • Take actions, within defined time frames, set by the approval conditions;

  • Adopt a flexible and responsive approach to time frames, with a goal of moving the project forward;

  • Proactively contribute to solutions for the councils as well as NZTA and the road builder;

  • Match our resources to the ever-changing demands of the project;

  • Work with planners, engineers, project managers and other professionals acting on behalf of the councils, NZTA and the road builder;

  • Take into account a wide range of environmental, engineering, project management and process issues.

The outcome

Though most of it will go unseen by the public, 4Sight's work on this project will aid the construction of a major motorway that passes through environmentally and physically challenging terrain.

Our work will ensure that the project meets its environmental and social objectives, has minimal adverse effects on sensitive natural environments in the area and is built on time, thus allowing it to make transport faster and easier for drivers in the Wellington region. 

Transmission Gully

Transmission Gully

Since late 2013, 4Sight has been helping local authorities (Kapiti Coast District Council, Porirua City Council, Upper Hutt City Council and Wellington City Council) to ensure that the new 4-lane motorway, due to open in 2020, meets its environmental objectives, has minimal adverse effects on the sensitive natural environments and is built on time.

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