Environmental Management

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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WEONA WALKWAY

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.

Take a journey down the walkway below.

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 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 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.

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 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 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. 

Auckland Council

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. 

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. 

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 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 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.

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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. 

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. 

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 contamination.

 

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 profession 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.

WORKING WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO BALANCE SOCIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC OUTCOMES

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.

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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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 sustainability 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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