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Planning Career Highlights:

  • Extensive and broad experience in Environmental Planning and Management - 1975 to present
  • President New Zealand Planning Institute 1993-95; twelve years on NZPI Council Recipient of
  • Award of Merit for meritorious service to the profession of planning – April 2005, from the New Zealand Planning Institute
  • Conferred Inaugural Fellow New Zealand Planning Institute - April 2008, for distinguished long service and noteworthy contribution to the Planning profession
  • Awarded Distinguished Service Award – 2010, from New Zealand Planning Institute

Leadership roles in a range of Planning Projects:

Auckland International Airport - involvement since 1978
  • Lead role in provision of environmental framework for airport development
  • Several international study trips
  • Second runway approval, with extensive mitigation features
  • Key advisor to three year Mayoral mediation – world class outcome
 Aucklan International Airport Project
Mangere Waste Water Treatment  
  • Initiated enforcement order, a significant factor in regional decision to undertake $450 million redevelopment upgrade
  • Key role in consenting process and overview of implementation. Internationally significant outcome
 Mangere Waste Water Treatement Project
Waikato Pipeline  
  • Assisted in Manukau City Council support for project
  • Involvement in negotiation treatment process
Highbrook Development  
  • Significant role in development of world class business park      
  • Leadership role in facilitating development                                   
  • Initiated Highbrook Parks Trust
Transport Projects - Leadership role in a number of regional and local projects including: 
  • Involvement in the New Zealand Transport Agency review of New Zealand Highways
  • Negotiation team for purchase of Auckland Rail Corridors from TransRail
  • Regional role in development and implementation of Regional Land Transport Strategy
  • State Highway 1 to 20 motorway development
  • Planning and construction of Te Irirangi Drive (8 Kilometre arterial)
  • Eastern Corridor initiation and planning (Manukau City Centre to Auckland CBD)
  • Securing consents for Puhinui Road / Pukaki Bridge involving thirteen appellants
  • Significant input into regional rail and ferry upgrade for the region, including establishment and support for ARTNL
  • Chair Project Management Board for Highbrook interchange and arterial
  • Integrated Manukau Rail Station / MIT Campus
 Manukau Rail Station / MIT Campus
Beachland - Maraetai Sewerage Plant  
  • Leadership role in identification and planning for the Beachlands and Maraetai Sewerage Plant in 1980s. 
  • Significant input into Kawakawa Bay proposed sewerage plant.
Auckland Harbour Dissolution  
  • Negotiated Council's share of Auckland Harbour Board dissolution (1989) of non-Port related assets. 
  • Established Council's Maritime Recreation fund. 
  • Returned Pukaki Lagoon to Pukaki Marae Committee (two Acts of Parliament). 
  • Key role until Privy Council decision in securing ownership of Half Moon Bay harbour assets.
Environmental Contamination  
  • Successfully led Council's response to major asbestos contamination of 1500 hectares in Flat Bush, Manukau City.
Botany Town Centre  
  • Key role in planning of New Zealand’s largest new town centre, including infrastructure, zoning provision and design.
Botany Town Centre 
  • Responsibility for initiation and purchase of the Otuataua Stonefields (100ha heritage site)
  • Protection of many other heritage items in the City, including native bush protection.
  • Accountability for an extensive number of Hearings under planning legislation, including major issues such as the Mangere Irradiation Plant, Beachlands Marina, Airport development (second runway) and four District Plans
  • Government appointed position on the Board of Inquiry for the Men’s Prison at Wiri proposal. The Board was chaired by Judge Melanie Harland. Other members of the board were Deputy Chief Judge Caren Fox, David Hill and Bill Burrill. 
  • Expert evidence on growth plans for a major New Zealand sub-region. 
  • Government appointed position on the Local Government Commission from August 2015-April 2017. The Board was chaired by Sir Wira Gardiner and the third commissioner was Janie Annear.
Council plans, Consents and Policies  
  • Participation in the Spatial Plan for Auckland on behalf of various clients, including Mayoral sponsored workshops. 
  • Advice to private clients on funding and rating policies of local government. 
  • Assisting clients with resource consents and submissions to plan changes.
  • Submissions and evidence on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. 
  • Responsibility for introduction of surveillance cameras into town centres in the City
  • Implemented Safety Design Codes
Urban / Rural Issues  
  • Involvement and management of an extensive range of urban and rural issues, eg canal housing, quarry and landfill issues, rural capacity studies, community homes.
Iwi / Hapu  
  • Extensive involvement in marae development, and relationship-building with hapu and Tainui iwi
  • Facilitated re-development of Pukaki Marae
  • Advice to Marae on Papakainga housing.
Marae Development 
Growth Management  
  • Accountability for development of Flat Bush (50,000 people) 
  • Chair Project Control Group for overview of Flat Bush work streams including Flat Bush Town Centre, Barry Curtis Park, co-ordination of private and public infrastructure provision (eg roading, stormwater, utilities) and community planning. Accountability for urban design, earth works, contracts etc.
  • Chair Project Control Group for six Growth Centres in Manukau City (Manurewa, Old Papatoetoe, Hunters Corner, Manukau, Mangere and Otara (proposed)). Significant CAPEX initiatives.
  • Initiated introduction of Planning Commissioners to the City in 1981. Longest continuous use of Commissioners in New Zealand.
Professional Development  
  • President New Zealand Planning Institute, twelve years on NZPI Council. Attendance at and presented papers to a large number of NZPI conferences. currently runs regular breakfast seminars for the NZPI.
  • Jointly developing and facilitating leadership programmes for planners with Janis Grummitt on behalf of the NZPI.
  • Convenor of two major conferences in Auckland, including a combined Congress with the Eastern Asian Region of Planning and Housing (EAROPH) and the Commonwealth of Planners (CAP) - twenty-eight countries represented, 850 delegates. Hosted Chinese Government Minister of Public Works.
  • Attended EAROPH Conferences in South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia. Supported and travelled with Minister Luxton as President of EAROPH (two year term). Visited a significant number of Asian cities as Vice President (EAROPH NZ), including deputations to a considerable number of Government Ministers and Mayors throughout Asia. Presented papers to various Congresses.
  • Led a NZPI study tour (1996) of Western Canada and USA (visited Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles and San Diego). City governance, transport and planning issues primary focus.
  • Visited Australia on numerous occasions for purposes of study on:
  1. Airports (Brisbane, Coolangatta, Adelaide and Sydney) with Auckland International Airport Ltd. Also visited Vancouver and Seattle airports, together with a visit to the Boeing Corporation.
  2. Transport infrastructure, funding and planning (Perth, Sydney, Melbourne).
  3. Presentation and participation in combined Australian States/New Zealand Planning Ministers and official’s forum in Adelaide.
  4. Involvement in a number of Ministry for the Environment/Local Government NZ working parties on the Resource Management Act 1991 (development and implementation of Act and amendments). Working parties comprised both politicians and officials.
  5. Accompanied His Worship the Mayor, Sir Barry Curtis, on a study tour to Europe and North America in 2003 on transport and infrastructure governance, funding and technology viz: visited London, Verona, Oslo, Trondheim, Washington DC, Vancouver, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
  • Attended urban summit in Canberra on the ‘Future of Australasian Cities’, June 2004. 
  • Attendance at Local Government NZ and Society of Local Government Management (SOLGM) conferences.


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