We love what we do but it's not all about self-indulgence. Our primary motivation comes from achieving excellent outcomes for clients by providing expert resource and environmental management support.
Check out the following assignment snapshots to get an idea of the types of things people ask us to do:
Reacting to climate change
Climate change has become a matter of significant public interest and concern globally. We were engaged by a central government agency coordinating a national climate change response initiative to undertake project planning and work stream integration for key components of the agency's program.
Recovering from a natural disaster
A sequence of destructive earthquakes caused extensive damage to the built and natural environments over a wide geographic area. We were engaged by the central government agency responsible for recovery leadership to complete a wide range of assignments including the review of a draft land use recovery plan and the preparation of key elements of central government's submission on a proposed district plan.
Remediating environmental degradation
A $150Million dollar work program was initiated by central and local government agencies to remedy environmental degradation in a group of large natural lakes. We were engaged by the lead agency in this initiative to create a comprehensive project-based work program that would coordinate the agency's future involvement over multiple years.
Planning for sustainable management
District and regional plans are key vehicles for achieving the sustainable management of natural and physical resources. Over the past 20 years we've been engaged by numerous councils to assist with plan preparation and review projects. This includes preparing plan provisions, peer reviewing plan provisions, preparing officer reports on submissions and providing wide-ranging project management support.
Facilitating best practice
A central government agency, together with various partner organisations, created a public web site as a channel for communicating information about best practise in resource and environmental management. We were engaged to create original content for the web site as well as to review and edit pre-existing content as appropriate and necessary.
Enhancing forecasting capabilities
High quality information about the social and economic characteristics of an area is essential to enable sustainable management of its natural and physical resources. We were engaged by a city council to review the adequacy of existing socio-economic datasets used for forecasting purposes in order to identify opportunities to create a more robust platform for planning.
Engaging with stakeholders
In an effort to improve the performance of cities and towns a central government agency created an urban design protocol based upon international best practise. Stakeholders were encouraged to sign-up to the protocol as an expression of their commitment to good urban design. We were asked to design and administer a survey of protocol signatories for the purpose of determining their views on the perceived usefulness of the urban design platform.
Enabling integrated management
A community group wished to alter the existing management regime for a large coastal lake in order to better accommodate the interests and needs of stakeholders. We were engaged to identify the associated consent requirements, prepare the consent applications and represent the group's interests in council hearings.