At Planning Plus™  our goal is to provide comprehensive, professional planning advice that is timely and cost-effective.

Our common-sense approach and extensive skills and experience mean we can provide real solutions to get your project completed.

In particular, the Planning Plus™  promises to our clients are:

  • Our consultants and staff are all experienced and highly regarded within the industry.

  • We provide comprehensive planning solutions.

  • We are reliable, honest and efficient.

  • We apply a high quality focus to all aspects of work.

  • We provide excellent customer service in all areas of the business.

Hannah Thomson

Principal Planner / Director

BSc MApplSc (Environmental Management)

Hannah Thomson is Director of Planning Plus™  and has over 20 years of resource management

experience working in both local government and the private sector. This includes five years at

Rodney District Council in roles including Senior Planner and Team Leader. Hannah has a wide

range of experience including commercial, rural, residential and coastal development and subdivision

on small to large scales and appearances at both Council and Environment Court as an expert witness

for mediation and hearings. Hannah has assisted Councils with policy development and has also

assisted private individuals with submissions to Council.

Hannah holds the qualifications of BSc (Environmental Science) and Masters of Applied

Science (Environmental Management), is a  Member (Int) of the New Zealand Planning Institute

and Secretary of the New Zealand Planning Institute Auckland Branch Committee. Hannah is also

a member of the Resource Management Law Association.


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Jo Michalakis

Senior Planner

Master of Planning Practice (First Class Honours)

Jo Michalakis is a Senior Planner at Planning Plus™  and has over 14 years of resource

management experience. Jo has a wide range of experience, including public and private sectors and

has worked at both Auckland Council and Gisborne District Council.

​Her planning work experience includes residential, commercial, infrastructure, natural

environment, heritage and community projects throughout the North Island of New Zealand. She

has experience in policy development, preparation of assessments of environmental effects and

processing resource consents.

​Jo holds the qualification of Master of Planning Practice (First Class Honours) and is an

Intermediate Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.


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Helen Heard

Senior Planner

BAppSc Env.Sc. BBM

Helen is a Senior Planner at Planning Plus and has over 12 years’ experience in planning

and environmental consulting. 


Helen's experience includes the preparation of resource consents, compliance monitoring,

environmental auditing, community consultation and environmental fund coordination.  Her

background has provided her with a wide range and thorough understanding of technical

and environmental inputs. 


Helen holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Science) and Bachelor of Business

(Management) Conjoint Degree and is an Associate Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute. 


Phone: 09 427 9966

Mobile: 027 208 9966


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Brittney Sutherland


RMA BPlan (First Class Hons)

Brittney is a qualified RMA planner graduated from Auckland University with first-class honours.


Brittney has experience in land development work and has also worked processing and lodgement of resource consent applications.  She also provided project management and general communications. 


She is also an intermediate member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.  


Phone: 09 427 9966

Mobile: 022 347 9966


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Phone: 09 427 9966


Office: Shop 3/12 Silverdale Street

Postal Address:

PO Box 310 174
Red Beach, Auckland 0945

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