BEHIND THE BRAND

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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Nicola Holmes

Principal Planner

Bachelor of Social Science (Geography and Resources and Environmental Planning) and a Master of Social Science with Honours

Nicola Holmes is a Principal Planner at Planning Plus® and has over 18 years of resource management experience working in both local government and the private sector in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.  This experience includes five years at Auckland Council in leadership roles as both a Team Leader and a Principal Specialist – Planning.  Nicola has a wide range of experience including commercial, rural and residential land use development, coastal development and both rural and residential subdivision and has appeared at Council hearings and the Environment Court as an expert witness.
 
Nicola holds the qualifications of Bachelor of Social Science (Geography and Resources and Environmental Planning) and a Master of Social Science with Honours.

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Phone: 09 427 9966

Mobile: 02 72369966

Email: nicola@planningplus.co.nz

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Helen Heard

Senior Planner

BAppSc Env.Sc. BBM

Helen is a Senior Planner at Planning Plu and has over 15 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. 

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Phone: 09 427 9966

Mobile: 027 208 9966

Email: helen@planningplus.co.nz

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Claire Deng

Intermediate Planner

Bachelor of Urban Planning (Honours)

Claire is an Intermediate Planner at Planning Plus® and has 4 years of experience in resource consenting. Claire has been involved various projects which include the preparation and assessment of resource consents for residential developments and subdivisions consents.

Claire holds the qualification of Bachelor of Urban Planning (Honours) and is an Intermediate Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

In addition to her planning expertise, Claire is also fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

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Phone: 09 427 9966

Mobile: 027 899 9669

Email: claire@planningplus.co.nz

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Clara Casaes

Intermediate Planner

Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Planning)

Clara Casaes is an Intermediate Planner at Planning Plus® and has 14 years of international experience working on land development and transport infrastructure projects. This includes land development and subdivision on all scales, and large-scale infrastructure projects such as busways, subways and airports. During these years, Clara’s work primarily related to consenting, including writing Assessments of Environmental Effects, attendance at Hearings, consulting with stakeholders and managing multi-disciplinary project teams. Clara’s background has provided her with a big picture view from initial concept design through to the construction phase of a project.

 

Clara holds a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Planning) degree and a Postgraduate Degree in Management and Environmental Technologies. Clara is an Associate Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

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Phone: 09 427 9966

Mobile: 027 540 9966

Email: clara@planningplus.co.nz

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Mary Zhou

Assistant Planner

4th year Bachelor of Planning (Honours)

 

Mary Zhou is an Assistant Planner at Planning Plus®. Mary is a fourth year Bachelor of Planning (Honours) student and has a real passion and drive for all things planning. Mary assists the team with a variety of projects including rural and urban land use, subdivision and feasibility analysis.

 

Mary is a Student Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

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Emma Batchelor

Business Administrator

Bachelor of Science with Business Studies

Emma is a Business Administrator at Planning Plus® and is responsible for the day-to-day management of administration activities, team support and also assists with client liaison. Emma holds the degree of Bachelor of Science with Business Studies and has a wide variety of administration experience which the Planning Plus team utilise to ensure that clients' experiences are smooth and positive. 

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