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We are Accredited Crown Property Agents. We provide property negotiation, acquisition, disposal and legalisation services for roading, rail, electricity, telco, gas, water and waste projects, and commercial and residential developments.

We act on behalf of the Crown, councils and commercial operators. Our expertise includes the Public Works Act 1981, Local Government Act 2002 (leasing, licensing and road stopping), Electricity Act 1992, Resource Management Act 1991 and several other land related statutes, regulations and codes of practice.

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    Mike Robinson

    General Manager
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    Grant Sextone

    Auckland Manager -
    Property
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    Peter Gore

    Waikato Manager -
    Property
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    Steven Lamontagne

    Wellington & Christchurch
    Manager – Property

We have proven experience in planning and project managing the route & site selection, property, consenting, stakeholder engagement and the communication work streams of major infrastructure projects. This includes the budgeting, programming, law, governance, and risk and contractor/ consultant management. Our multi-disciplinary approach and decision-making processes are underpinned by the Agile and Lean methods to prevent waste and to build certainty for investment.

We locate and design routes & sites in a way that consistently gains stakeholder acceptance, consents and property rights on time and within budget. The location and design of proposals are optimised by breaking these down into smaller, comparable parts and continuously fine-tuning them in response to expert advice, stakeholder feedback and a reverse-engineered programme which matches engagement and other workstreams with construction deadlines, regulatory timeframes and stakeholder needs.

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    Laurence Sherriff

    Managing Director
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    Mike Robinson

    General Manager

We advise on the district, regional and unitary planning and statutory requirements, and the development potential of projects. We prepare and process resource consent applications and provide the environmental expertise necessary for AEEs involving infrastructure, multi-lot subdivisions, network utilities and commercial/ residential ventures.

We have significant experience with notices of requirement, outline plans of works, designation alterations and requiring authority applications, and have prepared several local and national policy documents and submissions.

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    Michael Hall

    Group Manager -
    Planning & Landscape Architecture
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    Nick Williamson

    Principal Consultant -
    Planning
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    Jo Michalakis

    Auckland Manager -
    Planning

We prepare master plans and development plans from initial concept through to detailed design for infrastructure, open public spaces, streetscapes, sports facilities, residences, commercial premises and shared-space environments. We also draft contract documentation, including working drawings and design specifications, and offer onsite supervision and contract management during construction.

Align was the winner of the Firth National Small Project Design Award at the 2018 NZILA Conference.

See here for a sample of projects.

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    Michael Hall

    Group Manager -
    Planning & Landscape Architecture
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    Mike Pentecost

    Christchurch Team Leader -
    Landscape Architecture

We produce visual and landscape assessments, hearing evidence and expert witness statements to support a variety of work such as feasibility studies, route evaluations, resource consent applications and policy assessments.

We also prepare supporting graphics such as viewshed analysis, visibility mapping, photomontages, artistic impressions and mitigation measure plans.

See here for a sample of projects.

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    Mike Pentecost

    Christchurch Team Leader -
    Landscape Architecture

Our experience tells us that interactive mapping tools and aerial imagery streamlines service coordination between clients, project teams and stakeholders. It also tells us that mapping tools aid in the successful development of ideas and designs, selecting optimal locations for proposals and reporting on the spatial progress of projects.

Our planning, property, landscape architecture, civic hacking and stakeholder engagement services are fully supported by our experienced geospatial team using the best mapping technologies. We apply these technologies to a wide variety of environmental, electricity, water and transport infrastructure projects, as well as commercial and residential development projects.

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    Nick Williamson

    Principal Consultant -
    Planning

We are experts on heritage matters under the Resource Management Act 1991 and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014. We prepare resource consents and assessments on heritage effects. We offer heritage policy advice, including peer reviews of district plans; heritage urban regeneration & placemaking, and heritage inventories. We also prepare archaeological authorities under the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.

We are experts on parks and open spaces planning & statutory requirements under the Reserves Act 1997. We prepare park management plans, open space strategies, asset management plans or other related parks/open spaces documents. Should any development affect  parks or open spaces we can prepare a parks impact assessment.

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    Jo Michalakis

    Auckland Manager -
    Planning
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    Nick Williamson

    Principal Consultant -
    Planning

We work with authorities and communities to advance opportunities or solve deep-seated problems using the Agile and Lean Business methods. We draw on a variety of tools, such as service design, co-design, open data, GIS, mash-ups, hackathons, storytelling, facilitation and (net) huis.

We get you thinking about why” something is a problem or opportunity and use design, user experience, data and validation to help you make quality decisions. We help you to discover the data needed to solve a community problem; to work with it, map it, present it and share it. We facilitate group activities to help people air their thoughts, listen to others, and teach new skills and thinking processes by working with real challenges. We show you how to experiment with prototype solutions, to test them, to fail, and to improve or ‘pivot’ them; and to create community feedback loops.

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    Nick Williamson

    Principal Consultant -
    Planning
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    Michael Hall

    Group Manager -
    Planning & Landscape Architecture

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