Ko Alice tooko ingoa
Ko Pasifika te moana
Ko Matua te waka
Ko Korobaba te maunga
Ko Tailevu te iwi
Ko Nukuwatu me Waiuku nga marae
Alice joined GMD in 2021 as a Planning Consultant, following various roles with local law firms and not-for-profit community organisations. She brings experience in policy development, legislation interpretation, and environmental advocacy, and primarily provides support to various policy and bylaw projects for councils nationwide.
During her time with GMD so far, Alice has assisted in bylaw reviews for the New Plymouth, Waipā, Gisborne, and Thames-Coromandel District Councils, considering council regulation of a variety of local issues including dog control, commercial sexual services, and public places. These projects involved executive document preparation, legal research, and supporting engagement with key stakeholders and wider communities. Alice also provides planning support to the Raukawa Charitable Trust on an ongoing basis for various resource consenting projects. This work continuously highlights the importance and value of meaningful iwi engagement in the planning and consenting space.
Currently, Alice is supporting the initial reviews of Gisborne District Council’s Navigation Safety Bylaw, and Waitomo District Council’s Public Places and Public Health and Safety Bylaws. She is also part of the team developing a Freedom Camping Bylaw with South Wairarapa District Council.
Before joining GMD, Alice completed an internship with the Dunedin City Council’s policy team, investigating ways the Council can offset their emissions and support local business to do the same. She has also worked for K’aute Pasifika drafting and reviewing cultural and operational policy, clerked for local law firms, and advocated with Go Eco (Waikato Environment Centre) on various environmental-focused projects.
Alice holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts majoring in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Otago, and is an enrolled Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. During her studies, Alice focused on environmental law and Māori legal issues. Her current professional interest is the role of local government in facilitating environmental planning and positive social change.
Alice has completed introductory courses in Te Reo Maaori and in Fijian Language and Culture, and is always looking to further her cultural knowledge and linguistic competency. In her spare time, Alice enjoys video games, gardening, and taking photos of her cats.
Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi.
(With your basket and my basket the people will thrive)