Emma Profile
Emma Wright McHardie
Senior Consultant
emma@gmdconsultants.co.nz
021 035 7573
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Emma is a Senior Consultant at GMD Consultants. She is an experienced strategic planner and policy analyst having worked in district and regional council environments. Emma has significant experience in both the development and public engagement of various documents and bylaws.

Recently, Emma’s work has been focused on corporate planning, namely long term planning and reporting for regional and district council clients, bylaw development and review, and reserve management plan review. Emma also provides strategic and policy advice to local government clients.

For example, Emma recently undertook a major review of New Plymouth District Council’s bylaws, including the Solid Waste, Cemeteries and Crematoria, Animals, Skateboards, Recreation and Cultural Facilities, and Fires and Smoke Nuisance Bylaws. These bylaw reviews involved engaging with subject matter experts within the Council, conversations with key stakeholders in the district, and when required, special consultative procedures for public consultation. Outcomes were widely supported by community groups, internal staff including enforcement officers, and elected members.

Along with her GMD colleague, Mary Rinaldi, Emma is currently supporting the Waipā District Council with the development of their 2021-2031 Long Term Plan. This has involved input into project planning and management, strategy and policy development and review, preparation of documentation for executive team review and Council workshops, and providing guidance and advice on LTP process to Council staff.

Emma is currently project managing the delivery of three Reserve Management Plans for Thames-Coromandel District Council. This includes drafting and reviewing documentation, managing contractors, following the Reserves Act 1977 procedure for classifying land, providing updates to elected members, and delivering stakeholder, including iwi and Māori, engagement.

Emma is qualified in PRINCE2 Foundation for Project Management, has undertaken Civil Defence Training with a focus on community welfare and has studied Tikanga Māori at Te Wānaga o Aotearoa. She is an associate member of SOLGM and regularly attends the annual Community Plan Forum.

Emma holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Social Science (double major with Political Science and Geography) from the University of Waikato and is an Enrolled Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. She is currently studying part-time at Auckland University towards a Master of Public Policy.