Emma Wright McHardie
Senior Consultant
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 policy development, through both development and public engagement of planning documents and bylaws.


Recently, Emma's work has focused on corporate planning, namely long term planning and reporting for regional and district council clients, bylaw development and review over a range of different subject matters, and technical advice and support regarding RMA Schedule 1 submission processes. Emma has also provided strategic and policy advice to local government clients, including strategy and policy creation and review.

Emma holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Social Science (double major with Political Science and Geography) and is an Enrolled Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.


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