Kim Wölper
Planning Consultant
kim@gmdconsultants.co.nz
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Kim joined GMD Consultants as a graduate planner in January 2020. She has a Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning (Hons) with a minor in Geography from Massey University.

Kim is particularly interested in natural resource management and environmental planning. Driven by her passion for sustainable environments and conservation, she volunteered for two ecosanctuaries, Maungatautari and Tāwharanui, during her study. Participating in diverse conservation activities in a team and independently provided her with practical experience in negotiations between competing demands on the environment.

Since starting with GMD, Kim has been supporting the resource management mahi of the Raukawa Charitable Trust. This includes summarising and assessing resource consent applications through a cultural lens, and working with iwi to develop responses which help promote their own aspirations.

She has aided Waikato Regional Council in reviewing the Regional Policy Statement against the National Planning Standards as well as developing options to bring the RPS into alignment. This involved proposing new locations for existing provisions based on the Structure Standard, and identifying gaps and chapters which potentially require re-working. Kim has also assisted WRC translate the RPS into an e-Plan format.

Prior to moving to New Zealand, she helped Syrian refugees to start a new life in her hometown of Pinneberg by liaising between them and various German institutions. This enhanced her intercultural communication and conflict resolution skills. Having travelled extensively through Europe, South-East Asia and New Zealand, Kim quickly adapts to diverse people and change. Kim is a confident public speaker having given speeches at ceremonies.

Outside of the office, Kim enjoys spending time tramping and exploring New Zealand’s landscapes and training her young horse.