A selection of our current and recent work. Contact us for more information on any of the planning, strategy and policy projects below.

Watercare Wastewater Discharge Consent - Cultural Impact Assessment

GMD Consultants has provided ongoing support to Te Taniwha o Waikato, in relation to the Watercare Wastewater Discharge at Parker Lane Stream. The CIA has resulted in significant improvements to the discharge quality, through the use of technology that is superior to any used in New Zealand. This multiyear project has seen greater understanding of all parties concerns and drivers, in particular the values and uses that Te Taniwha o Waikato deem important when protecting the Waikato River. For further information on this project, contact Gavin Donald at

Department of Conservation - Conservation Management Planning

GMD Consultants provided support to the Department of Conservation in the development of a Conservation Management Strategy and Conservation Management Plan in the Bay of Plenty region.  The purpose of conservation management planning is to establish objectives, policies and outcomes for the integrated management of natural and historic resources, including any species managed by the Department, and for recreation, tourism and other conservation purposes.  GMD was involved in the drafting of the strategy and planning documents.  For further information please contact Susan Henderson at

Waikato Regional Council, Plan Change 1 - Healthy Rivers | Wai Ora

GMD Consultants supported Waikato Regional Council with the RMA Schedule 1 processs. Specifically, GMD assisting with summarising and reviewing submissions, and providing technical assistance with consultation with iwi. For further information please contact Gavin Donald on

New Plymouth and Stratford District Council Bylaw Development

GMD Consultants were engaged jointly by New Plymouth and Stratford District Councils to develop a bylaw for each Council to address issues relating to health and hygiene concerns within the beauty therapy, body piercing and tattoo industries. A significant amount of engagement with local businesses, environmental health officers, and industry leaders occurred in the development of the bylaws. For further information please contact Emma Wright McHardie on

Indigenous Biodiversity Management Guidance

GMD Consultants are working with Waikato Regional Council to develop guidance on how the indigenous biodiversity chapter of the Waikato Regional Policy Statement can be given effect to through district plans. The guidance will have a particular focus on the no net loss and offsetting directives in the Waikato Regional Policy Statement. A key part of developing the guidance is to engage with a variety of stakeholders and to review national direction and guidance. For further information please contact Gavin Donald on

Te Rapa Wastewater Discharge Consent - Cultural Impact Assessment

GMD Consultants is currently providing support to Turangawaewae Marae, in relation to the Fonterra Wastewater Discharge Consent at Te Rapa. The CIA being developed focuses on the ability of the proposal to meet its statutory obligations but more importantly how the proposal effects the values and uses of Turangawaewae Marae members. For further information on this project, contact Gavin Donald on

Ngaruawahia Community Facilities Project

GMD Consultants project managed the development and engagement process in relation to a proposed Ngaruawahia Community Facility. This process entailed a significant engagement process with inputs from both the community board and the community in general. An option was developed to re purpose the old Waipa Delta Public House and town library to include a new library, open spaces, arts room and facilities that could be utilised by groups like Plunket. The designs for this multi-purpose community space recognised the town’s relationship with the Waikato River and Māori heritage. The facility remains at design stage with Waikato District Council and the Ngaruawahia Community Board.  For further information on this project, contact Gavin Donald on

Vibrant Safe Waitomo Strategy and Action Plan

GMD Consultants were engaged by Waitomo District Council to develop a strategy and action plan on behalf of the Vibrant Safe Waitomo Regional Coalition. The Vibrant Safe Waitomo initiative is an accredited Safe Communities scheme. It is a community led collaboration that provides leadership and direction, with everyone working in partnership to create a safer and more vibrant community for all.  The work on the strategy and action plan involved building on the comprehensive research done by the VSW Regional Coalition for their Safe Communities accreditation application, and turning their identified priorities into a strategic way forward. The development of these plans also involved incorporating feedback from the Coalition members, key stakeholders and service providers in the community to ensure the strategy and actions were meaningful and actionable for the Waitomo community. The strategy and action plan were adopted by the Regional Coalition in December 2019. For further information please contact Emma Wright McHardie on or Mary Rinaldi on

An Ecosystem Services Approach to Policy Development for Waikato Regional Council

GMD Consultants have prepared a report for Waikato Regional Council setting out how ecosystem services can form a key part of the policy development and decision making process. The process aims to add richness to the information that decision makers have to consider, and reflect the mutliple benefits (social, economic and cultural) that communities derive from our natural capital. For further information please contact Gavin Donald at

New Zealand Transport Agency, Land Use Development assessments

GMD provide ongoing resource consent advice to the New Zealand Transport Agency. Following a review of a proposed land use development, GMD planners assess the application against relevant planning documents such as the Resource Management Act, Government Roading Powers Act, district plans, and the Transport Agency’s Planning Policy Manual. Discussions are also required between the planner and network/safety engineers and where applicable, local government, to determine the best way forward for each proposal. We then provide recommendations that best maintain the integrity of the state highway network. For further information please contact Claudia Jones on or Ashleigh Peti on 

Thames-Coromandel District Council Policy Review

GMD Consultants were engaged to undertake a review of Thames-Coromandel District Council's Class 4 Gambling and Board Venues policies. This involved research into literature-based, quantitative data sources and insights from Council staff regarding the social impact of gambling in Thames-Coromandel communities since the last review of the policies, and evaluating current policy effectiveness with regard to this information. The result of this review and recommendations were then prepared for presentation to elected members. For further information please contact Emma Wright McHardie on

Urban Growth Planning

GMD Consultants supported Hamilton City Council in the development of growth scenarios for the 2018-28 Long Term Plan.  This work included preparation of multiple growth scenarios, working with a multi-discipline team at Hamilton City Council, and preparing reports to Council.  GMD continues to provide advice to Hamilton City Council on urban growth issues including urban growth planning and sub-regional growth planning.  For further information please contact Susan Henderson at

Waitomo District Council Corporate Planning

GMD Consultants are currently supporting Waitomo District Council with their Corporate Planning function, as well as providing assistance in other policy planning tasks as required, after previously supporting the Council  in the development of their 2018-28 Long Term Plan.

This work includes project planning, management and administration,  strategy and policy review, preparation of documentation for Council workshops, peer review of Asset and Activity Management documentation, liaison with Auditors, and the provision of templates and guidance to key staff. 

For further information please contact Emma Wright McHardie on



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