Tammy is a Senior Planner at GMD Consultants with 14 years’ experience in environmental and regulatory planning through positions held at both district and regional councils as well as within the private sector. Her experience covers a range of environmental management roles in policy, consenting, implementation, monitoring, compliance and stakeholder engagement throughout New Zealand. Recently, her work has comprised corporate planning and drafting Council plan changes.
Utilising her rural background, Tammy has assisted the Waikato Regional Council to draft the Farm Environment Plan (FEP) template and refine best practices to be implemented through FEP’s. Her key skill set is the ability to take technical planning policy and implement it in a simple, practical and meaningful manner in a farming context. Another example of this is her work in the implementation phase of plan changes such as the “Consent to Farm Campaign” for Environment Canterbury that was part of a wider implementation plan, working closely with the farming sector to engage approximately 5000 farmers to obtain the necessary farming resource consents. Of key importance was her work in the non-regulatory space, developing relationships with farming communities to form catchment groups and develop tools to effectively operate the groups to achieve goals for the catchment, some of which are now recognised nationally as the blueprint for farmer-led farm environmental management in New Zealand.
Tammy’s time as a planner at Rotorua Lakes District Council and Waimakariri District Council involved work that required extensive Iwi stakeholder relationship management. Examples of work included drafting the issues of importance to Māori chapter for the Rotorua District Plan review and processing the Tarawera Trail resource consent for the Council, through an area of national significance and taonga to Te Arawa. She managed the Māori Reserve 873 Plan Change project for Waimakariri District Council, which required significant consultation and engagement with Ngāi Tūāhuriri to unlock development potential in Tuahiwi village and enable Kāinga Nohoanga to be established within the reserve.
In 2017 Tammy took 12-month contract to work on the Kaikoura Earthquake recovery Project (NCTIR) as an environmental advisor. This project faced significant challenges in terms of timeframes and scale in a locality that had a high degree of environmental and cultural sensitivity.
Tammy’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Science and Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science from Canterbury University and a Masters in Resource Management Planning from Massey University. She recently completed the Advanced Sustainable Nutrient Management Certificate from Massey University in 2020 to become proficient in the use of OverseerFM.