With planning, traffic, and landscape / urban design expertise under one roof and a land use planning and development focus, Novo Group is uniquely placed to provide integrated advice to clients that delivers better development outcomes and greater consenting efficiency and certainty.
Based in central Christchurch, Auckland and Queenstown Lakes, we have built a team of committed, personable, experienced professionals who not only leverage their own knowledge, network and experience, but also can draw on the vast experiences of the entire team to ensure high quality outcomes for our clients.
Jeremy is a Senior Planner with a wealth of experience delivering planning expertise on a number of high-value and complex projects for private sector clients.
Jeremy has experience in all forms of land use development including retail, office/commercial, industrial, tourist accommodation, health, residential, and rural projects. This experience has predominantly included the preparation of land use consent applications for development projects and the presentation of evidence at Environment Court and Council hearings.
Jeremy has excellent project management skills and is able to coordinate technical experts and competing demands for complex assignments.
Rhys Chesterman has more than 20 years’ experience in the traffic engineering and planning field.
He originally trained as a planner completing his under-graduate degree in resource management before completing his master in resource planning. Between the years 1999-2001 he worked with local authorities in the United Kingdom gaining a specific interest in the transport aspects of planning and resource management. Upon returning to New Zealand he has largely operated as a traffic planner and engineer for local authorities and private consultants. Rhys has also completed his Master of Engineering in Transportation through the University of Canterbury and maintains an active interest in the planning and traffic linkages relating to land use development
Much of this work has centred on land use development and subdivision.
Simon is a Senior Transport Engineer with Novo Group, working from the Christchurch office.
He is a dedicated and able transportation engineer/planner with over 15 years’ experience that covers: peer reviews; transportation impact reports; intersection analyses; parking studies; design reviews; preliminary access and intersection designs; transportation demand management; analysis of demographic/transport data using GIS/excel; consultation surveys and traffic surveys.
Much of Simon’s experience has been gained on multi-disciplinary projects requiring project leadership and transportation input having recently gained experience in meeting facilitation and public consultation.
Simon is a motivated, lifelong learner with strong project management skills. A collaborator that can lead from the front as required.
Kim is a principal planner based in Wanaka, but primarily working in both Queenstown Lakes and Christchurch. Kim has 25 years’ experience dealing with a wide range of planning matters, including preparing and managing complex resource consent applications, district plan changes, designations, and research. Having worked variously for local and central government, in a planning research environment and in private consulting, Kim has a very good understanding of complex planning issues and the perspectives and interrelationships of different organisations and individuals.
Kim has been an accredited Hearings Commissioner since 2011, with an endorsement as chair since 2014.
Lisa Williams has ten years’ experience in the planning and traffic engineering field. With the dual qualifications and experience as both a transport engineer and landuse planner, Lisa has been uniquely placed to work on a number of plan changes and private development projects which span across these two disciplines.
Lisa excels in creative problem solving and incorporating complex technical information into policy and administrative planning contexts as well as developing practical detailed design solutions.
Andrew has over twelve years land-use planning and resource management experience as a consultant planner and for various councils, including the Hurunui District and Christchurch City Councils.
Andrew has considerable experience preparing land use consent applications for a range of development projects.
Andrew’s experience also includes advise on and the preparation of applications Existing Use Rights, Certificates of Compliance, Temporary (EQ) Approvals and applications for Outline Plans and Waivers.
Anne has been involved in a wide scope of landscape developments including large scale infrastructure projects, coastal developments and master planning, mitigation planting plans, parks and reserves design, school developments, urban and streetscape projects and commercial and residential designs.
She has led the master planning and designing of spaces for campuses, parks and open space and reserves, as well as a range of commercial and residential projects around New Zealand.
Emily is a land-use and resource management planner based in Christchurch and holds a Masters of Planning degree from Lincoln University.
In her time at Novo Group Emily has worked on a range of resource consent applications including, large scale commercial and mixed use developments, multi-unit residential developments, and billboards. Emily has also reviewed and processed resource consent applications on behalf of the Christchurch City Council.
Hamish is a Principal Planner with Novo Group based in Auckland but primarily working in both Auckland and Queenstown.
Hamish has a breadth of planning experience that has been gained from working on both sides of the public-private fence in a number of different localities in New Zealand.
Hamish has experience in land use development including: residential; industrial; retail; office/commercial; and rural projects. This experience has included the preparation (for private and public sector clients) and processing (for several Councils) of land use and subdivision consent applications and notices of requirement for infrastructure and development projects. In addition, Hamish has prepared and presented evidence at both Council hearings and the Environment Court.
Hamish has excellent project management skills and is able to assemble and co-ordinate technical experts whilst simultaneously preparing the planning documents for complex applications.
Nick Fuller has 18 years’ experience in the traffic and transportation engineering field.
Nick trained as a civil engineer and has provided transport advice to development planning projects since graduating in 2001. Between 2001 and 2006 he worked in the UK on a range of developments, including preparing Integrated Transport Assessments and detailed engineering.
Sophie joined Novo Group in 2020 and looks after the day to day needs of the busy Christchurch office.
Previously Sophie has been involved in Stakeholder Management and Communications in the construction industry in Christchurch.
Outside of the office Sophie is busy spending time with her young family.
Helen has over 15 years’ experience working for numerous private developer as well as gaining experience in local Councils as an Environmental Consents Planner, processing typical subdivision applications and resource consents and planning reports.
Helen is well versed in all aspects of resource consent as well a land development options, master planning, regional planning issues across urban, residential, and commercial land use developments.
Richard’s most recent experience has been gained as a Resource Management Planner focusing on notified land-use applications and large-scale subdivision applications.
Richard is experienced in pre-application meetings and consultation, Council planning processes including reviewing Building Consents, PIM applications and LIM applications.