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Our team has world-class planning experience and expertise.

Our team is headed by the company’s director, David Haines, who is ably supported by other experienced senior planners.

Our company maintains excellent relationships with a wide range of specialist resource management sub-consultants throughout New Zealand. Project teams are formed by our company, having regard to client relationships, location and skill sets of sub-consultants. As such, our company is able to assemble the best team for each project on which it is engaged.

We value each member of our team and seek to encourage and reward their desire to be excellent in all their endeavours. We provide a supportive and friendly environment and operate bureaucracy – free systems that assist our team to succeed.

We structure our project work around a buddy system, in order to create a collegial working environment. Mentoring, on the job training and regular attendance at CPD conferences and seminars, ensures that our people are fully conversant with the latest planning trends and the changing regulatory environment.

Owing to the nature of our project work, our team members experience high levels of career satisfaction. Each team member is able to take projects from their initial conception through to completion. Considerable pleasure is gained from being part of the development of landmark projects around different parts of New Zealand and seeing these projects brought to fruition.

Our company is currently a medium-sized practice employing full time, experienced, planning professionals, a full time office manager and support personnel. Team members typically have multiple degree qualifications and have significant experience of working internationally within the planning profession. All our team members have planning backgrounds in local government and private sector consultancy. Some are also registered with the Ministry for Environment as certified Hearings Commissioners.

Meet our team

David Haines

David Haines | Director

David Haines is a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager and Chartered Town Planner with 30 years experience in resource management and town planning. He has worked in both central and local government agencies in New Zealand and has practised as a consultant planner for the past 25 years in New Zealand, England, Wales and Fiji. Read More…

David combines his environmental and planning backgrounds to assist clients in the formulation of development projects that are both responsive to market requirements and meet modern day standards for environmentally responsible development. His project management experience is applied when leading teams of technical specialists on large scale projects.

Depending on project specialisations, David advises clients on the establishment of carefully selected project teams to ensure the best possible advice is given. He also provides planning appraisals of developments and due diligence reporting to assist clients with investment, planning risk and timing decision.

Bachelor of Town Planning, University of Auckland
Certificate of Proficiency, University of West England, Bristol

NZ Planning Institute
Royal Town Planning Institute
Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
Chartered Town Planner
Chartered Water and Environmental Manager

Karen Joubert

Karen Joubert | Director

Karen is a Director with over 22 years experience in local government and private sector consulting, eight of which is in New Zealand. Karen worked previously at Auckland Council where she was Principal Planner in the Resource Consents Practice and Training team. Read More…

She is able to draw upon her broad planning experience to efficiently progress projects. She is currently involved in the urbanisation and development of greenfields land, including intensive residential land uses, to support one of Auckland’s major sub-regional metropolitan centres.


Craig Moriarty | Principal

Craig is a qualified planner with over 12 years experience predominantly in regulatory planning for local government within New Zealand and England. Prior to joining Haines Planning, Craig worked at Auckland Council as a Senior Planner in the Southern Resource Consenting team. Read More…

Craig’s attributes include comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the Resource Management Act 1991 and council processes with high analytical and project management skills. Drawing from his planning experience, Craig is able to efficiently progress projects to achieve desired outcomes.

Annejo Liang

Annejo Liang | Associate

Annejo is a qualified planner with over 12 years experience across a wide range of planning practice, including regulatory planning, project delivery, strategic and policy development. Prior to joining Haines Planning, Annejo’s main focus was in the area of strategic spatial planning. She gained her experience through working on the Auckland Council’s area spatial planning projects and Whangarei District Growth Strategy. Read More…

Her understanding of spatial development trends and drivers, market demands and needs, enables her to envision development opportunities from a different perspective.

Her bilingual skills in Mandarin and Cantonese have also proven valuable in serving the Chinese community.

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Kaaren Rosser | Senior Resource Planner

Kaaren Rosser is a qualified planner from a science background, with over 15 years experience predominantly in local government within New Zealand and England. Kaaren worked previously at Auckland Council where she was an Intermediate Planner in the Northern Resource Consents Team. Read More…

Kaaren’s excellent knowledge of RMA processes and District and Unitary plan provisions, along with her focus on quality outcomes, enables her to deliver projects to a high degree of proficiency. She enjoys the collaborative planning process and her dream job would be to enable a mountain bike park.

Daniel Shao

Daniel Shao | Senior Resource Planner

Daniel Shao is a Senior Resource Planner with professional experience in both local government and private sector environments. He is competent with processing, preparing and managing a wide range of development projects and has presented planning evidence at local authority level hearings. Daniel has a sound understanding of the resource consent processes and resource management principles. Read More…

Daniel has a sound understanding of the resource consent processes and resource management principles. While constantly challenging the often taken-for-granted assumptions of the planning process, Daniel sees the resource management process not as a hindrance to well-intended development initiatives and uses his personable and diligent approach to ensure the delivery of outcomes.