Our team has world-class planning experience and expertise.

Our team is headed by our two company directors, David Haines and Karen Joubert, who are 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, to provide a high level of service to our clients and 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.

Meet our team

David Haines  |  Director

David Haines is a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager and Chartered Town Planner with over 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 and environmental manager for the past 25 years in New Zealand, England, Wales and Fiji.

David combines his environmental and planning backgrounds to assist clients in the formulation of development projects that are responsive to both 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.

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

Education
NZ Certificate of Draughting (Surveying), Auckland University of Technology
Bachelor of Town Planning, University of Auckland
Certificate of Proficiency, University of West England, Bristol

Affiliations
NZ Planning Institute
Royal Town Planning Institute
Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
Resource Management Law Association
Urban Design Forum
Property Council of New Zealand
Employers and Manufacturers Association


Karen Joubert  |  Director

Karen is a Director with over 25 years experience in local government and private sector consulting, twelve of which have been in New Zealand. Karen worked previously in South Africa on major housing and re-settlement projects and at Auckland Council where she was the Principal Planner in the Resource Consents Practice and Training team.

Karen is able to draw upon her broad planning experience to efficiently progress projects and secure successful outcomes across a wide range of projects. She is currently mainly 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 18 years experience, including regulatory planning for local government within New Zealand and England. Prior to joining Haines Planning, Craig worked at Auckland Council for four years as a Senior Planner in the Southern Resource Consenting team.

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 strong planning experience, Craig has an established reputation for efficiently progressing projects and achieving desired outcomes for clients.


Daniel Shao  |  Associate

Daniel is an experienced planner and an Associate of the Company. Daniel is often involved as a project leader in a wide range of commercial, industrial and residential development projects. He also advises clients on strategic planning, site acquisition, development feasibility, plan and policy review, and environmental compliance matters.

Daniel has advanced knowledge of planning principles and their application. He challenges established ideas and processes and is diligent in ensuring the delivery of outcomes. He sees the planning process not as a hindrance to well-intended development initiatives, but as an opportunity to work collaboratively and systematically to resolve inherently complex social and environmental issues.


Annejo Liang  |  Associate

Annejo is a qualified planner with over 13 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.

Her understanding of spatial development trends and drivers, market demands and needs, enables her to envision development opportunities from a difference perspective. Her bilingual skills in Mandarin and Cantonese have also proven valuable in serving the Chinese community.


Kaaren Rosser  |  Senior Resource Planner

Kaaren Rosser is a qualified planner from a science background, with over 17 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.

Kaaren’s excellent knowledge of RMA processes and Unitary plan provisions, together with her focus on quality outcomes, enables her to deliver projects to a high degree of proficiency. She has current industry experience across a range of regional consenting matters, structure planning and airport planning issues. She enjoys the collaborative nature of planning processes and engages effectively on behalf of clients within policy and regulatory frameworks.


Will Hall  |  Resource Planner

Will Hall is a resource planner who has three years planning experience. Will has previous experience with the Auckland Council resource consents team. He has been involved in the Auckland Council Resource Consent Graduate Programme and worked as a planner in the Northern Resource Consents department. Will has experience in processing resource consents for urban and rural developments including community projects. He also has been involved in projects for greenfields subdivision and development and natural hazards.

Will has a sound knowledge of the Auckland Unitary Plan provisions and the principles of resource management. His experience in processing and monitoring a variety of urban and rural resource consent applications has provided him with sound understanding of the resource consent process matters that need to be addressed in the formulation of resource consent applications.


Victoria Liu  |  Intern

Victoria Liu is in the final stages of completing her Bachelor of Urban Planning (Hons) at the University of Auckland. Her internship within the company and her academic training have enabled her to become proficient in understanding planning principles and resource management statutory processes.

Victoria possesses strong research and analytical skills, as well as written and oral communication skills. She supports the company’s team of planners with statutory and case-law research, compilation of data, various computer software programmes and general administration.


Lorraine Swart  |  PA/Office Administrator

Lorraine Swart is a PA/Office Administrator with over 25 years experience, working in a corporate environment as an Executive PA. Lorraine provides a friendly, welcoming and professional image as the first point of contact for the company, and ensures clients and visitors experience professional service.

Lorraine also provides support at senior level and administrative assistance to the rest of the planning team and undertakes a diverse range of administration tasks to ensure that the office runs smoothly and cohesively.


Kirstie Crocker  |  Office Manager

Will has a sound knowledge of the Auckland Unitary Plan provisions and the principles of resource management. His experience in processing and monitoring a variety of urban and rural resource consent applications has provided him with sound understanding of the resource consent process matters that need to be addressed in the formulation of resource consent applications.

Kirstie is responsible for all the accounting functions of the company to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the business in all administrative areas, thereby enabling the planning team to be fully focussed on delivery of projects for clients.