Sarah McCarter is a Senior Planner based in Tonkin+Taylor’shead office inAuckland, New Zealand. With experience in both New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, Sarah has a holistic understanding of a range of environmental planning issuesand anexceptional understanding of climate change adaptation and risk management for complex projects.
Sarah’s detailed understanding of planning is complimented by a Masters of Environmental Legal Studies. Sarah holds the Certificate in Engagement in from the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). She has worked for local authorities and government agencies across New Zealand and the Pacific and has a sound understanding of legislative processes, as well as the unique climate-change related challenges and vulnerabilities faced by people, economy, infrastructure and culture. Sarah has extensive experience in working in collaborative and multi-disciplinary team environments. Her experience covers the leadership of key community engagement processes.
In 2015, Sarah undertook workshopping coastal management/adaptation options with key stakeholders at tourist beaches affected by erosion associated with Cyclone Evan, to socialise the potential engineering solutions and gain input from the operators and the local communities into the final designs. This formed a critical part of the Tourism Cyclone Recovery Programme for the Samoan Tourism Authority. Sarah also provided planning input into the hybrid management solution of shoreline protection and sand replenishment at Manase Beach.