Planning is the place where innovation, technical rigour, challenge, and collaboration intersect, where urban form meets natural environment, infrastructure meets social need, master planning meets resilient communities, strategy delivers sustainable outcomes and where policy is changing how we live, work and play.

The proof of great planning lies in the successful realisation of a vision. Whatever aspirational projects you, your community and other stakeholders have in mind, Tonkin + Taylor's planning team is here to help.

T+T offers you a collaborative team of go-to problem solvers who work at the forefront of planning, who are dedicated to achieving exceptional outcomes for our clients. We are trusted advisors to Government and non-Government organisations, Councils and private enterprise, a team that goes the extra mile.

You'll work alongside a team with capabilities that anticipate and respond to our fast-changing world. With more than 30 specialists based in offices across the country, T+T offers you a comprehensive planning service, including:

  • Master planning

  • Policy and plan development

  • Designation and consent acquisition

  • Strategic planning

  • Natural hazards and resilience planning

  • Specialist mana whenua planning

Over the past year, we have:

  • Led the RMA planning and environmental inputs for the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) Kaikōura earthquake response

  • Led the multi-criteria assessment (MCA) option selection process for the NZTA Mt Messenger project in Taranaki. Following identification of the preferred route we prepared and lodged the Notice of Requirement and consent application documentation

  • Presented expert RMA planning evidence to a Board of Inquiry (BOI) on behalf of a key client

  • Provided support to infrastructure providers, industrial clients and Crown agencies on submissions to statutory plans across the country

  • Provided specialist planning inputs to Councils and clients across the country on statutory plan drafting

  • Provided planning services to the successful PPP team delivering four new schools (on behalf of the Ministry of Education)

  • Led the Scheme Assessment Reporting for Auckland Transport’s AMETI Eastern Busway Project (Pakuranga to Botany Town Centre)

  • Assisted the team constructing Auckland Transport’s City Rail Link project. Provided planning services to the Opotiki Harbour Transformation Project

Along the way, we've amassed a portfolio of awards - industry's way of acknowledging excellence and innovation:

Beaton Client Choice Awards


  • Best Consulting Engineers in Australasia (A$50-$200M Revenue Category)


  • Joint winners, Australasia's Best Professional Services Firm (revenue $50 - $200m) alongside Australian law firm, Lander & Rogers

  • Australasia's Best Consulting Engineering Firm (revenue $50 - $200m)

  • Australasia's Best Provider to Government and Community (all professional services firms, Australia and New Zealand)

  • Best New Zealand Firm (all professional services firms, New Zealand)

Key Staff:

Peter Roan - Discipline Director - Planning

Andrea Brabant - Discipline Manager, Environmental & Infrastructure Planning

Karen Baverstock - Team Leader, Environmental & Infrastructure Planning

Grant Eccles - Team Leader, Environmental & Infrastructure Planning

Shannon Richardson - Technical Director

Marje Russ - Executive Director, T+T Group

Manea Sweeney - Technical Director

Jennifer Carvill - Technical Director

Tim Ensor - Principal Planner

Daniel Murray - Principal Planner


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