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Leanne Lawrence

Consultant

Leanne Lawrence has over 10 years’ experience with the Resource Management Act 1991; regional plans and policies; resource consents, compliance and enforcement; erosion and sediment control; and management in Local Government.

Leanne’s specialist areas include:

  • Resource consent compliance and enforcement
  • Project and political management
  • Policy analysis, development and implementation
  • Investigation and reporting of complex environmental and process issues
  • Erosion and sediment control
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Agriculture; Massey University (2006)
  • Leadership Excellence Programme; Waikato Regional Council (2012 – 2014)
  • Leadership Development; EMA Learning (2012)
  • Project Management; Rob Verkerk (2011)
  • Negotiating and Managing Conflict within the Local Government Environment; SOLGM (2007)
  • User Friendly Erosion and Sediment Control Plans; NZIHT (2007)
  • Development of a Risk Based, Site Specific Environmental Management Plan; NZIHT (2007)
  • Basic Investigative Skills; Waikato Regional Council (2007)
  • Erosion & Sediment Control Training; Waikato Regional Council (2007)
  • Advanced Assessments of Environmental Risk; Auckland Regional Council (2007)
  • Chemical Treatment Workshop; Auckland Regional Council (2007)
  • Grade 8 New Zealand Speech and Drama (2002)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Agriculture; Massey University (2006)
  • Leadership Excellence Programme; Waikato Regional Council (2012 – 2014)
  • Leadership Development; EMA Learning (2012)
  • Project Management; Rob Verkerk (2011)
  • Negotiating and Managing Conflict within the Local Government Environment; SOLGM (2007)
  • User Friendly Erosion and Sediment Control Plans; NZIHT (2007)
  • Development of a Risk Based, Site Specific Environmental Management Plan; NZIHT (2007)
  • Basic Investigative Skills; Waikato Regional Council (2007)
  • Erosion & Sediment Control Training; Waikato Regional Council (2007)
  • Advanced Assessments of Environmental Risk; Auckland Regional Council (2007)
  • Chemical Treatment Workshop; Auckland Regional Council (2007)
  • Grade 8 New Zealand Speech and Drama (2002)
  • Lawrence Consultants Limited - Environmental Consultant; Principal sub-contractor to RidleyDunphy Environmental Limited (From 1 February 2016)
  • Waikato Regional Council, Hamilton; Zone Manager – Central Waikato & West Coast (December 2014 – August 2015)
  • Waikato Regional Council, Hamilton; Team Leader – Environmental Compliance & Land Licence (June 2013 – December 2014)
  • Waikato Regional Council, Hamilton; Environmental Officer (November 2011 – June 2013)
  • Waikato Regional Council, Hamilton; Resource Officer – Earthworks (June 2007 – November 2011)
  • Horizons Regional Council, Palmerston North; Environmental Compliance Officer (March 2006 – June 2007)

Technical

  • Oversight and management of Waikato Regional Council’s river and catchment management programmes within the Central Waikato and West Coast Zones, with a combined total of $3.1M budget (2014 – 2015).
  • Project team member for Waikato Regional Council for the development of a Catchment Management Plan for Lake Waikare and Whangamarino Wetland (2015 and ongoing).
  • Waikato Regional Council executive committee representative for Waikato River Care (2013 – 2015).
  • Development and delivery of Waikato Regional Plan and Environmental Best Practice training for Waikato Regional Council’s river and catchment management staff (2011 – 2015).
  • Provision of Waikato Regional Plan, environmental best practice and erosion and sediment control advice to external and internal parties (2007 – 2015).
  • Prepared and presented a number of papers at various national and internal conferences, including: The Australasian Erosion and Sediment Control conference; the Local Government Compliance conference; and the New Zealand Wind Energy Association conference. 

Regulatory / Consent

  • Project management and oversight of numerous consent applications for Waikato Regional Council associated with catchment wide river and drainage maintenance activities, involving extensive stakeholder engagement and consultation; including staff from across the Waikato Regional Council, Department of Conservation, Auckland/Waikato Fish and Game Council, various iwi and territorial authorities (2011 – 2015).
  • Project team member for Waikato Regional Council (ICM) of a RMA s.128 review of the Lake Waikare Gate Discharge associated with the Lower Waipa Waikato Flood Control Scheme (2013 – 2015).
  • Development and oversight of internal compliance monitoring for over 170 resource consents; including stakeholder consultation (2011 – 2015).
  • Development, oversight and implementation of the Earthworks Monitoring Project, focusing on medium – large scale earthworks sites. Including compliance monitoring and reporting, enforcement and industry training (2007 – 2011). 

Policy

  • Co-author of the Waikato Regional Council’s West Coast Zone Plan, setting long term river and catchment management goals, priorities and implementation actions for the West Coast Zone (2014 – 2015).
  • Management and implementation of the Waikato Regional Council’s Annual, Long Term and Zone and Catchment Plans within the West Coast and Central Waikato Zones (2014 – 2015).
  • Led ongoing negotiations with Hamilton City Council to progress the draft Service Level Agreement for the Central Waikato Zone (2015).
  • Provided support with the implementation of Waikato Regional Council’s co-management requirements of Council’s managed land (2013 – 2014).
  • Developed the Environmental Compliance and Land Licences Team Plan, in relation to achieving the Integrated Catchment Management environmental compliance and Council managed land objectives and performance measures for 2014/2015 (2014).  
  • Review and co-author of the Waikato Regional Council’s Best Practice Guidelines for Vegetation Management and Instream Works (2012 and ongoing).
  • Led the review of the Waikato Regional Council’s Erosion and Sediment Control Guidelines for Soil Disturbing Activities (January 2009 version).  
Leanne Lawrence