Our collaborative approach


At Planz Consultants, we work in an advisory partnership with our clients to help them make important decisions that often have significant financial and environmental implications. This begins at the very first meeting, where we are able to quickly evaluate the project and establish the issues involved.

From there, we recommend an appropriate strategy to give clients the best possible chance of achieving their objectives, regularly re-evaluating to address issues as they arise. Effective communication is the key to minimising any delays or frustrations.

As such, we have built strong working relationships with other service providers and local authority staff throughout New Zealand to maximise the service we provide to our clients.

We are highly experienced in guiding major projects through the consenting process, from multi-building inner city precincts to sports stadiums and large rural-based infrastructure projects. We also have extensive experience in developing structure plans for greenfield growth areas and the development of pragmatic, effective City Plan provisions under the Resource Management Act relating to urban growth, business parks, high-density housing, mixed-use areas, and heritage properties.

The successful development of both consenting and policy projects involves close collaboration with clients, government agencies, and council officers to ensure a high level of political and stakeholder understanding and support.

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Our clients include:

Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd
New Zealand Wind Farms Ltd
Progressive Enterprises
Kiwi Income Property Trust
Countdown Supermarkets
Lyttleton Port Company
Christchurch International Airport
Port of Tauranga
Housing New Zealand
Ministry for the Environment
Fulton Hogan
Auckland Council
Taupo District Council
Selwyn District Council
Waimakariri District Council
Bunnings
Ravensdown Fertilizer
University of Otago
Lincoln University

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Our back story.

The founder of Planz Consultants Ltd is Bob Batty (Life Fellow of the NZPI), who previously grew South Island’s leading resource management planning consultancy, Planit RW Batty & Associates. Bob retired in 2011. Our principles and values today remain the same as those originally established in those early years: to provide high-quality advice and services to ensure projects have the best possible opportunity to achieve a successful and sustainable outcome; and to achieve competitive advantage for clients through a practical approach, creativity and innovation.

We are a signatory of the Ministry for the Environment’s New Zealand Urban Design Protocol, underlining our commitment to create quality urban design.

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