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Rostering and Workforce Planning Project

Client: Wellington City Council

Services: Review of workforce planning with recreation services; comparison of headcount and FTE to understand workforce; lead change process around utilisation and management of rosters across the network of facilities; provide assistance and guidance on workforce planning and management.

  • Public consultation with commercial operators on the proposed process

  • Development of Council resolution paper with recommendations on changes and improvements to licensing process

  • Update of Council forms and process maps to reflect consultation outcomes

  • Work through new process with Council officers and commercial operators to develop a robust licensing process

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Rangiora Reach Masterplan

Client: Environment Canterbury Regional Council

Position Held: Landscape Architect​

  • The Ashley River / Rakahuri is a dynamic landscape where biodiversity, flood control, recreation and cultural values are distinctly interwoven. Thrive were engaged to facilitate consultation and develop the Masterplan for the Rangiora Reach area of the Rakahuri.

  • Challenges included balancing these values within the constraints of ongoing flood protection and ensuring stakeholder and community values were expressed in the final Masterplan.

  • The design focused on long-term phased solutions to widen the flow path of the river via gradual retreat of existing forestry, ongoing pest control and improved habitat for endemic butterflies and birdlife in suitable locations throughout the site. Signage including trail wayfinding alongside cultural and historical interpretation panels will be incorporated throughout the site over the coming years.

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Emerging Trends in the Travel and Tourism Industry 

Client: Destination Queenstown 

Position Held: Tourism expertise

  • ​​Queenstown has seen huge changes to its tourism ecosystem as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has influenced consumer travel decisions have seen ongoing shifts that continue to evolve and are expected to develop further into the future

  • Thrive were engaged to provide an independent report on fresh insights into consumer travel trends that are influencing  travel decisions and link the benefits of understanding these trends, to make them applicable to DQ as an organisation and it’s members.

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Landscape Schedule Review 

Client: Queenstown Lakes District Council

Position Held: Tourism and Recreation expertise

  • ​Peer review of the draft Landscape Schedules from a recreation and tourism perspective

  • Ensure tourism and recreation values within the landscapes are appropriately captured and described

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Belmont Regional Park Recreation Assessment (Areas Subject to Subdivision)

Client: Greater Wellington Regional Council

Position Held: Independent Recreation Assessor

  • Identify stakeholders

  • Identify Tāngata whenua

  • Consultation on proposed sale within context of legislation and GWRC policies

  • Report to client

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Ian Hopper Memorial Reserve Redevelopment

Client: Thames-Coromandel District Council

Position Held: Landscape Architect

  • Consultation

  • Community consultation

  • Concept plan development 

  • Budgeting

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Given Grove Playground Redevelopment

Client: Thames-Coromandel District Council

Position Held: Landscape Architect

  • TCDC partnered with Geoff Canham Consulting (now Thrive) to procure and manage the redevelopment of Given Grove Playground, including:

  • Consultation

  • Concept plans

  • Manufacturer liaison 

  • Plan development 

  • Budgeting

  • Fundraising

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Residential Garden Design, Hornby Christchurch

Position Held : Residential Garden Designer

  • RequirementsLow maintenance garden space featuring with year-round interest through seasonal variance

  • ConclusionRetain vistas including the existing structural trees along perspective-leveraged fence lines

  • Gardens feature gently curved edges to soften the small rectangular space

  • Wooden pergola creates ‘transition zone’ to improve indoor – outdoor flow

  • Plant palette selected for seasonal change to encourage visual interest and curiosity year-round


Eastwoodhill Arboretum

Client: Eastwoodhill Arboretum, National Arboretum of New Zealand

  • Project planning

  • Master plan implementation projects


Mangorewa Gorge SH33

Client: Rotorua District Council and NZTA

Position Held: Landscape design and project management

  • Two Pou and carved rocks commissioned and installed with three Iwi

  • Interpretation panel design and installation

  • Landscape design

  • Overall project management 



Gisborne Multi-Purpose Facility Feasibility Study

Client: Gisborne District Council

Position Held: Project Manager

  • Recreation evidence from consultation and secondary research

  • Steering group workshops

  • Feasibility study author


Tauranga Harbour Recreation Strategy

Client: Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Position Held: Recreation planner and project manager of recreation survey

  • Design, implementation and analysis of recreation surveys of harbour users/ visitors.    


Environment Canterbury Parks Department Business Plan

Client: Environment Canterbury Regional Council (ECAN)

Position Held: Principal Specialist Parks and Recreation Consultant

  • Review recreational and land based planning documentation and operations. Provision of business planning review document 

  • Reviewer

  • Analyst

  • Business planning


Bay of Plenty District Health Board

  • Policy assistance

  • Workshop facilitation

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Commercial Fees and Charges Application Process

Client: Thames Coromandel District Council

Services: Consultation with commercial operators on proposed tender system for licensing; review of license application process for applicants and Council officers; preparation of briefing papers for Council; develop tender scoring system and process.

  • Public consultation with commercial operators on the proposed process

  • Development of Council resolution paper with recommendations on changes and improvements to licensing process

  • Update of Council forms and process maps to reflect consultation outcomes

  • Work though new process with Council officers and commercial operators to develop a robust licensing process

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Te Puke Cemetery

Client: Western Bay of Plenty District Council

Position Held: Landscape Architect​

  • Concept plan for guidance and implementation of the natural burial area of Te Puke Cemetery and extension of traditional burial plots

  • Consultation and collaboration with BOP natural Cemetery groups and Tangata Whenua

  • Design aspects including access and circulation patterns, plot layout, entrance design and species selection for headstones

  • Phased design and flexible options to accommodate changes of attitude over time.

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Pahoia Cycleway

Client: Western Bay of Plenty District Council 

Position Held: Design, Scope, Consultation, Plant procurement, Project Management

  • Scoping of route options

  • Consultation regarding trail options and implementation

  • Visual representations for entire project (including colour consultation);bridge, cycleway and vegetation

  • Enhancement of cycleway experience using vegetation to create a variety of spaces and places to move through

  • Use of indigenous vegetation in site-appropriate design

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Waimapu Estuary Walkway 
 (Planting Plan and Visualisations)

Client: Tauranga City Council

Position Held: Landscape Architect

  • Planting plan development

  • Visualisations of mature planting and proposed coastal walkway

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2021 NZILA Firth National Conference 

Client: New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects

Position Held: Event Organiser

  • Organisation and management of the NZILA 2021 National Conference held in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

  • 200 delegates

  • Field Trips/conference dinner/presidents cocktail function/sponsorship/trade stands/speaker contracts (both NZ and overseas speakers (zoom)

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Planting Strategy

Client: Tauranga City Council

Position Held: Landscape Architect

  • The brief was create a unique landmark which serves as a point of note for Tauranga City now, and in the years to follow. Swathes of native planting accentuate the terraced land form of the Pa site. Plant species were selected for their hardiness, seasonal interest and appeal to native birds, insects and lizards.

  • Concept plan development

  • Plant selection


Queenstown Responsible Camping Strategy Implementation Plan

Client: Department of Conservation

Position Held: Recreation Planner

  • A pan-organisational strategy within a formal project structure to peer review and complete the overall strategy. This project continued on into planning the implementation phases and resource audit to successfully achieve the outcomes of the strategy for responsible camping

  • Strategy team review

  • Implementation plan 

  • Resource audit

  • Working with project steering group

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Commercial Garden Design, Tauranga CBD

Position Held : Landscape Architect


  • A blend of residential and commercial land uses in the area required a home garden styled yet easy care border as a front feature for the clients commercial property in the Tauranga CBD

  • Final concept featured the use of existing vegetation to a great extent, reducing construction costs and provide an element of maturity to the garden

  • Hardy groundcover and conical evergreen suppress weeds and reduce the need for irrigation in the long term

  • Provided advice for the removal and replanting of key species in addition to sourcing new plant species per the design

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Expert Recreation Evidence, Higham Road Stopping

Client : Auckland Council

  • Recreation assessment and evidence for Environment Court and reports on options available to the process

  • Mediation assistance


Hurunui Recreation Assessment

Client: Hurunui Water Project

Position Held: Recreation Expert

  • Field assessment for recreation and recommendations


Physical Activity Strategy, Active Westland

Client: Westland District Council

Position Held: Project Coordinator

  • Consultation

  • Survey

  • Analysis

  • Strategy development


Kauri Point Historic Reserve Development

Client: Western Bay of Plenty District Council

Position Held: Project Manager

  • Implementation aspects of the Kauri Point Reserve Management Plan

  • Development planning process over area of historic reserve

  • Community consultation

  • Tangata whenua consultation and cultural assessment

  • Project management of community project group

  • Development research, options, costings and concepts

  • Presentations to Iwi, Council and the community

  • Implementation planning and funding plans


Greater Wellington Regional Council Regional Parks Plan Review

Client: Greater Wellington Regional Council

Position Held: Facilitator and Reviewer


Community consultation and workshops for the preparation of the draft review for the Regional Parks Management Plan. 

  • Review 

  • Facilitation

  • Best practice consideration

  • Consultation

  • Key informant workshops


Marine Parade Pools Operational Transition

Client: Napier City Council

Services: Operational systems planning and development; business operations review; staff recruitment and training; health, safety and wellness system planning; documentation write up of pool Risk Management plan, Emergency Action Plan and Normal Operating Procedures​.

  • Review all operating procedures, update and refresh for new operation

  • Develop training and development plan for staff to meet industry standards and qualifications

  • Assist with new recruitment approaches to bulk recruit staff

  • Provide safe systems of work for a busy Aquatic Center

  • Provide industry guidance on knowledge for the facility transition

  • Deliver training of staff to upskill in updated procedure, process and qualifications


Wilson Park Masterplan

Client: Western Bay of Plenty District Council

Position Held: Landscape Architect

  • Masterplan for well-used and loved local park to upgrade facilities and environment while retaining open spaces and views

  • Challenges included the retention of the large open green space for events, upgrading the toilet facilities, improvement of the mainentrance, inclusion of cultural recognition, mitigation of on-site impacts of stormwater and connecting power for events

  • Solutions involved a community orchard, seating solutions, drainage features and bridges, cultural interpretation panels, upgrade of the toilets and retention of open green space with sparsely placed specimen trees.

  • Client feedback: The Waihi Beach  community is happy the final Concept Plan took into account their feedback and they feel listened to.


Tōtara Plantation and Restoration Planting Review 

Client: Private Client, Western Bay of Plenty District 

Position Held: Design, Project Management, Plant procurement

  • Design guided by best practice native forestry plantation guidelines

  • Project management, plant procurement, planting contractor oversight

  • Large-scale private planting job of native forestry trees on retired farmland

  • Forward-thinking and future-proofing carbon farming

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Entranceway Design

Client: Tauranga City Council

Position Held: Landscape Architect

  • Concept design development to assist the client with further consultation

  • Production of graphics to visualise concept

  • Selection of plant species to align with existing and proposed work in proximity to the site   

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Te Wairoa Play, Active Recreation and Sport Plan

Client: Wairoa District Council, Sport Hawke's Bay & Sport New Zealand 

Position Held: Consultant

  •  To work with the council and key collaborators on understanding and developing a play, active recreation and sport plan for the district through to 2031.


Ōpōtiki District Council Reserve Management Plan and Asset Management Plan

Client: Ōpōtiki District Council

  • Management plan

  • Asset management plan

  • Consultation

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Doncaster Drive, Papamoa

Client: Gemscott Limited

Position Held: Landscape Architect

  • Subdivision Consent assistance: Vegetation Selection and Landscape Assessment

  • Provide plant species palette to support the consent application for the development of a medium density residential development in Papamoa

  • Providing landscape planting recommendations and instructions per the supplied architects concept drawings

  • Inclusive of suggestions to mitigate visual impact

  • Planting specifications and maintenance schedule at Thrives suggestion to reduce the landscape construction and procurement period down the track.


Auckland Council Volcanic Cones

Client : Auckland Council

  • Business planning

  • Procurement plans

  • Interpretation and wayfinding project (including ‘Myparx’ application)

  • World Heritage Sites nomination application research and project team

  • Business Case for guiding services by Tamaki Hikoi

  • Maungawhau kiosk heritage building restoration

  • Preparation work for Reserves Act Classification preparation and Levels of Service project

  • Investment proposals



Auckland Council

Client: Auckland Council

  • Business planning project for new departments of Council

  • Documentation and consultation assistance-Maungawhau

  • Project management for development works Maungawhau   


TECT All Terrain Park Development

Client: Western Bay of Plenty District Council

Position Held: Project Manager and Recreation Planner roles

  • Management plan

  • Development plan

  • Funding plan

  • Project management of Arrival Centre construction project

  • Landscape design

  • Project management up to park opening


Huharua Sub-Regional Harbour Park Development

Client: Western Bay of Plenty District Council

Position Held: Project Manager

  • Project managing the development of the park in partnership with Tangata Whenua and the community, in accordance with the Reserves, Historic Places and Resource Management Acts.  



Western Bay of Plenty Cycle Network

Client: Western Bay of Plenty District Council

Position Held: Project Manager

  •  District network planning, fundraising and Implementation 

  • Project management

  • Fundraising: $1.3 million to date

  • Community consultation

  • Stakeholder consultation and programmes


Fordlands Expert Evidence for Park Provision in Tauranga City Area for Plan Change 25

Client : Fordland

Expert parks provision evidence

Presenting at hearing.

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