ABOUT US

Driven by our passion for people and place.

We are a team of urban advisors who work across scales and across New Zealand to ensure our neighbourhoods, towns and cities are places where people can thrive. We take an outcomes-focused approach and will work with you to increase the likelihood of your project’s success. Bringing a fresh perspective to the property industry, we are creative thinkers and passionate action takers who love the complexity of unfamiliar problems, multiple stakeholders, and nuanced governance.

We solve urban challenges by: 

  • Offering a multi-disciplinary and end-to-end integrated approach that considers the spatial and planning implications early.
  •  Increasing the certainty that your project outcomes can be achieved by negotiating the necessary commitments from stakeholders.
  • Balancing wellbeing outcomes and impact goals with the commercial viability and deliverability of your project.
  • Using creative visuals to interpret and present complex information and to communicate clearly and concisely.
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What Do We Do

  • Support, guide, and advise you through the complexities of urban development projects, using an integrated, collaborative and evidence-based process.
  • Craft sustainable, inclusive strategies that enable you to deliver positive outcomes for people and places.
  • Support you to engage tangata whenua and mana whenua consistently with Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
SERVICES

Our Values

Our values guide the way we work to deliver fresh thinking and evidence-based solutions.

1
Put people first

We are relationship-led, believing in putting people and places first: for people to thrive, we need thriving places. In everything that we do, we consider the wellbeing of the people who engage with the places we create and the impacts on the place itself.

2
Invest in the outcome

Caring deeply about the impact of our work, we wholeheartedly go the extra mile to ensure you can deliver sustainable, equitable and resilient places. We respectfully look to the past, and work genuinely with iwi and hapū and all stakeholders, to understand the social, cultural, political, and environmental contexts of your project.

3
Embrace complexity

Sustainable development is complex. Embracing complexity helps us to be creative and to facilitate the partnerships needed to balance all wellbeing outcomes. This approach helps us to be agile, and to create long-term solutions - from idea to implementation.

Our Vision Our Mission Statement A shared future where all places are good for all people. We exist to bring decision makers, iwi and hapū, stakeholders and communities together throughout the urban development process to build homes, neighbourhoods, towns, and cities that deliver better outcomes for people and places

Our Process

Supporting the outcomes you seek.

We support your aspirations - this is the essence of our process. Joining you on your journey is our mindset at the outset, building on your strengths, sharing our knowledge and tools, learning from you, becoming your trusted advisors and finding solutions together. 

SCOPING THINKING + TESTING PLANNING + DOING Getting to Know You Finding Our Focus Digging a Little Deeper Working Together Realisation

Meet The Team

As a multidisciplinary team with skills as diverse as our services, we are problem solvers who thrive on the challenge of helping you to deliver your projects.

We have expertise in engagement, project planning, systems thinking and co-design, research, anthropology, architecture, urban design, planning, economics and commercial advisory.

Dr Natalie Allen

Director

Dr Natalie Allen

Natalie works with our clients to make the seemingly complex simple when it comes to designing and delivering our built environment. She specialises in designing neighbourhoods that enhance wellbeing and is passionate about supporting our clients to innovate when it comes to delivering quality, resilient, and people-centric developments. Natalie has a background in architecture, urban/spatial design, and urban governance and extensive research experience across a range of critical urban topics: integrated urban planning and community visioning, urban growth and increasing density, and housing preferences and demand. She maintains wide-ranging industry networks in both the public and private sectors and brings a creative, long-term strategic perspective to all our work.

Qualifications and Affiliations
PhD in Urban Design
MArch (Master of Architecture, first class honours)
BArch (Bachelor of Architecture, first class honours)
BAS (Bachelor of Architectural Studies)

Urban Auckland
Architecture + Women

Areas of Expertise
Urban Research
Urban Regeneration
Housing Strategy
Housing Needs Assessments
Community + Stakeholder Engagement


Thought Leadership
Natalie regularly speaks at conferences, delivers webinars, is a panel moderator and writes about housing issues and delivering citizen-centric neighbourhoods.
 
- 5th Annual Affordable Housing Development and Investment Summit 2021 | Full-day workshop lead | Tools and techniques to diversify the housing system

- Corenet Symposium: Resilience the Next Wave 2021 | Presenter | Resilience through urban design

- CBRE Residential Advantage Summit 2021 | Keynote | Scanning the horizon of changing housing trends

- RIBA Global Knowledge Exchange (Virtual) 2021 | Keynote | The Future of cities – Revitalising/reimagining cities post-CovidDesign Experience Series Queenstown, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland 2021 | Keynote | Shaping citizen-centric communities.

- NZILA Conference 2021 | Presenter + Panellist | Neighbourhoods as Cohesive Landscapes

- ADNZ Medium to High Density Housing Summit (Virtual) 2021 | Presenter | Diverse housing solutions for our diverse people.

- Hamilton City Councilor Briefing 2020 | Keynote | Housing for Wellbeing

- MfE Seminar 2020 | Keynote | Housing for Wellbeing - Options for everyone

- NZIA Seminar 2020 | Keynote | The Architecture of Equity: Housing for Wellbeing

- ADNZ National Conference 2020 | Presenter | Housing for Wellbeing and the Role of the Neighbourhood

- Property Council Residential Development Summit 2019 | Panel Chair | Disrupting the Property Industry

- International Study Tour 2018 and 2019 – Led government officials to Europe, the U.K and U.S to explore sustainable regeneration and community-led development solutions.

- Housing New Zealand away day 2019 | Keynote | Who are we building for?

- Spatial Survey Conference 2019 | Presenter | Creating Integrated Neighbourhoods and building community, from the start.

- Build to Rent Forum 2019 | Presenter | How BTR projects can help drive urban regeneration and renewal in our cities 

- ATEED away day 2019 | Keynote | Thinking spatially about economic development

- AAA Awards 2019 | Keynote | Visionary Architecture? Beyond housing, towards integrated neighbourhoods

- UNITEC Scala Seminar Series 2019 | Keynote | Urban Innovation and Strategic City Making

Greer 0Donnell

Greer O’Donnell

Director

Greer O'Donnel

Greer brings a unique perspective to the industry, having legal and anthropological training. Her expertise is at the front end of projects; bringing together iwi partners and stakeholders, to deeply understand the context, test assumptions and identify opportunities. Her skills in building relationships that form the basis of partnership, and setting projects up for success, have been applied to urban development and regeneration programmes, as well as housing and social infrastructure projects in the civic, arts and culture, parks, sport and recreation sectors. Greer’s strength is in co-designing a pathway to implementation, and working across sectors to turn strategy into delivery. Greer values innovation and creativity, and is passionate about changing the way we think about city-making, and holding space for mana whenua to guide us on how to restore Aotearoa’s ecological and cultural richness.

Turangawaewae:
Greer was brought up on a hill country farm in Whanganui, has strong connections to Ōtautahi where she spent over a decade living and working, and now lives in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Qualifications and Affiliations
IAP2 Public Participation
Prince 2 - Project Management
Thomas Kilmann - Mediation and Resolving Conflict
Institute of Directors - Management, Finance and Strategy

LLB/BA (Political Science, Anthropology)

Founder & Chair - Society for Housing Innovation 2018-2022
Westpac Women of Influence Finalist 2019 - Business Enterprise

Areas of Expertise
Urban Development
Urban Regeneration
Community Housing
Affordable Housing
Project feasibility

Thought Leadership
- Recreation Conference 2022 | Delivering Wellbeing through Community recreation
- Auckland central regeneration Think Tank 2021-22 | Participant | Thinking a hundred years into the future
- Retirement Commission Older Persons Forum  | Presenter | Barriers to community-centric affordable housing
- Better Renting through New Housing Models - Greater Auckland 2021 | Co-Author | Cooperative ownership and Build-to rent
- How we Live - Creating housing that puts people and the planet first 2021| Co-Author | A systems change view of housing
- A Cooperative Housing Pathway 2020-21 | Advisor and Reviewer | Open sourced development pathway by SCOOPNZCoHoHui 2021 | Organiser | Collective Housing Conference
- Housing Innovation Society 2021 | Advocacy | policy/legislative settings that are impeding the development of innovative and affordable housing options in New Zealand
- 5th Annual Affordable Housing Development and Investment Summit 2021 | Full-day workshop lead | Tools and techniques to diversify the housing system
- Urban Futures Conference 2020 | Presenter| How to plan for more people-centric cities
- Creative Conversations Palmerston North City Council 2020 | The future of medium density housing and regeneration
- GLO Government Land Organisations Australia and New Zealand (Presenter, 2019) – Urban Innovations; rethinking how we build our cities
- International Study Tour 2018 and 2019 – Planned and led a group of government officials to Europe, the U.K and U.S to explore sustainable regeneration and community-led development solutions
- Developing New Zealand (Panel Moderator and Round Table Chair, 2019) – Innovations in the planning industry Sustainable and affordable housing solutions for greater liveability and wellbeing
- Spatial Survey Conference (Presenter, 2018) – Creating Integrated Neighbourhoods and building community, from the start

Hayden Cargo

Operations Manager

Hayden Cargo

Hayden brings his recent experience working with small businesses and extensive accounting background to the team. Responsible for the day to day operations, Hayden oversees the allocation of workflow, communicating expectations from directors to staff, liaising with clients to achieve their deadlines and supporting the team members remotely, and office operations in Auckland. Hayden also assists with staff recruitment, manages the corporate side of the business, oversees the growth strategy, and assists with business development.

Turangawaewae:  
Born and raised in Kirikiriroa / Hamilton, Hayden spent time playing cricket and working in the UK, is a passionate sportsperson, and now lives in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland.

Qualifications and Affiliations
New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) | Chartered Accountant (CA)
New Zealand Certificate in Tikanga (Mātauranga Māori) Level 3 | Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
Bachelor of Business | Majoring in Accounting | Waikato Institute of Technology

Areas of Expertise
Office and Staff Management
Business Development
Client Management
Financial Reporting and Analysis
Tax Advisory

Paul Silk

Partner

Paul Silk

Paul is a strategic advisor focusing on how key macro-economic trends impact urban development. Paul’s background lies primarily in Global Financial Markets and macro policy in the Asia Pacific region, with a special focus on policy frameworks implemented in Australia and New Zealand. Paul has provided advice to the NZ Government and Local Authorities on macro-economic trends, urban development and regeneration issues, with a particular focus in the post-earthquake recovery on the acquisition, development, funding and investment in large-scale Social Infrastructure assets.  He brings his experience as a past Director of Ngāi Tahu Holdings and as the Asia-Pacific representative for Medley Global Advisors (a leading independent macro policy research firm headquartered in New York) to TUA’s work.

Turangawaewae:
Paul grew up in Whanganui before moving to Ōtautahi Christchurch for University. His working career has seen him raise his family in Wellington, Sydney and London before settling back in Aotearoa New Zealand.He currently lives in Ōtautahi Christchurch. 

Qualifications and Affiliations
Bachelor of Commerce (Business Management)
AIS, High Performance Leadership 
Institute of Finance Professionals (presenter) 
EMEAP - East Asia Pacific Central Banks (presenter) 

Areas of Expertise
Global Macroeconomic, Monetary and Geopolitical Policy 
Urban Regeneration and Inclusive Growth
Implementation plans
Business Case Development 
Large-scale infrastructure projects
Social Housing 

Thought Leadership
Paul has an extensive background presenting on macroeconomic trends, urban regeneration challenges and opportunities and the shift toward inclusive growth frameworks. His commercial skillsets and key relationships within the infrastructure finance sector are highly valued in translating intended outcomes into feasible, viable and sustainable projects, and he is regularly asked for advice by a range of stakeholders.

Claire Redford

Senior Urban Strategist

Claire Redford

Claire is a regeneration specialist with a qualification in urban planning (as recognised by the New Zealand Planning Institute). Working in the built environment industry since 2011, she has held positions as both the consultant and client. Gaining experience in diverse roles, she has procured an in-depth understanding across the project life-cycle; conception, site identification, business case, funding, design, procurement, construction, completion, as well as the often tricky latent defect process.

Claire’s strengths lie in budget management for public sector organisations, stakeholder management, resident engagement and liaison, development and execution of comprehensive procurement processes. She has led numerous multi-disciplinary teams to develop, design, and deliver substantial residential projects.

With a working knowledge of the regeneration process, Claire is fully committed to ensuring that all impacted communities feel that their voices are heard and ideas actioned. 

Turangawaewae:
Claire was born and spent her childhood in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Moving to Te Waipounamu for her university education and the early years of her career. After spending time working in England, Claire now resides in Northcote, Tāmaki Makarau/Auckland.

Qualifications and Affiliations
Masters of Planning with distinction
Bachelor of Commerce (double major in Accounting and Geography)

New Zealand Planning Institute (National Young Planners Representative 2013-2014)

Thought Leadership
While working in post-earthquake Christchurch, Claire launched a speaking series called ‘What Are You Doing?’ (or WAYD) in collaboration with the Young Representatives of the Canterbury NZIA and NZILA. The evenings were a chance for the people behind some of the driving forces of the Canterbury rebuild to get together and discuss new ideas.

During her time in London, England, Claire was the London city organiser for PechaKucha nights, where creative people share their ideas or latest projects while projecting 20 images over 6 minutes 40 seconds. Started by architects and now embraced around the globe, Pecha Kucha events connect people, fuel conversation and inspire thinking with topics ranging from the intellectual to the hilarious.
 
Areas of Expertise
Urban Regeneration
Affordable + Social Housing 
Leading Multi-disciplinary teams
Community + Stakeholder Engagement
Management/strategy of public sector budgets

Meredith Dale

Urban Strategist

Meredith Dale

Meredith is an Urban Designer and Urban Strategist with experience in civil engineering and urban design in the public and private sector in Aotearoa. She is a design thinker and systems thinker, skilled at working with complexity, across scales and collaborating with diverse stakeholders to develop strategies for change. Meredith has a unique multi-disciplinary perspective that is supported by a balance of skills from spatial and visual design to engagement, qualitative and quantitative research.  As tangata tiriti, Meredith values meaningful partnership, integrating a bicultural approach to her work, to support iwi and hapū entities to realise their development aspirations.
 
Turangawaewae:
Born in Asia, and grew up in  Kirikiriroa / Hamilton (rohe of Waikato Tainui), Meredith now lives in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland.

Qualifications and Affiliations
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), Civil & Environmental Engineering, (First Class)
Master of Urban Planning (Prof) and Urban Design, (First Class)
Urban Design Forum
New Zealand Green Building Council, Future Thinkers

Areas of Expertise
Urban Design
Urban Regeneration
Housing Strategy
Monitoring + Evaluation
Community + Stakeholder Engagement


Thought Leadership
Future Thinker of the Year 2021, New Zealand Green Building Council
International Leadership Visitor Programme, Sustainable Housing and Smart Cities (2021)
Emerging Planners Network - Beyond the RMA, (Panelist, 2021)

Hattie Young

Urban Strategist

Hattie Young

Hattie has a background in architecture, with experience working across a range of contexts and scales. She draws on her diverse academic background in architecture, health science and psychology, with a particular interest in how the physical environment affects individual and community wellbeing. Hattie is skilled in problem solving and empathetic design, enjoying the challenge of helping others to find innovative design solutions. Hattie values socially and environmentally responsible development and is passionate about making a positive social impact through design.

Tūrangawaewae:
Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington

Qualifications and Affiliations
BAS
MArch (Prof, Hons)
WELL Accredited Professional Urban Design Forum (member)
The Centre of Conscious Design (member)

Areas of Expertise
Urban Wellbeing
Urban Research
Housing Strategy
Housing Needs Assessments
Community + Stakeholder Engagement


Rory Overton

Visualizer + Urban Designer

Rory Overton

Rory has recently completed studies in Architecture and Urban Design and has been a long-term supporter of TUA by developing visual content and workflows. He is interested in how architectural solutions integrate intimately within their context by considering connections to urban scales with strategic thinking. As an interdisciplinary designer who embraces the complexity of problem-solving, Rory is passionate about honest, respectful, and well-considered design. These characteristics form Rory's design philosophy of incorporating sustainability, resilience, and temporality as foundations for any solution. Rory believes that being inclusive, committed and perceptive are essential to creating meaningful change in our urban environment.

Turangawaewae
Born in Whangārei, grew up across Tāmaki Makarau and lives in Central Auckland.

Qualifications
BAS - Bachelor of Architectural Studies
MArch(Prof)UrbDes - Master of Architecture & Urban Design (Ongoing, TBC Mid-2022)

Areas of Expertise
Architectural Design
Urban Design
Visualisation/Graphic Design

Devon Sanson

Analyst

Devon Sanson

Devon has a background in Development Studies, with experience in property consultancy and dispute resolution. His skills include working with people to solve complex problems and policy analysis. Devon has particular interests in the interactions of people, policy, and place and how they shape our environments. Using knowledge from geography, political science, development theory, and housing advocacy, he is passionate about systems which enable empowering urban spaces. 

Turangawaewae
Devon grew up in Te Awahou / Foxton, studied and lived for several years in Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington before moving to Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland.

Qualifications
BA - Bachelor of Arts

Areas of Expertise
Analysis
Affordable Housing
Stakeholder Engagement

Meredith Dale

Urban Strategist

Meredith Dale

Meredith is an Urban Designer and Urban Strategist with experience in civil engineering and urban design in the public and private sector in Aotearoa. She is a design thinker and systems thinker, skilled at working with complexity, across scales and collaborating with diverse stakeholders to develop strategies for change. Meredith has a unique multi-disciplinary perspective that is supported by a balance of skills from spatial and visual design to engagement, qualitative and quantitative research.  As tangata tiriti, Meredith values meaningful partnership, integrating a bicultural approach to her work, to support iwi and hapū entities to realise their development aspirations.
 
Turangawaewae:
Born in Asia, and grew up in  Kirikiriroa / Hamilton (rohe of Waikato Tainui), Meredith now lives in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland.

Qualifications and Affiliations
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), Civil & Environmental Engineering, (First Class)
Master of Urban Planning (Prof) and Urban Design, (First Class)
Urban Design Forum
New Zealand Green Building Council, Future Thinkers

Areas of Expertise
Urban Design
Urban Regeneration
Housing Strategy
Monitoring + Evaluation
Community + Stakeholder Engagement


Thought Leadership
Future Thinker of the Year 2021, New Zealand Green Building Council
International Leadership Visitor Programme, Sustainable Housing and Smart Cities (2021)
Emerging Planners Network - Beyond the RMA, (Panelist, 2021)

Hattie Young

Urban Strategist

Hattie Young

Hattie has a background in architecture, with experience working across a range of contexts and scales. She draws on her diverse academic background in architecture, health science and psychology, with a particular interest in how the physical environment affects individual and community wellbeing. Hattie is skilled in problem solving and empathetic design, enjoying the challenge of helping others to find innovative design solutions. Hattie values socially and environmentally responsible development and is passionate about making a positive social impact through design.

Tūrangawaewae:
Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington

Qualifications and Affiliations
BAS
MArch (Prof, Hons)
WELL Accredited Professional Urban Design Forum (member)
The Centre of Conscious Design (member)

Areas of Expertise
Urban Wellbeing
Urban Research
Housing Strategy
Housing Needs Assessments
Community + Stakeholder Engagement


Rory Overton

Visualizer + Urban Designer

Rory Overton

Rory has recently completed studies in Architecture and Urban Design and has been a long-term supporter of TUA by developing visual content and workflows. He is interested in how architectural solutions integrate intimately within their context by considering connections to urban scales with strategic thinking. As an interdisciplinary designer who embraces the complexity of problem-solving, Rory is passionate about honest, respectful, and well-considered design. These characteristics form Rory's design philosophy of incorporating sustainability, resilience, and temporality as foundations for any solution. Rory believes that being inclusive, committed and perceptive are essential to creating meaningful change in our urban environment.

Turangawaewae
Born in Whangārei, grew up across Tāmaki Makarau and lives in Central Auckland.

Qualifications
BAS - Bachelor of Architectural Studies
MArch(Prof)UrbDes - Master of Architecture & Urban Design (Ongoing, TBC Mid-2022)

Areas of Expertise
Architectural Design
Urban Design
Visualisation/Graphic Design

Dr Natalie Allen

Director

Dr Natalie Allen

Natalie works with our clients to make the seemingly complex simple when it comes to designing and delivering our built environment. She specialises in designing neighbourhoods that enhance wellbeing and is passionate about supporting our clients to innovate when it comes to delivering quality, resilient, and people-centric developments. Natalie has a background in architecture, urban/spatial design, and urban governance and extensive research experience across a range of critical urban topics: integrated urban planning and community visioning, urban growth and increasing density, and housing preferences and demand. She maintains wide-ranging industry networks in both the public and private sectors and brings a creative, long-term strategic perspective to all our work.

Qualifications and Affiliations
PhD in Urban Design
MArch (Master of Architecture, first class honours)
BArch (Bachelor of Architecture, first class honours)
BAS (Bachelor of Architectural Studies)

Urban Auckland
Architecture + Women

Areas of Expertise
Urban Research
Urban Regeneration
Housing Strategy
Housing Needs Assessments
Community + Stakeholder Engagement


Thought Leadership
Natalie regularly speaks at conferences, delivers webinars, is a panel moderator and writes about housing issues and delivering citizen-centric neighbourhoods.
 
- 5th Annual Affordable Housing Development and Investment Summit 2021 | Full-day workshop lead | Tools and techniques to diversify the housing system

- Corenet Symposium: Resilience the Next Wave 2021 | Presenter | Resilience through urban design

- CBRE Residential Advantage Summit 2021 | Keynote | Scanning the horizon of changing housing trends

- RIBA Global Knowledge Exchange (Virtual) 2021 | Keynote | The Future of cities – Revitalising/reimagining cities post-CovidDesign Experience Series Queenstown, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland 2021 | Keynote | Shaping citizen-centric communities.

- NZILA Conference 2021 | Presenter + Panellist | Neighbourhoods as Cohesive Landscapes

- ADNZ Medium to High Density Housing Summit (Virtual) 2021 | Presenter | Diverse housing solutions for our diverse people.

- Hamilton City Councilor Briefing 2020 | Keynote | Housing for Wellbeing

- MfE Seminar 2020 | Keynote | Housing for Wellbeing - Options for everyone

- NZIA Seminar 2020 | Keynote | The Architecture of Equity: Housing for Wellbeing

- ADNZ National Conference 2020 | Presenter | Housing for Wellbeing and the Role of the Neighbourhood

- Property Council Residential Development Summit 2019 | Panel Chair | Disrupting the Property Industry

- International Study Tour 2018 and 2019 – Led government officials to Europe, the U.K and U.S to explore sustainable regeneration and community-led development solutions.

- Housing New Zealand away day 2019 | Keynote | Who are we building for?

- Spatial Survey Conference 2019 | Presenter | Creating Integrated Neighbourhoods and building community, from the start.

- Build to Rent Forum 2019 | Presenter | How BTR projects can help drive urban regeneration and renewal in our cities 

- ATEED away day 2019 | Keynote | Thinking spatially about economic development

- AAA Awards 2019 | Keynote | Visionary Architecture? Beyond housing, towards integrated neighbourhoods

- UNITEC Scala Seminar Series 2019 | Keynote | Urban Innovation and Strategic City Making

Greer 0Donnell

Greer O’Donnell

Director

Greer O'Donnel

Greer brings a unique perspective to the industry, having legal and anthropological training. Her expertise is at the front end of projects; bringing together iwi partners and stakeholders, to deeply understand the context, test assumptions and identify opportunities. Her skills in building relationships that form the basis of partnership, and setting projects up for success, have been applied to urban development and regeneration programmes, as well as housing and social infrastructure projects in the civic, arts and culture, parks, sport and recreation sectors. Greer’s strength is in co-designing a pathway to implementation, and working across sectors to turn strategy into delivery. Greer values innovation and creativity, and is passionate about changing the way we think about city-making, and holding space for mana whenua to guide us on how to restore Aotearoa’s ecological and cultural richness.

Turangawaewae:
Greer was brought up on a hill country farm in Whanganui, has strong connections to Ōtautahi where she spent over a decade living and working, and now lives in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Qualifications and Affiliations
IAP2 Public Participation
Prince 2 - Project Management
Thomas Kilmann - Mediation and Resolving Conflict
Institute of Directors - Management, Finance and Strategy

LLB/BA (Political Science, Anthropology)

Founder & Chair - Society for Housing Innovation 2018-2022
Westpac Women of Influence Finalist 2019 - Business Enterprise

Areas of Expertise
Urban Development
Urban Regeneration
Community Housing
Affordable Housing
Project feasibility

Thought Leadership
- Recreation Conference 2022 | Delivering Wellbeing through Community recreation
- Auckland central regeneration Think Tank 2021-22 | Participant | Thinking a hundred years into the future
- Retirement Commission Older Persons Forum  | Presenter | Barriers to community-centric affordable housing
- Better Renting through New Housing Models - Greater Auckland 2021 | Co-Author | Cooperative ownership and Build-to rent
- How we Live - Creating housing that puts people and the planet first 2021| Co-Author | A systems change view of housing
- A Cooperative Housing Pathway 2020-21 | Advisor and Reviewer | Open sourced development pathway by SCOOPNZCoHoHui 2021 | Organiser | Collective Housing Conference
- Housing Innovation Society 2021 | Advocacy | policy/legislative settings that are impeding the development of innovative and affordable housing options in New Zealand
- 5th Annual Affordable Housing Development and Investment Summit 2021 | Full-day workshop lead | Tools and techniques to diversify the housing system
- Urban Futures Conference 2020 | Presenter| How to plan for more people-centric cities
- Creative Conversations Palmerston North City Council 2020 | The future of medium density housing and regeneration
- GLO Government Land Organisations Australia and New Zealand (Presenter, 2019) – Urban Innovations; rethinking how we build our cities
- International Study Tour 2018 and 2019 – Planned and led a group of government officials to Europe, the U.K and U.S to explore sustainable regeneration and community-led development solutions
- Developing New Zealand (Panel Moderator and Round Table Chair, 2019) – Innovations in the planning industry Sustainable and affordable housing solutions for greater liveability and wellbeing
- Spatial Survey Conference (Presenter, 2018) – Creating Integrated Neighbourhoods and building community, from the start

Hayden Cargo

Operations Manager

Hayden Cargo

Hayden brings his recent experience working with small businesses and extensive accounting background to the team. Responsible for the day to day operations, Hayden oversees the allocation of workflow, communicating expectations from directors to staff, liaising with clients to achieve their deadlines and supporting the team members remotely, and office operations in Auckland. Hayden also assists with staff recruitment, manages the corporate side of the business, oversees the growth strategy, and assists with business development.

Turangawaewae:  
Born and raised in Kirikiriroa / Hamilton, Hayden spent time playing cricket and working in the UK, is a passionate sportsperson, and now lives in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland.

Qualifications and Affiliations
New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) | Chartered Accountant (CA)
New Zealand Certificate in Tikanga (Mātauranga Māori) Level 3 | Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
Bachelor of Business | Majoring in Accounting | Waikato Institute of Technology

Areas of Expertise
Office and Staff Management
Business Development
Client Management
Financial Reporting and Analysis
Tax Advisory

Paul Silk

Partner

Paul Silk

Paul is a strategic advisor focusing on how key macro-economic trends impact urban development. Paul’s background lies primarily in Global Financial Markets and macro policy in the Asia Pacific region, with a special focus on policy frameworks implemented in Australia and New Zealand. Paul has provided advice to the NZ Government and Local Authorities on macro-economic trends, urban development and regeneration issues, with a particular focus in the post-earthquake recovery on the acquisition, development, funding and investment in large-scale Social Infrastructure assets.  He brings his experience as a past Director of Ngāi Tahu Holdings and as the Asia-Pacific representative for Medley Global Advisors (a leading independent macro policy research firm headquartered in New York) to TUA’s work.

Turangawaewae:
Paul grew up in Whanganui before moving to Ōtautahi Christchurch for University. His working career has seen him raise his family in Wellington, Sydney and London before settling back in Aotearoa New Zealand.He currently lives in Ōtautahi Christchurch. 

Qualifications and Affiliations
Bachelor of Commerce (Business Management)
AIS, High Performance Leadership 
Institute of Finance Professionals (presenter) 
EMEAP - East Asia Pacific Central Banks (presenter) 

Areas of Expertise
Global Macroeconomic, Monetary and Geopolitical Policy 
Urban Regeneration and Inclusive Growth
Implementation plans
Business Case Development 
Large-scale infrastructure projects
Social Housing 

Thought Leadership
Paul has an extensive background presenting on macroeconomic trends, urban regeneration challenges and opportunities and the shift toward inclusive growth frameworks. His commercial skillsets and key relationships within the infrastructure finance sector are highly valued in translating intended outcomes into feasible, viable and sustainable projects, and he is regularly asked for advice by a range of stakeholders.

Meredith Dale

Urban Strategist

Meredith Dale

Meredith is an Urban Designer and Urban Strategist with experience in civil engineering and urban design in the public and private sector in Aotearoa. She is a design thinker and systems thinker, skilled at working with complexity, across scales and collaborating with diverse stakeholders to develop strategies for change. Meredith has a unique multi-disciplinary perspective that is supported by a balance of skills from spatial and visual design to engagement, qualitative and quantitative research.  As tangata tiriti, Meredith values meaningful partnership, integrating a bicultural approach to her work, to support iwi and hapū entities to realise their development aspirations.
 
Turangawaewae:
Born in Asia, and grew up in  Kirikiriroa / Hamilton (rohe of Waikato Tainui), Meredith now lives in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland.

Qualifications and Affiliations
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), Civil & Environmental Engineering, (First Class)
Master of Urban Planning (Prof) and Urban Design, (First Class)
Urban Design Forum
New Zealand Green Building Council, Future Thinkers

Areas of Expertise
Urban Design
Urban Regeneration
Housing Strategy
Monitoring + Evaluation
Community + Stakeholder Engagement


Thought Leadership
Future Thinker of the Year 2021, New Zealand Green Building Council
International Leadership Visitor Programme, Sustainable Housing and Smart Cities (2021)
Emerging Planners Network - Beyond the RMA, (Panelist, 2021)

Hattie Young

Urban Strategist

Hattie Young

Hattie has a background in architecture, with experience working across a range of contexts and scales. She draws on her diverse academic background in architecture, health science and psychology, with a particular interest in how the physical environment affects individual and community wellbeing. Hattie is skilled in problem solving and empathetic design, enjoying the challenge of helping others to find innovative design solutions. Hattie values socially and environmentally responsible development and is passionate about making a positive social impact through design.

Tūrangawaewae:
Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington

Qualifications and Affiliations
BAS
MArch (Prof, Hons)
WELL Accredited Professional Urban Design Forum (member)
The Centre of Conscious Design (member)

Areas of Expertise
Urban Wellbeing
Urban Research
Housing Strategy
Housing Needs Assessments
Community + Stakeholder Engagement


Claire Redford

Senior Urban Strategist

Claire Redford

Claire is a regeneration specialist with a qualification in urban planning (as recognised by the New Zealand Planning Institute). Working in the built environment industry since 2011, she has held positions as both the consultant and client. Gaining experience in diverse roles, she has procured an in-depth understanding across the project life-cycle; conception, site identification, business case, funding, design, procurement, construction, completion, as well as the often tricky latent defect process.

Claire’s strengths lie in budget management for public sector organisations, stakeholder management, resident engagement and liaison, development and execution of comprehensive procurement processes. She has led numerous multi-disciplinary teams to develop, design, and deliver substantial residential projects.

With a working knowledge of the regeneration process, Claire is fully committed to ensuring that all impacted communities feel that their voices are heard and ideas actioned. 

Turangawaewae:
Claire was born and spent her childhood in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Moving to Te Waipounamu for her university education and the early years of her career. After spending time working in England, Claire now resides in Northcote, Tāmaki Makarau/Auckland.

Qualifications and Affiliations
Masters of Planning with distinction
Bachelor of Commerce (double major in Accounting and Geography)

New Zealand Planning Institute (National Young Planners Representative 2013-2014)

Thought Leadership
While working in post-earthquake Christchurch, Claire launched a speaking series called ‘What Are You Doing?’ (or WAYD) in collaboration with the Young Representatives of the Canterbury NZIA and NZILA. The evenings were a chance for the people behind some of the driving forces of the Canterbury rebuild to get together and discuss new ideas.

During her time in London, England, Claire was the London city organiser for PechaKucha nights, where creative people share their ideas or latest projects while projecting 20 images over 6 minutes 40 seconds. Started by architects and now embraced around the globe, Pecha Kucha events connect people, fuel conversation and inspire thinking with topics ranging from the intellectual to the hilarious.
 
Areas of Expertise
Urban Regeneration
Affordable + Social Housing 
Leading Multi-disciplinary teams
Community + Stakeholder Engagement
Management/strategy of public sector budgets

Rory Overton

Visualizer + Urban Designer

Devon Sanson

Rory has recently completed studies in Architecture and Urban Design and has been a long-term supporter of TUA by developing visual content and workflows. He is interested in how architectural solutions integrate intimately within their context by considering connections to urban scales with strategic thinking. As an interdisciplinary designer who embraces the complexity of problem-solving, Rory is passionate about honest, respectful, and well-considered design. These characteristics form Rory's design philosophy of incorporating sustainability, resilience, and temporality as foundations for any solution. Rory believes that being inclusive, committed and perceptive are essential to creating meaningful change in our urban environment.

Turangawaewae
Born in Whangārei, grew up across Tāmaki Makarau and lives in Central Auckland.

Qualifications
BAS - Bachelor of Architectural StudiesMArch(Prof)UrbDes - Master of Architecture & Urban Design (Ongoing, TBC Mid-2022)

Areas of Expertise
Architectural Design
Urban Design
Visualisation/Graphic Design

Devon Sanson

Urban Strategist

Devon Sanson

Devon has a background in Development Studies, with experience in property consultancy and dispute resolution. His skills include working with people to solve complex problems and policy analysis. Devon has particular interests in the interactions of people, policy, and place and how they shape our environments. Using knowledge from geography, political science, development theory, and housing advocacy, he is passionate about systems which enable empowering urban spaces.

Turangawaewae
Devon grew up in Te Awahou / Foxton, studied and lived for several years in Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington before moving to Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland.

Qualifications
BA - Bachelor of Arts

Areas of Expertise
Analysis
Affordable Housing
Stakeholder Engagement

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Extended Members of the Team

John Mackay

Urban Design Advisor

John Mackay

John is an Urban Designer and Urban Strategist. His expertise ranges from masterplanning to preparing plan changes and evidence for hearings. He has 30+ years of experience working with councils and knows how to get challenging projects consented and completed with good outcomes.

He is committed to delivering quality intensification to meet the needs of future New Zealanders.  He lectures the Urban Planning Methods and Planmaking Studio at the University of Auckland.

John spent six years as a Principal with Boffa Miskell Ltd before becoming a sole practitioner in 2013. He has partnered with TUA on a number of projects since 2020, including the urban design concept and planning provisions for the Dargaville Racecourse plan change proposal. He brings a wealth of experience in masterplanning, design review, plan changes and hearings to complex urban development projects.

Turangawaewae: 
Living now where he was born in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland, John was brought up in Ōtautahi / Christchurch and has also lived and worked in Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington and Rānana / London.  He enjoys the outdoors and his adventures exploring New Zealand rivers on home-made rafts were published in the book Wild Rivers.

Qualifications and Affiliations
B.Arch - Bachelor of Architecture
Dip.T.P -  Post-grad Diploma of Town Planning
Accredited Planning Commissioner (2015)
Member of NZ Planning InstituteAssociate Member of NZ Institute of ArchitectsUrban Design Forum - ex committee member

Areas of Expertise
Urban DesignUrban RegenerationHousing StrategyStrategic and Master PlanningDistrict Plan Development

Jacqueline Griffin

HR Consultant

Jacqueline Griffin

Jacqueline brings over 15 years of experience in providing Human Resources support to some of the largest organisations in New Zealand and Australia. To ensure TUA is an incredible place to work, Jacqueline helps us to design and implement policies and practices that support this goal. In particular, we have leveraged her skills in the field of performance coaching and capability development to map clear professional pathways for our team.

Supporting in a consulting capacity, Jacqueine works with our team across HR opportunities for our clients. She specialises in providing full organisation reviews, reporting to management and leadership about the relevant protocols and guidelines needed, and implementing best practice policies so that organisations have the right tools to safely and effectively deliver their desired services. 

Turangawaewae: 
Born and raised in Tāmaki Makaurau / Warkworth, Jacq spent time living and travelling abroad. A keen paddle boarder and living room dance champion, she now resides in Te Matau-a-Māui / Hawkes Bay with her husband and three children.

Qualifications and Affiliations
Human Resource Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) I Member
Institute of Directors (IoD) I Member
Bachelor of Commerce I Majoring in Commercial Law & Human Resources I Victoria University of Wellington

Areas of Expertise 
Culture Planning
Talent & Capability Planning
Business Development 
Employment Relations

Animoa Goold

Consultant

Animoa Goold

Ko Tapuae o Uenuku te maungaKo Rangitane o Wairau te iwiKo Animoa Goold toku ingoaAnimoa has the privilege to walk alongside the team at TUA with their journey to understand what living and working in a society grounded in Te Tiriti o Waitangi might look like.  Animoa works for Visionwest as Pou Arahi Maori Development and has a passion to see organisations bed in a commitment to Te Tiriti in all they do and say. Na te rourou, naku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.  With your food basket and my food basket, the community will have life.

Turangawaewae: 
Born and raised in Orini, her iwi is the community of Rangitāne o Wairau, based in Blenheim. She now resides in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland.

Qualifications and Affiliations
Bachelor of Arts I Economic History I Victoria University of Wellington
Bachelor of Divinity I Laidlaw College
Masters in Education I Adult Education I Massey University

Areas of Expertise 
Culture Coaching
Strategic Planning
Governance and Leadership Development

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Key Collaborators

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Research Hub

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