About Us

At Barker & Associates we pride ourselves in providing timely, accurate and cost- effective planning and urban design advice to a diverse range of public and private sector clients.

We keep processes simple and work collaboratively with clients & stakeholders.


Barker & Associates is a specialist planning consultancy founded in 1997. Today B&A has a team of more than 30 planning and urban design staff operating out of Auckland, Whangarei, Warkworth, Napier and Christchurch offices. We service clients nationwide and undertake projects of all sizes.

Our Services

  • Resource consent applications
  • Notices of requirement and outline plans
  • Urban design
  • Plan changes and submissions
  • Master-planning
  • Due diligence reports
  • Strategic policy advice

  • Evidence for Council and Environment Court hearings
  • Iwi consultation and joint management agreements
  • Third party liaison: Councils, Heritage New Zealand, NZTA


Karl Cook


Karl began his planning career in 1992 with stints at Auckland City Council and North Shore City Council before joining Connell Wagner in 1994. Karl joined Barker & Associates in 2001 and became a director in 2002. Karl has a Master of Planning from Auckland University and has been a full member of the NZ Planning Institute since 1995.

DDI: 09 375 0970
Mobile: 029 638 7970

Matt Norwell


Matt completed his Bachelor of Planning degree (Auckland) in 1992 and took up positions with Rodney District Council and the Auckland Regional Council. In 1995 he moved to Connell Wagner before joining Barker & Associates in 1997. Matt has been a director since 2002 and has been a full member of the NZ Planning Institute since 1998.

DDI: 09 375 0909
Mobile: 029 850 2780

Nick Roberts


Following completion of his Bachelor of Planning degree (Auckland) in 1992, Nick took up a position with Bloxham Burnett and Oliver in Hamilton. In 1994 Nick joined Connell Wagner as a senior planner before leaving in 1997 to form Barker & Associates as a founding director. Nick is a member of Auckland’s Urban Design Panel and is also a member of the working group development Auckland’s new unitary plan representing council as lead planner on the city centre zone and residential zone sections of the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan.

DDI: 09 375 0999
Mobile: 029 666 8330

Gerard Thompson


Following completion of a Master of Science in Geography degree (Canterbury) in 1994, Gerard worked in the telecommunications industry for a number of years. In 2002 he completed a Master of Resource and Environmental Planning degree (Massey) and worked for North Shore City Council before joining Barker & Associates in 2003. Gerard has been a principal since 2013 and is a full member of the NZ Planning Institute.

DDI: 09 375 0903
Mobile: 029 474 6660

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