Lara completed her Bachelor of Planning Degree at the University of Auckland in 2010, from here she worked with an architectural practice for several months before joining Auckland Council as a Planner and Compliance and Monitoring officer. In 2014 Lara joined a multidisciplinary consultancy where she gained further experience with ‘regional’ consenting, land development and subdivision. More recently Lara has been working with Auckland Council on the Auckland Unitary Plan. Involving an intensive hearings process, mediation and presentation of expert evidence across a range of specialist areas. As a result Lara has also been involved with inputting into national policy direction in the area of coastal hazards and climate change. She is an intermediate member of the New Zealand Planning Institute and member of the New Zealand Coastal Society.