Jess has approximately 16 years of experience in resource management planning. Jess has worked for local authorities in the Buller, Nelson, Auckland and Northland regions for the majority of her career, most recently as the Policy and Planning Manager at the Kaipara District Council. Jess previously also ran her own planning consultancy for 4 years, based on the west coast of the South Island, undertaking work in various locations around the country. Jess has a range of experience across the planning spectrum, including in policy development and review, consenting and engagement. Jess has a particular interest in Māori development and cultural issues, and recognising/providing for positive cultural outcomes via planning. Jess completed a Bachelor of Resource Studies, majoring in Environmental Management, at Lincoln University in 2001.
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