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What We Do


We advise, strategise & get on with it

The Woods planning team offers a complete and independent service. Our role is to guide clients calmly through the complex planning environment to deliver the desired outcomes.


Planners are not an island. Any given project brings together professionals from many areas of expertise such as engineering, ecology, urban design, surveying and geotechnical. It is an integral part of a planner’s job to coordinate these parties and ensure everyone assigned to a project takes a consistent approach. As a result, our planners have exceptional people and communication skills.

A point of difference

We are different. Our planners are independent and only work for our applicants and clients. This gives us a full understanding of a project and complete focus on the outcomes. We operate across the full spectrum of policy and consents and will provide expert evidence in court to support our clients’ cases.

When consents are granted, we ensure our clients are aware of the conditions, when they need to happen, and their ongoing obligations.

Keeping up-to-date

We stay current. The industry is growing in complexity, and regulations change continually.

Our planning team’s strength stems from its depth of knowledge and ability to deliver a broad range of projects.

To remain up-to-date and maintain professional standards, all our planners are members of the New Zealand Planning Institute and are part of its continuous professional development (CPD) programme.


We ‘play well’ with others, and collaboration is integral to the Woods culture. Whether a client uses only Woods’ planning service or includes other Woods engineers, surveyors or designers, we ensure open communication lines with all project team members.

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Our planning services include:

Consenting for:

  • multi-unit residential
  • commercial developments
  • infrastructure
  • earthworks
  • subdivisions
  • discharges


  • Master planning, structure planning and plan changes
  • Submissions on plan changes, notified consents and designations
  • Expert planning evidence at Council hearings and the Environment Court
  • Applications for designations
  • Iwi consultation
  • Heritage New Zealand applications

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