Meet the team behind the making of the plan

  • Barry Johnson

    Barry is the team’s manager and has overall responsibility for all things related to TDC environmental policy. Barry’s experience spans 30 years in NZ and the UK at central and local government levels.

    “Tasman is home to some of the most iconic landscapes in the country. I am excited to be involved in reviewing our resource management plans so we continue to have a healthy environment that sustains the places and things we value and supports a vibrant economy.”

  • Kathie Fletcher

    Kathie is responsible for the Regional Policy Statement and the iwi and regionally significant issues portfolios.

    “Challenging times require us to be strategic and innovative in our planning. To achieve iwi, community and stakeholder aspirations, we need a focus on restoration and partnerships. Working with indigenous groups, farmers, conservationists, miners, govt agencies, and NFPs has shown me our best foot forward is respecting culture, local knowledge, science and collaborative governance.”

  • Lisa McGlinchey

    Lisa is responsible for the freshwater portfolio and leads the natural resources team working with air, land, freshwater and coastal parts of the regional plan.

    Lisa has worked in natural resource management for over 20 years and has a masters degree in environmental science.

    “I’ve been a water-baby all my life and I’m very passionate about the health of our streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands. There’s nothing better than a refreshing splash in one of our stunning rivers on a hot summer day.”

  • Jeremy Butler

    Jeremy is responsible for the transport portfolio and leads the team working on policies for our towns and local centres, rural areas, natural landscapes, and more.

    “The way we move about Tasman is so important; I’m looking forward to working with our communities as we plan for tomorrow’s transport needs. I have fond memories from my childhood growing up in Golden Bay and currently love living in Motueka. Outside of work, I enjoy exploring the backcountry with my sons.”

  • Diana Worthy

    Diana is responsible for the natural hazards, climate change and air quality portfolios.

    “I have over 16 years planning experience working for local govt in Aotearoa and Scotland. My planning portfolios cover some of the big issues in our district and I look forward to working with our community on these challenging topics. I have lived in the area for 5 years and now proudly call Te Tau Ihu (top of the south) home, enjoying what the region has to offer in outdoor activities and opportunities.”

  • Myaan Bengosi

    Myaan is responsible for the rural areas, energy, infrastructure, reserves, and public access portfolios.

    “I’m passionate about the development and management of cities, and the way in which they can influence people's wellbeing and places.

    As a new arrival to Tasman, I’ve been enjoying meeting locals, exploring the beautiful beaches, and towns, and tramping. I’m excited to continue working with the community to learn what we want for our future, and to build this into the Plan.”

  • Mary Honey

    Mary is responsible for the Towns and local centres and Terrestrial biodiversity portfolios.

    “Over the last 15-years, my work with Tasman District Council has involved refining the planning framework for the rural areas of the district and planning for the growth and urban development of our towns and centres. The Tasman Environment Plan will refresh and update the framework for the towns and centres in our district for the future."

  • Tania Bray

    Tania is responsible for a number of portfolios covering activities, discharges, infrastructure, aquaculture and biodiversity within the coastal marine area.

    Tania has worked as a coastal planner for a number of decades first in Marlborough and more recently in Tasman, making great use of her BSc and Masters in Planning.

    “The coastal environment is dynamic, wildly beautiful and an amazing place. I really enjoy the complex challenges of coastal planning”.

  • Jacqui Deans

    Jacqui Deans is the TDC Urban Growth Co-ordinator and provides expertise on planning for Tasman’s changing population needs.

    “To accommodate our forecast population growth, we need to use land more efficiently. The Nelson Tasman Future Development Strategy and Intensification Action Plan are key documents for achieving this and both will feed into the new Tasman Environment Plan. I look forward to continuing to work with our communities as we plan for future growth.”

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