Coming up with a creative idea for a new development, or finding an opportunity to revitalise a site can be an exciting experience, only to have the reality of resource consent requirements crash the proposal down to earth. At Barker Planning your ideas come to life through practical and uncomplicated advice, and experience that removes stress and uncertainty.
Principal Vicki Barker is qualified in science and planning, and having worked for councils, central government and in private consulting, she knows planning in New Zealand from every angle.
Based in Christchurch, Vicki has also worked in Wellington and Auckland and understands how requirements vary between councils, between urban and rural environments, as well as between busy tourism hubs and protected areas.
Whether you are new to planning processes, or find them difficult to negotiate, Vicki is skilled in breaking down the requirements into easy to follow steps.
“Communication is central to the practice and I can explain resource consenting and other planning processes clearly and simply and remove the jargon,” she says.
Close professional links with other professionals that your project might require – from designers, to surveyors, to engineers, means that Barker Planning can manage your development from beginning to end, with the level of involvement that you would like.
If you understand planning but are simply time-poor, Barker Planning takes on your project with the efficiency born of long experience.
“You can always count on receiving results on time and on budget,” Vicki says.
A beautiful wedding day experience – angst-free, co-ordinated, and a true reflection of a couple’s desires – is never a coincidence, but rather the culmination of weeks, sometimes months, or even years of meticulous planning.
Few appreciate this more than Moira Murphy of I Do For You. With more than ten years of experience planning events, Moira believes planning a wedding should be a joy not ‘something to get through’ and has devoted her career to helping a couple’s wedding day fulfil it’s potential.
“You only do this once so it’s okay to feel overwhelmed. I love my job and it is my privilege to make ‘hard’ easy for you.”
Engaging a wedding planner like Moira can save couples money as all supplier discounts are passed directly onto them. With a flexible service, I Do For You can cater for all elements of the wedding planning process, including partial planning, website creation, on the day support and the full package.
The team’s focus at Pegasus Bay Law is having the passion to listen to its clients, and ensuring they are genuinely looked after.
The firm was established four years ago by two directors, community-minded born and bred Cantabrians Pam Wheeler and Robyn Loversidge. The Christchurch and Kaiapoi offices merged with Thompson and Morgan in 2015 and acquired the clients of Ian McNish Lawyer, together with his long-time receptionist, Barbara Burney.
Pam leads the conveyancing team. Having previously owned and managed her own business, she offers sound professional and practical advice. Christine Jackson was recently welcomed as an Associate. She is a licenced Conveyancer who qualified in Australia and has many clients in North Canterbury. Vivienne Holmes, a registered Legal Executive, works closely with Pam and her clients. Dee Woods, who is training as a legal assistant, completes the conveyancing team.
Robyn specialises in family law, including estate matters. She has worked for a time in London and is an officer in the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve in her spare time. Assisting her is Estates Administrator Tina-marie Case and Gretta Leigh, Robyn’s PA.
Pam and Robyn say thinking and planning ahead is imperative. For example, wills should be looked at every five years or if circumstances change and powers of attorney need to be considered while a person still has the capacity to make their own decisions.
Visit Pegasus Bay Law Ltd, 327 Westminster Street, Mairehau,
03-386 2211; 97 Williams Street, Kaiapoi 03-928 1215; or pegasasbaylaw.co.nz.