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About us

The Environment and Urban Design team offer technical services as part of the Highways and Network Operations Group. The team is a centre of excellence for strategic advice, research, information and support for transport related natural environment, social, culture and heritage, human health and urban design issues. We work across the Transport Agency, with our suppliers, key stakeholders and customers. We aim to reduce adverse environmental impacts, improve social cohesion and enable positive human health outcomes.

Our focus areas are: the application of environmental risk management and urban design principles; development and implementation of national standards and guidelines; education and training; research; consenting and consent compliance management; monitoring and auditing; supplier contracting; quality assurance; and stakeholder and customer engagement.

Our aim is to:

  • Provide efficient, effective and consistent technical support for transport and resource planners, project, asset, property, contract, network and journey managers.
  • Ensure consistent application of operational policy and best practice in the engagement and management of external suppliers.
  • Provide dedicated regional environmental specialists for one-stop-shop assistance to Transport Agency regional offices.
  • Maintain long term relationships with consenting and regulatory authorities such as the Department of Conservation, Heritage NZ and local authorities.
  • Ensure continuous improvement of relevant organisational processes and practices.
  • Monitor and audit consent compliance and delivery of environmental and social outcomes.

For further information contact environment@nzta.govt.nz.

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