Rachel McClung

The Orchardist - - Careers -

Rachel McClung is a re­source man­age­ment plan­ner with more than 15 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence. She has worked for var­i­ous con­sul­tan­cies and coun­cils, both in New Zealand and the UK.

Rachel holds a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence from Can­ter­bury Uni­ver­sity and a Mas­ter’s of Sci­ence with hon­ours in re­source man­age­ment from Lin­coln Uni­ver­sity. Rachel is a full mem­ber of the New Zealand Plan­ning In­sti­tute.

In ad­di­tion to her qual­i­fi­ca­tions, Rachel brings many skills to the po­si­tion, in­clud­ing a strong un­der­stand­ing of the RMA and New Zealand plan­ning sys­tems; ex­pe­ri­ence with regional pol­icy re­view, district plan re­view, strat­egy de­vel­op­ment, sub­mis­sions, plan changes and pre­sen­ta­tion of ex­pert ev­i­dence.

Rachel also has ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in part­ner­ship with cen­tral gov­ern­ment, lo­cal gov­ern­ment, Iwi and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. She be­lieves it was her abil­ity to work col­lab­o­ra­tively in these com­plex part­ner­ships that put her in a po­si­tion to re­ceive four na­tional awards ear­lier this year for her work with the Waimakariri Red Zone Re­cov­ery Plan. Rachel and her team were awarded:

• SOLGM Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ex­cel­lence Award: In­no­va­tion in Coun­cil – Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Cat­e­gory 2017.

• SOLGM Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ex­cel­lence Award McGredy Win­der Supreme Award 2017.

• NZPI Best Prac­tice Strate­gic Plan­ning

and Guid­ance Award 2017.

• NZPI Nancy Northcroft Supreme

Plan­ning Prac­tice Award 2017.

Rachel is ex­cited to have the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply her skills to the new po­si­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­icy ad­vi­sor (South Is­land) with Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand. In her new role Rachel is look­ing for­ward to meet­ing South Is­land grow­ers, dis­cussing their re­source man­age­ment con­cerns and is­sues and work­ing with them and lo­cal coun­cils to find work­able so­lu­tions.

She is based in Christchurch.

In her spare time, Rachel en­joys spend­ing time with fam­ily and friends, gar­den­ing and go­ing to new places. Over the sum­mer months on a Wed­nes­day and Fri­day night you will find Rachel at the South­brook Touch Rugby grounds in Ran­giora. Rachel is the pres­i­dent of the club which has 1,200 mem­bers – a record 800 ju­nior mem­bers for the 17/18 sea­son.

Rachel McClung dur­ing a visit to Pyper’s Pro­duce in South­land.

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