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.