Lucy Dev­er­all

The Orchardist - - Careers -

Lucy Dev­er­all is an en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­icy ad­vi­sor work­ing in the Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­ment team in Auck­land.

Lucy’s role sees her trav­el­ling around the up­per North Is­land, meet­ing grow­ers and coun­cils and help­ing to plan and re­spond to changes to en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­icy, as well as proac­tively in­flu­enc­ing the pol­icy be­fore it comes into ef­fect.

She comes to Hort NZ from Auck­land Coun­cil, where she spent four years as a pol­icy ad­vi­sor in the parks and re­cre­ation depart­ment as­sess­ing land use and sub­di­vi­sion reg­u­la­tions across ru­ral, coastal, res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial en­vi­ron­ments. She also ad­vised on plan changes, and open space zon­ing in the Pro­posed Auck­land Uni­tary Plan.

“This role com­bines all the as­pects of plan­ning and pol­icy that I en­joy,” says Lucy. “I’m es­pe­cially en­joy­ing the strong RMA [Re­source Man­age­ment Act] focus at a higher level; it’s an op­por­tu­nity to im­prove en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes for the in­dus­try and the wider New Zealand com­mu­nity. I’m also pas­sion­ate about the hor­ti­cul­ture story, and love hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to sup­port it; food se­cu­rity and land use are fun­da­men­tal to New Zealand.

“Why we use the land, what for, and the de­ci­sion-mak­ing that goes into it; that’s what I’m all about.”

In her spare time, Lucy sticks to the land, with camp­ing, hik­ing, and run­ning be­ing her pas­sions.

“I’m less of a pro-run­ner and more of a pro-in­jurer,” she laughs. “Run­ning in Auck­land can be treach­er­ous.”

On oc­ca­sion, how­ever, Lucy leaves the land for the sea, sail­ing on her part­ner’s yacht.

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