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Traverse Environmental was formed in 2019 by senior environmental planning professionals with a passion for working with people and developing solutions to complex challenges.

Based in Taupō in the central North Island, we assist local government, Iwi and private sector clients by providing guidance on a broad range of projects – from small resource consent applications to community and stakeholder engagement, strategic planning processes and large-scale infrastructure projects.

We have experience in natural hazards planning, project management, freshwater/wastewater management, resource consenting, district and regional planning, designations, stakeholder engagement and policy development. We also offer mediation and facilitation services.

We are specialist environmental planners and project managers. We are at our best when immersed in projects with our clients, partnering with them and their stakeholders to find balanced and enduring solutions. To ensure we reach the best outcomes, we tailor our approach according to the aspirations, constraints, timeframes and realities of each project.

We have highlighted our key specialist areas below. Please get in touch if you have any questions about what we do and how we might be able to assist with your project.


Managing Director and Principal Planner

Simon is the founding director and Principal Planner of Traverse Environmental with over 15 years’ experience in the environmental planning sector.

Simon Bendall



Dr. Olivier Ausseil is a Director at Traverse Environmental and Founding Director & Principal Scientist at Aquanet Consulting Ltd.


Senior Environmental Planner

Deborah has worked as a planning consultant since 2015, following 10 years working in various planning roles at local authorities.

Deborah Kissick



Rachel is a full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute and has broad experience in environmental planning and policy.

Rachel Helme


We are based in Taupō, New Zealand. Our central location allows us to support clients nation-wide.

For general enquires, questions about our services or initial advice for your project, please use the form below and one our specialist planners will be in touch.