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Karen Bell

Principal Planner & Technical Specialist

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Karen works to understand and assess infrastructure projects for any consent requirements, then identifies opportunities to reduce consenting risk while still achieving the client’s objectives and necessary permissions. She also helps clients develop responses to resource management policy changes.

The projects Karen’s involved with deliver necessary infrastructure for the community and environment, and she’s worked on a wide range of them, from consenting small culverts to replace dilapidated bridges, to securing land for high-tech, multi-modal freight hubs. And she’s always learning something new.

Her standout project is the Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path for pedestrians and cyclists. This transformational project is a 7-km-long path that connects Auckland’s eastern suburbs to the city centre and passes through a diverse range of environments, making it a challenging and exciting job.

Unlike some of her projects that can take years to deliver, Karen likes to use hedge clippers and a spade in the garden for an immediate transformation.

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