Who We Are

Carey Vivian

BRP(Hons), MNZPI RMLA Resource Management Planner / Director

Carey Vivian : BRP(Hons), MNZPI RMLA Resource Management Planner / Director

Carey has more than 25 years planning experience in both private practice and local government. Carey has had extensive experience in policy development (district plan review and plan changes), resource consent preparation and assessment, and project managing the planning process. Carey’s breadth of experience includes management of residential, commercial, urban, tourism, forestry and rural development, plus subdivision resource consent processes. Carey specialises in presenting expert evidence before hearing panels and the Environment Court on behalf of applicants, councils and submitters. Carey is a Full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute since April 2000 and a member of the Resource Management Law Association.

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Ben Espie

BA BLA(Hons) NZILA RMLA Landscape Planner / Director

Ben Espie : BA BLA(Hons) NZILA RMLA Landscape Planner / Director

Ben has more than 19 years landscape planning experience, including five years with Queenstown-based regulatory contractor Civic Corporation Limited as the principal of the Landscape Architecture Department. Ben has broad-ranging skills and experience in assessing landscape values and the effects of development on such values. His approach to landscape assessment is considered balanced by his peers, an important quality in a subjective and often controversial discipline. Ben has extensive experience as an expert before the Environment Court in advising on the landscape and amenity effects of a wide range of activities, ranging from large infrastructural projects to recreational activities and individual dwellings. Ben is a member, and past chairman, of the Southern Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects and also a member of the Resource Management Law Association.

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Blair Devlin

BA, MRRP (Dist), MNZPI Resource Management Planner / Director

Blair Devlin : BA, MRRP (Dist), MNZPI Resource Management Planner / Director

Blair has over 20 years’ experience as a resource management planner, working across private practice, local government and central government, in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. As a former Resource Consents Manager, Blair is well acquainted with the planning framework in the Queenstown Lakes District. He has a breadth of experience gained from managing a consent processing team dealing with over 1000 subdivision and land use consents a year, across all topic areas. Blair is also very familiar with Environment Court processes, having been responsible for looking after Resource Management Act appeals for Queenstown Lakes District Council, and was involved in resolving over 40 different appeals, as well as providing expert evidence to the Environment Court. His recent role as Planning Practice Manager at the Queenstown Lakes District Council has given him extensive experience in Special Housing Areas within the Queenstown Lakes district, utilising the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act.

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Jessica McKenzie

BLA(Hons), MLA, NZILA Landscape Planner

Jessica McKenzie : BLA(Hons), MLA, NZILA Landscape Planner

Jess has over five years’ experience in landscape architecture and planning with broad-ranging skills and experience having worked in both local government and private practice throughout New Zealand. Jess is the president of the Southern Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architecture.

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Tom McIntyre

Assoc. NZPI Planner

Tom McIntyre : Assoc. NZPI Planner

Tom has over three years’ experience working as a planner for local government, in both the Queenstown Lakes and, more recently, the United Kingdom (London Borough of Lewisham).
Tom became an Associate member of the New Zealand Planning Institution in 2018.
Tom now enjoys working with clients on their development projects and has successfully obtained consent for several visitor accommodation activities.
He has a particular interest in subdivision applications.
His local knowledge and experience with the Queenstown Lakes district plan means he can provide efficient and timely advice on the relevant rules and regulations.
Tom can also officially call himself a long time local having grown up in the Wakatipu.

Gabi Glory

BUrbPlan (Hons), Planner

Gabi Glory : BUrbPlan (Hons), Planner

Gabi is the newest addition to the vivian+espie team having previously worked for the Queenstown Lakes District Council for 3 years in both the Policy team and Resource Consents team.
Gabi has recently been involved in a wide range of resource consent projects, including multi-unit developments, rural subdivision, regional earthworks and discharge consents and outline plan of works.
Gabi is also pursuing a Post Graduate Diploma in Designed Environments to broaden her knowledge in the landscape field.

Carrie Whyte

BA Env.Geo & Archaeology, Assoc MNZPI Resource Management Planner

Carrie Whyte : BA Env.Geo & Archaeology, Assoc MNZPI Resource Management Planner

Carrie has over 14 years’ experience in resource management and statutory planning roles in both the private and government agency sectors in the Wakatipu region.

She has been involved in a wide range of projects in our District and has a particular interest in commercial tourism and recreational activities and rural residential developments. Carrie also has a strong passion for our local heritage and anything historical.

Carrie has a range of skills preparing local and regional consent and concession applications, recreation licences and permits.

She enjoys meeting with new clients and building strong working relationships.

As a local resident of 20 years she has a broad knowledge and understanding of our region.

Sue Slee

Office Manager

Sue Slee : Office Manager

Originally from the UK, but been enjoying the Queenstown lifestyle since November 2007, Sue joined the team at vivian+espie as Office Manager in April 2018. Prior to this Sue was Financial Controller and Human Resources Manager at another locally owned business for 11 years.

Her interests outside of work, apart from her family, are snowboarding and hitting the trails either on her mountain bike or running.

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