Canterbury Earthquake – Offers of Assistance

The RMLA executive has resolved to donate $5,000.00 of its cash reserves to both the Canterbury Regional Council and the Christchurch City Council to be applied to purposes associated with planning a rebuild of the Christchurch City and as may involve (for example) the need for the commissioning of technical or other expert evaluation and advice.

We had seriously considered making a more general fund available for individual members affected by the earthquake but are constrained by our constitution from doing so.

RMLA would also like to facilitate ways in which either you or your firm might contribute expertise or advice in two areas:

• in planning the rebuild to either Christchurch City Council or Canterbury Regional Council on (for example) a discounted or pro bono basis; and/or
• professional support to RMA practitioners affected by the earthquake.

Any contributions or suggestions of that kind should be emailed to Karol Helmink so she can register this assistance on RMLA the website.

Finally, for this year’s conference and membership registration round, the Association will be inviting contributions from members which may be applied to more general public welfare purposes such as a donation to the Mayoral Fund in Christchurch, or the New Zealand Government Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Fund (or similar).



Ben Keet -My field of expertise is contaminated land – assessment and rehabilitation. My normal fee is $240.-/hour. I offer my service to ECAN and Christchurch City Council at 50% discount to carry out or coordinate projects for them.  Many sites where rebuilding will need to take place may very well be contaminated, think of the past use of gasworks waste as hardfill in the city centre. Christchurch environment will improve when these wastes are identified and removed before rebuilding takes place. With kind regards, Drs. Ben Keet FRSC, ph 021 117 1148; http://www.benkeet.com


Marshall Day Acoustics’ speciality is acoustics and noise control, and we believe there are real opportunities in re-planning the Christchurch CBD to consider issues such as how to create quiet green spaces, where to locate apartments, etc. Our input at the earliest possible stages of planning could assist Christchurch towards becoming an amazing city to live in. Marshall Day Acoustics would like to offer its services on a discounted or possibly pro-bono basis to help with planning a rebuild. Please contact Stuart Camp on tel: (3) 365-8455 (bus) or email stuart.camp@marshallday.co.nz.


Brian Waddell, Urbanista Limited – I am an Auckland planning consultant but also a planning witness for ECan/Greater Christchurch Councils in the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement Change 1, the future urban growth Change. We have been advised (understandably) that rebuttal evidence for this Change, which was due to be heard in the Environment Court in May, is on hold. I have a lot of experience in strategic urban planning, policy and research over the past 17 years of my career and over the past 6 months have gained a good understanding of the Greater Christchurch area. There are only 2 people in our consultancy so we have very little capacity to absorb all costs but I’d be happy to offer my services at 50% discounted rate with any initial meetings or advice free of charge. I hope this assists. For more information on our consultancy or me please view our website http://www.urbanista.co.nz. Regards, Brian Waddell, Director, Urbanista Limited


Jenny Hudson – I am prepared to donate my time and expertise if I can be of professional assistance in any capacity to the CCC or practitioners (including going to Christchurch if necessary).  Jenny Hudson, Tel (09) 415 7519, Mobile 021 626 330


ViaStrada (Nelson office) can offer planning and traffic services discounted (by negotiation) below our usual rates. Thanks, Tony Quickfall, tel: (3) 546-4256, email: tony@viastrada.co.nz

ViaStrada is happy to contribute expertise to CCC or ECAN in planning for the rebuild. We are able to provide discounted and pro bono services to a degree (depending on input required). Our expertise includes landuse/urban planning, traffic engineering and transport planning and environmental health (noise, glare, hazardous substances). Following September’s quake we’ve also developed specific experience in quake related recovery issues facing heritage buildings, CBD building development, large scale residential rebuilding (for group builders, insurance companies and project management companies), and flood management areas – all matters likely to be relevant to the rebuilding exercise. Jeremy Phillips, tel: (3) 943-0830; email: jeremy@viastrada.co.nz


Belinda Willis – I can offer my assistance as a Registered Land Surveyor – solo practitioner with all the necessary field and office equipment and expertise to carry out any land or building measurement, data capture or setout. Regards, Belinda Willis, Registered Land Surveyor, 027 676 8985


Ferguson Planning – What a good idea. We would like to add our name to the list of practitioners able to assist on whatever basis.  Kind regards, Chris Ferguson, Director | Ferguson Planning Ltd, p. 03 442 7157, m. 021 907 773


Anderson Lloyd Lawyers are up and running and able to help out our local colleagues. If you need assistance with any interim matters such as case management, commercial questions about your practice or even just a confidential sounding board we would be most happy to help. We have secured new premises at Birmingham Drive in Addington and we are currently in the process of arranging the necessary fit out. In the meantime thanks to Foodstuffs we have a temporary location at 171 Main North Road where we are well supplied with home baking from our other offices – you are welcome to call in for a coffee and a piece of cake! We also have a few people working out at Solid Energy’s offices thanks to their generosity. We are aware that a few people are struggling to access electronic data – if we have been working on a project with you we will likely have reports, draft evidence etc in electronic form so let us know if we can help in recreating files either temporarily or more permanently.

Mark Christensen – 027 487 8611
Jen Crawford – 027 436 6040
Lauren Semple – 027 220 1456
Stephen Christensen – 027 448 2325
Maree Baker – 027 295 4704
Michael Garbett – 027 668 9752