Professionals

The professionals at SPG are dedicated to providing the best possible advice to clients.

The skills and experience are extensive and diverse. SPG works in a collaborative manner with a range of other professional disciplines and with statutory authorities. SPG takes great pride in adopting excellent communication on any given project.

Scott Freeman

Scott Freeman

Scott has over 18 years experience as a resource management planner. Scott started his planning career with the Queenstown Lakes District Council in 1997 and moved into private practice in 1999. Scott started Southern Planning Group in 2003.

Scott has worked for a range of private and public clients with highly varying development aspirations throughout the South Island. Such work has entailed a significant number of appearances as an expert witness in both Council and Environment Court hearings, for both consenting and policy planning matters.

Scott is based in our Queenstown office.

E: scott@southernplanning.co.nz
M: 021 335 998

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Sean Dent

Sean Dent

Sean Dent joined SPG in 2007 after previously working for the QLDC as a  resource consents planner and compliance officer and subsequently became a Director of SPG in 2017.

Sean has 14 years experience undertaking a variety of planning work at SPG for both private and public sector clients. The wide variety of planning work Sean undertakes includes obtaining various approvals throughout the South Island via the Resource Management Act 1991, the Conservation Act 1987 and the Land Act 1948 including DOC Concessions and LINZ Recreation Permits. Sean’s extensive and varied work streams have included a number of appearances as an expert witness in both Council and Environment Court hearings, for both consenting and policy planning matters.

Sean leads SPG’s Cromwell office and also services Queenstown and Wanaka.

E: sean@southernplanning.co.nz
M: 021 946 955

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Amanda Leith

Amanda Leith

Amanda has worked as a planner in both Queenstown and Western Australia and has over 13 years experience.

Amanda holds a Master of Regional and Resource Planning and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Otago and is a full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

Prior to joining SPG in January 2018, Amanda has worked in both the private sector and local government. Amanda has experience in policy planning including as a reporting officer for Queenstown Lakes District Council on residential zonings and definitions, and as an expert witness on behalf of submitters seeking re-zonings or amendments to proposed plans. Amanda also has extensive expertise in both resource consent preparation as a planning consultant as well as in the determination of resource consents while working in local government.

Amanda is based in our Queenstown office.

E: amanda@southernplanning.co.nz
M: 021 621 759

Caleb Tien

Caleb Tien

Caleb began his career as consents planner at the Queenstown Lakes District Council where he spent over three years, before joining the SPG team at the start of 2019.

Caleb is very experienced within the Queenstown Lakes District, and has worked on a number of commercial, residential, and rural developments in Wanaka and Queenstown, as well as being heavily involved with temporary events and heritage applications. Having worked as a planner in Queenstown during one of the largest periods of growth the town has seen, Caleb is well versed with the local planning context and the unique challenges of the district.

Caleb is based in our Queenstown office.

E: caleb@southernplanning.co.nz
M: 021 711 616

Jake Woodward

Jake Woodward

Jake Woodward commenced his resource management career as a graduate at Auckland Council followed by two years as a processing planner with the Queenstown Lakes District Council. Following on from public service, Jake has subsequently spent time as a planning consultant based in Central Otago and joined SPG in 2018.

Jake has considerable experience with the approval and processing of large scale residential subdivisions and complex land use consents. With Jake’s wide ranging public and private resource management experience and sound understanding of the regulatory environment in Central Otago he is a great asset to SPG’s Cromwell office.

While primarily based in Cromwell, Jake also services Queenstown and Wanaka.

E: jake@southernplanning.co.nz
M: 022 315 8370



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PH: 03 409 0140

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PH: 021 946 955

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