Kate is a Transportation Planner with 18 years’ experience in the private and public sectors, in both New Zealand and Australia. Kate has experience in development planning, walking and cycling planning and design, transport assessments, resource consents and travel demand management.
What made you decide to become a Transport Planner?
Transport Planning was an obvious choice for me after graduating with a geography degree. I enjoyed the analysis and spatial aspects to the job and the opportunities to incorporate GIS into transport projects. The challenge of traffic modelling was also a big drawcard to the transport planning world.
What did you do before joining Abley?
I worked for various transport consultancies in both NZ and Australia, doing transport planning with a passion for walking and cycling projects. In more recent years I worked across several teams at Auckland Transport.
What does a typical day in the office include?
In the Land Development team, we may see several projects in a day, either reviewing a resource consent for Council or assessing a new development. The days are made up of site visits, meetings with clients and head down at the desk, but always for interesting and varied jobs.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is coming up with transport solutions that result in good outcomes for both the developer and the Council. I also enjoy having an influence on the future growth in Auckland and seeing the developments I worked on being realised.
What’s been your career highlight so far?
In more recent years, my career highlight was moving into the resource consents/ development planning team at Auckland Transport. We were a small but strong team with a big job to do. It was a steep learning curve to serve the needs of all transport users and provide the infrastructure solutions to achieve this. I felt it nicely pulled together all my previous experience and more.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Doing something active in the outdoors, either biking, walking or swimming. I also spend a lot of time on the sidelines cheering on my son play a multitude of sports.