About Terra Nova Planning

Focused planning

We believe that good planning should create places that allow people to live the way they aspire to, but at the same time respecting and enhancing the environment, and sustainably managing all resources for future generations.

Planning management

We recognise and actively pursue the principle that people should have a choice of living environments to suit their changing lifestyle , social and family needs over time. These important objectives are sometimes overlooked with conventional planning activity and zoning approaches.

Best practice

Our aim is to deliver top quality design-led solutions. Our senior planning and graphic design team is highly skilled and focused on achieving best practice outcomes for our clients in resource management and planning processes, whatever the scale and nature of the project.

Our team

Shane Hartley

Principal Planner and Director

Shane co-founded Terra Nova Planning in 2001 and is the Principal Planner and sole Director.

Shane has over 35 years planning experience, initially with the Rodney District Council for almost 20 years, where he held a number of positions, including Planning Manager. At both the Rodney District Council, and in private practice since 1999, Shane has been extensively involved with district plan changes, private plan changes, development strategies, regional policy statements and plans, structure plans, land use and subdivision resource consents, submissions to Plans and applications, and evidence presentation at both Council Hearings and the Environment Court.

He also has extensive multi-disciplinary project experience leading both large and small scale resource consents which Terra Nova has undertaken for a variety of individuals and development companies.

Away from work, Shane enjoys motorcycling (especially touring), road cycling, mountain biking, yachting, and photography. He spends his time equally between Gulf Harbour and Mangawhai Village.

Lance Hessell

Senior Planner

Lance has extensive planning experience - intially with local councils, and latterly as a planning consultant. He has been with Terra Nova for over 10 years and has wide and varied experience in most consenting areas, including rural and urban subdivisions and site development proposals.

Mark Bellingham

Senior Planner

Mark’s road to planning is different to that of many planners – environmental and conservation planning in private practice and NGOs, lecturing at Auckland and Massey University’ Planning schools and a long stint as Forest and Bird’s Senior Planner and Conservation Manager. He has extensive experience in District and Regional Planning, Rural Planning, Conservation Planning, Threatened Species Planning, Park Management Planning, and as an Expert witness at the Environment Court.

Bianca Markham


Bianca has been at Terra Nova since 2013, following the completion of a Bachelor of Science and Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management at the University of Auckland. She has been active with resource consenting, and Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan submission processes.

Bianca also has a strong interest in urban living and culture, and environmental sustainability concepts, and travels extensively to gain wider understanding and experience in these areas.

Johanna (Jo) Taylor

Environmental Scientist/Planner

Jo has recently joined Terra Nova as an Environmental Scientist/Planner. She has experience in a range of environmental disciplines particularly environmental management, ecology, industrial and trade sites, contaminated land, water quality and sustainability.  Jo has also been involved in many planning projects, including applications for global consents.  As part of her global consent work, she has developed environmental management plans that assist clients with streamlining works and achieving regulatory compliance.  Jo has worked in Council and in consultancy, and is a Certified Environmental Practitioner.

Away from work, Jo relaxes with her family and spends any spare time gardening, boating and scuba diving.