Christchurch Team

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Darryl Millar


Telephone: 03 962 1740
Mobile: 027 229 5555

Darryl has more than 30 years’ experience in planning and resource management, having worked in local authority and consultancy environments. 

During this time he has established a successful track record in statutory land use planning, resource consents, environmental impact assessment, district plan administration, policy formulation and analysis, and preparation and presentation of expert evidence. Darryl is also an accredited and practicing Hearing Commissioner, and has acted in a Commissioner role since 2001.

In the last 15 years Darryl has developed extensive experience as a planning/RMA project manager, having held leadership roles in large-scale capital development projects. Typically, this involves leading teams of technical experts in complex planning environments.. 

He has a proven record in stakeholder communication and client management, and works collaboratively with a range of disciplines involved in consenting processes and in strategic leadership decision making.

Outside of work Darryl’s sporting pastimes include Indoor Volleyball. Having competed at several World Masters Games, he is also a regular participant in local competitions

Graham Taylor


Telephone: 03 962 1739
Mobile: 027 231 5164

Graham has more than 25 years experience as a planner in the Wellington and Canterbury regions. Following experience with local authorities and consultancy in Lower Hutt and Christchurch, he teamed with Darryl and David to form RMG in 2001. 

Graham has extensive experience in land use planning and related fields including resource consents, subdivisions, designations, infrastructure, Reserves Act, Building Act, project management, policy, and local government processes, across a range of private, corporate and public sectors and industry groups. 

He is an experienced expert witness at Environment Court level, and is an accredited Hearings Commissioner. When not at work Graham can be found spending time with his family, or indulging his passion for mountain biking.

Joanne Pacey 

Consultant Planner

Telephone: 03 962 1801

Having completed her degree in Resource Studies at Lincoln University, and gaining valuable urban and environmental planning experience in Auckland and the United Kingdom, Joanne has now re-established herself in her hometown of Christchurch. 

Joanne enjoys working on many types of projects, finding that her previous work experience in Local and Regional Authorities gives her a rounded appreciation of expectations for development from both developers and councils.  

Having worked on a wide range of projects including retail and commercial developments, small and large scale subdivisions, and infrastructure and roading projects, Joanne has an understanding of the necessary planning requirements for development.


Teresa O’Neil 

Consultant Planner

Telephone: 03 903 5231

After completing a Bachelor of Science in geology, Teresa’s interest in resource management issues led her to pursue a career in planning. 

Teresa joined RMG in 2012 after working in Local Government in both the North and South Islands. Her main planning interests lie in subdivision developments, and her eye for detail is a valuable asset to any project. Teresa also enjoys natural hazards planning, incorporating her earth science background with her planning knowledge.


John Scheele 

Consultant Planner

Telephone: 03 961 0498

John gained a Bachelor of Environmental Management from Lincoln University and has practiced as a planner since 2005 before joining RMG in 2007.  

Having worked both as a consultant and as a local authority planner, John has experience in statutory and environmental planning including environmental effects assessment, consent processing, subdivisions, resolution of enforcement matters, public consultation, resource consent submissions and District Plan changes.  

Beyond work, John enjoys taking advantage of the number of golf courses that Canterbury has on offer.


Melanie Foote 

Consultant Planner

Telephone: 03 962 1738

After graduating from Lincoln University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Resource Studies and a Post Graduate Diploma, Melanie has over 12 years experience as a planner with both  local authorities and private consultancies in Queenstown, the UK and  Christchurch.

Melanie has a proven track record as a  planner, specialising in land use planning, resource consenting, subdivision, plan changes and project management. Melanie’s  experience with a wide range of clients across a range of sectors has enabled her to develop a great eye for the ‘big picture’ and to successfully project manage  projects with multiple consenting requirements.

Melanie is  also an experienced expert planning witness.

Outside work Melanie is a keen sportswoman who has completed the Coast to Coast and loves mountain biking and road cycling in between raising a young family.


Hamish Osborne 

Consultant Planner

Telephone: 03 962 1800

Hamish has over 17 years’ experience in all facets of resource management planning, having worked in private practice and central and local government roles across New Zealand and in the United Kingdom.

Hamish returns to RMG in 2017following a role with central government (CERA and DPMC) where he provided planning support to the Independent Hearings Panel for the Christchurch Replacement District Plan.

As a consultant, Hamish is pragmatic in finding solutions to development issues, having considerable experience in a wide variety of public and private sector projects, including private plan change and resource consent applications, district plan development, consent processing and presentation of reports and evidence at planning hearings.

Outside of work, Hamish describes himself as an active relaxer, when not enjoying time with his young family, Hamish is often in the mountains hunting and mountaineering. He also enjoys a craft beer or two.


Jenny Farmer

Accounts and Administration

Telephone: 03 903 5232

Jenny is our administration and accounts person. She joined RMG in 2005 after a 10 year break to raise a family having previously worked in accounts and salaries in various government departments. 

Drawing upon this experience Jenny provides strong support to all professional staff, while being a strong contact point for all clients.

In her leisure time Jenny is fully engaged with her active family and enjoys gardening.