Orchid Atimalala, Trustee
Orchid is a trained Urban Planner (University of Auckland) of some close to 30 years’ experience in Aotearoa NZ, Australia and Samoa. Throughout her professional career, she has accrued a passion for and a strong set of skills in strategic planning, policy analysis, RMA/Public Works Act/Local Government Act application, transformational community development, project management and relationship management.
Of American Samoan heritage and NZ citizenship, Orchid’s experience of nearly years has been broad – in local (district and region) and central government, private consultancy and in her own consultancy. Orchid is currently Principal Advisor within the Ministry of Education (a national role based in Auckland, in the Property & Infrastructure Delivery Team), and is engaged at the political, community and network levels. Orchid is also a trusted source (Subject Matter Expert) of Resource Management Act and related estate legislation framework for achieving the best urban and natural environments planning outcomes (particularly in relation to growth) within the Ministry.