Joe Henehan

Environmental Planner (Consents), Whangarei Council - Whangarei, New Zealand

Key Info

  • Bachelor of Environmental Planning
  • Environmental Planning
  • Public Policy

Joe Henehan chose to study at Waikato because he wanted somewhere close to home, but away from the hustle and bustle of Auckland.

After originally enrolling in a Social Sciences degree, Joe transferred to a Bachelor of Environmental Planning (BEP), specialising in Public Policy and the Environment – a new degree offered at the time.

“The BEP is accredited by the New Zealand Planning Institute which means that it’s up there with the best planning degrees in the country.”

As an Environmental Planner (Consents) for the Whangarei Council, Joe’s job involves processing a wide range of resource consents.

“It also involves a lot of travelling out to sites to sort out any issues, then compiling everything to decide whether the proposal should be granted or not. I also provide a lot of advice to the public and other professionals.”

I could not have walked into a job like this without the degree I chose. I started searching for a job in the Planning field straight after university, and nailed down some part-time work at the council, which a few months later turned into full time work.

“Looking back on my time I would say, work smarter not harder, get out of bed and go to your early classes and start your assignments early. I wish someone had told me that before I started!”

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