Mark Ashby

Mark served as an elected director on the NZ Wind Energy Association Board for three terms from 2004 – 2007.  He is 4Sight's national Renewables Sector Lead, and manager of the company’s Wellington region.  He is an accredited and experienced RMA hearings commissioner / Chair.

His background in wind energy includes obtaining consent for NZ’s first commercial wind farm (Hau Nui) in 1995/1996, and major roles in acquiring consents for the Te Āpiti and Te Uku wind farms which have also been built.  Mark took the lead in consenting for the Long Gully wind farm, which was consented but not built, and the Titiokura wind farm (now part of Meridian’s Harapaki project).  As a previous employee of Aurecon, he also contributed to planning assessments of many other prospective wind farm sites around NZ.  All of Mark’s wind farm consent projects have required him to appear at Council hearings, and before the Environment Court in two cases.

Mark has prepared submissions on various planning documents on behalf of energy developers, seeking clearer and more relevant policies and rules. In 2003 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship which assisted him to travel internationally during 2004, researching how other jurisdictions addressed wind energy in planning documents.   His report on the research received a Resource Management Law Association award. Prior to and during his previous tenure as a NZWEA Board member, Mark presented on the subject of planning related to wind energy at various conferences and seminars throughout NZ.