Vishal has 12 years of experience in preparing and processing resource consents, notices of requirement and plan changes across New Zealand. He has also undertaken volunteer and research work within the Pacific Islands. Vishal values and welcomes cultural world views in his work.
Vishal works for Babbage Consultants Limited as the planning lead for the North Island. Vishal has worked for local authorities, infrastructure providers and private consultancies in senior and principal roles. The combined experience from which provides him with detailed understanding of policy development, plan implementation and governmental processes. His experience extends to working with mana whenua groups, stakeholder and communities from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Vishal is a Full Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute who has been active and passionate about voicing the Pacifika planning professionals views and values in New Zealand and within the Pacific Islands. Vishal was on the organising committee of the “Sustainability in the Pacific Conference 2016” held in Fiji, which tabled environmental, economic, social, cultural and climate change issues to the conference forum in the Pacific context.
Vishal runs a LinkedIn group for Pacifika Professionals connecting professionals within the Pacific. The group provides a forum for discussions, raising issues and networking, which continues to grow. He also undertakes coaching, mentoring and volunteer work within Auckland and in the Pacific.
Vishal joined Papa Pounamu at its launch in 2015. He is now the primary contact for progressing Pacific initiatives, views and values at the Papa Pounamu committee.