ViaStrada is pleased to announce that Esther Sassenburg has joined the Nelson office as senior Transport Planner in a part-time role. Esther recently moved to Nelson, and joins ViaStrada with a strong transport planning background in private consultancies and local government. Her work experience includes land use planning, urban planning and transport planning, and she has covered various projects from small up to the large and complex. She has worked in New Zealand, the Solomon Islands, Mexico, the Maldives and the Netherlands, where she was in a senior role at Rotterdam City Council. Esther also has a certificate in Architecture and Urban Design. Being Dutch, Esther is a keen cyclist for commuting and recreational cycling. She has worked in the field of cycle planning in New Zealand and the Netherlands. Her multiple skills will be a valuable addition to the Nelson office, and we welcome her to "team ViaStrada".
Also on staff updates, Adele Burbidge, Nelson's part-time graduate planner, has taken up the opportunity of a full-time position with Nelson City Council. Adele made a very positive contribution to the Nelson office, and she leaves with our best wishes and full support.