About Us

Our team of planners and surveyors provides comprehensive land development advisory services to clients for a wide range of projects, from a basic visitor accommodation consent or boundary adjustment through to larger commercial developments, subdivisions and resorts.

Meet the John Edmonds and Associates Team

We are proud of the depth of our personal skill and the breadth of our collective expertise.

Through the years we have individually undertaken an immense range of jobs and projects, growing our knowledge each and every day.

Most of our directors and planners have previous experience working for councils, which provides sound insight into both the various issues and solutions facing our clients.

This insight can be quickly accessed by any one of our clients.

Planner – Director

John Edmonds


John started JEA in 2001 and has almost 30 years of experience in resource management. John has held senior management roles in territorial authorities and is a well-respected senior consultant. John managed the resource consent team at the Queenstown Lakes District Council for five years, establishing and implementing consent systems, procedures and structures.

John has lived in the Queenstown Lakes district for the past 24 years and is an active and recognised member of the community, serving as a trustee of the Queenstown Trails Trust.

John has been involved in numerous large scale and complex proposals leveraging multi disciplinary teams. He brings strategic oversight to projects which often involves critical thinking outside of traditional approaches. He has been involved in the preparation of the current and previous District Plans. John also has extensive experience appearing before Council hearings and the Environment Court and has convened and attended numerous public meetings and public consultation processes.

Planner – Director

Bridget Allen


With 15 years’ experience in planning and resource management Bridget has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and relishes the chance to put this experience to good use — since 2007 she has been here at JEA, bringing together the best possible team to deliver the right outcomes on a huge variety of proposals of different scale, type and complexity. Bridget common sense approach sees her recommending only those strategies that will work on the ground.
Bridget appreciates the incredible opportunities the local landscape provides for adventure away from the office, living in Arrowtown with her partner and three energetic sons, there’s always something on; skiing, water skiing, biking, “Anything sporty and fast” that she gets to share with her children.

Planner – Director

Jo Fyfe


Jo has over ten years of experience in resource management. She obtained this experience in the Queenstown Lakes District, Auckland and London, where she held team leader and project lead roles in territorial authorities and latterly worked as a senior consultant.

Jo led the resource consent team at the Queenstown Lakes District Council for almost two years. Prior to this, she was an integral part of a purpose-created project team for large Special Housing Area projects at Auckland Council where she worked collaboratively with Council and developers to expedite processes and consenting. Jo also has experience appearing before Council hearings and public consultations and meetings on behalf of council and her clients.

Jo can often be found tramping the trails around Wanaka or parked up with the caravan in a beautiful spot. Jo is also a keen snowboarder.

Planner – Director

James Aoake


James has been at JEA since 2015, during which time he has worked on a diverse range of projects including commercial recreational activities such as Flyboard/Segway/ Bike Tours together with subdivisions, land use consents (for rural dwellings, residential buildings, a golf course), and regional council consents.

His immediate family is based in Queenstown. He is a fifth-generation Southlander and a proud member of Ngati Hinerangi, an iwi based near Matamata and the Kaimai Ranges in the Waikato.

James sporting interests include basketball, rugby, touch, cricket, golf, sailing, and skiing.

Surveyor – Director

Craig Woodcock


Craig has extensive surveying experience gathered over 16 years in the profession. Craig thrives on being able to deliver projects successfully, within budget and on time. He does this through maintaining strong relationships with clients, contractors and consultants while ensuring the standards and appropriate codes are met. Craig has been responsible for the design and project management of multiple land development projects managing them from the first ‘sod turning’ through to the issuing of titles.

Craig enjoys what the Queenstown Lakes region has to offer, from the lakes and mountains to the wineries and growing craft beer industry. All this mixed in with racing around after his three kids keeps him pretty busy, but he would not have it any other way.


Hayley Mahon


Hayley is a former Property Lawyer having worked in Queenstown, Invercargill and London for several years. Hayley initially joined JEA Queenstown in 2017 for a year. After a further year as a Resource Management lawyer with a local firm, Hayley decided to re-join JEA in Wanaka in November 2019.

Hayley is the Central Otago NZPI Branch Secretary.

Hayley continues to progress her education studying for a Master of Resource and Environmental Planning while working full time.


Emma Ryder

Queenstown | Wanaka

Emma moved to Wanaka and joined JEA in September 2019. Before making the move down south, she was working as a planner at an RMA consultancy in Auckland. Emma manages other specialists during the delivery of her work — from Visitor Accommodation to Earthworks, regional, and QLDC applications, and multi unit developments including urban and rural sub divisions.

She enjoys skiing, and hiking and restoring midcentury furniture.

Emma has been involved in the Auckland Emerging Planners and is now involved with the Central Otago NZPI committee.