Civitas Ltd, t/a Civitas Planning Consultants

Civitas is led by Iain McManus who has practised as a planning consultant since 1995, initially at Connell Wagner, then Beca, now Civitas.

Iain is qualified with a Bachelor of Planning (1st Class Honours), a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Frontline Management.

He is a member of the NZ Planning Institute and Resource Management Law Association. Outside of planning, Iain is an active property investor and member of the Auckland Property Investors Association.

Our core services include:

  • Research into existing use rights;
  • Development potential and consent strategy advice;
  • Preparation of resource consent and outline plan applications;
  • Preparation of plan changes to facilitate major redevelopment proposals;
  • Preparation of submissions in support of, or opposition to, resource consent and plan change proposals;
  • Presentation of expert evidence at both council and Environment Court level;
  • Consultation with local communities and special interest groups; and
  • Coordination of multi-disciplinary teams.

We offer:

  • Strong project management skills;
  • A specialist development planning service;
  • Extensive experience in securing resource consents and private plan changes;
  • Positive relationships will allied professionals and council staff; and
  • Timely, reliable and personal service backed up by quality, comprehensive reports.


Our experience and focus on quality and communication help to minimise risk for our clients and deliver successful outcomes in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Phone: 093608656





Address: 28 Hamilton Road, Herne Bay Auckland Auckland 1011

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The Tenancy Practice Service and TPS Credit Control work closely with the Auckland Property Investors' Association. Our vision of bringing helpful resources, documents and high quality services to Auckland Property Investors and Property Managers is shared by APIA, so its a partnership that works well. 

The Auckland Property Investors' Association is a great organisation for those who want access to advice and information from a range of industry experts and partners. 

Mathieu Holt- Managing Director, The Tenancy Practice Service & TPS Credit Control
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All round it has been one of those things Neil and I felt was really worthwhile belonging to. We have learned so much it has just built our confidence in what we are doing.

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I find the information obtained from various APIA meetings very useful in guiding my own property investment and rental management.  I also enjoy the networking opportunities with like-minded investors.  I am inspired by other investors’ success and find the more experiences and knowledge that I share with others, the more confident I become.  

Thanks to all APIA event organizers and administrators for your brilliant work. 

Stella Shao

I like talking to people and learning from their experience because it gives me the confidence to invest well. I think it is a knowledge thing. I now know I am doing things the right way.

Stephen Weatherall

My APIA membership has become a total success.

Every time I attend a monthly or regional meeting I come away with so many useful and positive tips that have added value to my property investments and management.

Not only that, the website is a great place for practical advice and useful information. It has now evolved into an important resource for my business.

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