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About Us


At Allegrow, we are experienced environmental consultants who work on a range of farms, orchards and other businesses throughout the Bay of Plenty and Gisborne regions. We pride ourselves on not only being experts in our field, but we are also farmers and growers ourselves. With a wide range of backgrounds including dairy, dry stock and kiwifruit we provide a down to earth, no nonsense approach to environmental consultancy.

Contact Us

Tel: 021 378 308

82 Bridge Street


PO Box 171
Opotiki 3162


Lilian Harley (Sherman) environmental consultant

Lilian Harley

(BTech, CMEngNZ, CNMA)

Director | Environmental Consultant

For general enquires and estimates contact Lilian.

Lilian hails from sheep and beef country in the back blocks of Matawai but has migrated to the warmer climates of Opotiki.

Lilian has over seven years experience as an environmental consultant, specialising in resource consent applications, particularly for water. Lilian previously worked for Fonterra in a number of roles including providing technical support for resource consent applications, wastewater treatment and wastewater irrigation.

Lilian also has experience in catchment projects and farm environmental planning. She is a fully qualified user of OverseerFM and a Certified Nutrient Management Adviser.

Jan Spooner

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Business Administrator

Jan was born and raised in Gisborne and has over 15 years’ experience in Health and Safety and Administration, working for C3ltd Forestry and Waste management in Gisborne. In her role here, she worked closely with truck drivers and machinery operators.

Jan recently moved to Whanarua Bay with her Partner. She has three children and three grandchildren and her main interests are spending time with whānau, travelling, fishing and enjoying the rural lifestyle on the beautiful Coast.

Mel Brown

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Project Coordinator

Mel grew up in Tauranga but has lived and worked all over the place – including the UK for 6 years where she met her husband and had her first son. She has returned home to the Bay of Plenty, had a second son and is enjoying setting up her life in Ōpōtiki. She enjoys running and spending time at the beach or on walks with her family.

Mel has experience working as a Scheduling Manager, Executive Assistant and Strategic Projects Coordinator – in both the sales and not-for-profit sectors – also working as a qualified Sign Language Interpreter for over 10 years. Mel is looking forward to starting a new adventure working on projects in the environmental sphere.

Sue Clark Environmental Consultant

Sue Clark

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Environmental Consultant

Sue was born in Whakatane and has spent most of her time living in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. She enjoys the many outdoor opportunities it has to offer.

Sue previously worked at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council for seven years. This included time in the Consents Department so she brings consents processing knowledge to her Environmental Consultant role. During her time at the Regional Council she also helped administer the Environmental Enhancement Fund and the Ballance Farm Environment Awards, giving her more of an understanding of the rural sector and environmental sustainability in the region.

Jessica Hunter Environmental Consultant

Jessica Hunter

(NZCFor, DipBusSt, DipEnvTech)

Environmental Consultant

Jessica (Jess) was born in Seddon where her parents were sheep farmers. Whakatane has been Jess’s home for nearly 30 years, and she loves the natural environment and lifestyle that living in the beautiful Eastern Bay of Plenty offers.

She comes from a forestry technical and operational background and worked in the sector for over 20 years.

She has worked in local government at both District and Regional Council level before moving back into private industry where she was an Environmental Manager at a pulp and paper mill and more recently a dairy plant.

Jess has wide-ranging experience with dairy irrigation, water takes, earthworks, stormwater, air emissions, geothermal takes, wastewater treatment and land irrigation, as well as large industrial discharges.

Natalia Zefferino Environmental Consultant

Natalia Zefferino


Environmental Consultant

Natalia is originally from Uruguay, South America. She emigrated to New Zealand with her husband, Alvaro, in 2006. They have been dairy farming ever since, first in Taranaki, and for the last 5 years in the Bay of Plenty, primarily in the Pukehina area.

Back in Uruguay, Natalia worked as a consultant for dairy farmers and also has a sheep and beef background. She has specialized in Soil Nutrient Management and holds a Bachelor of Science.

Natalia loves spending time outdoors and being involved in the daily operations of the farm.