Harvey brings a strong inter-disciplinary and outcomes-based approach, and a proven track record of working with stakeholders and partners to develop enduring solutions to complex problems and opportunities. His approach blends together a unique combination of strategic thinking, applied science, performance excellence, public policy and industry development.
Since late 2015 Harvey’s main focus has been economic development in the Waikato, and he is now based in Hamilton. In 2015 he led the region’s economic development programme, and oversaw the design, funding and establishment of Te Waka – the region’s first economic development agency (EDA).
As the Chief Operating Officer for Te Waka, Harvey led a range of major projects, including the Southern Waikato Economic Action Plan, work on a cultural tourism cluster, and various industry development initiatives across the region.Before joining Te Waka, Harvey’s work focused on Auckland, including roles in both central and local government