Emerging Planners Congress

Wednesday 24th March

The Emerging Planners Congress is the pre-eminent annual professional development event organised by and for emerging planners in New Zealand.



Registration includes: Entry to Emerging Planners congress incl. lunch and refreshments, entry to the Emerging Planners social function.
Full conference incl. Welcome & Awards function and gala dinner,  social functions and field trips are separate registration fees.  


$100 (NZPI Student Members)

$150 (NZPI Emerging Planner Members)

$175 (Non-Member)

*Rates are GST exclusive






8.30am - 9.30am  


10.00am - 10.10am


10.10am - 11.15am





11.15am - 11.45am

11.45am - 12.35pm



12.35pm - 1.45pm   


1.45pm - 2.45pm    

2.45pm – 2.50pm  


2.50pm - 3.20pm



3.20pm – 3.50pm  

3.50pm - 4.00pm


5.00pm - 7.00pm


Buses depart Rutherford Hotel for Whakatū Marae


Pōwhiri at Whakatu Marae


Buses depart Whakatū Marae for Rutherford Hotel 


Introduction and Official Welcomes – David Curtis, NZPI CEO


Workshop – An interactive session with emerging planners: The role and value of urban design to planners

  • Lee Beattie, Urban Designer, Urban Planner and Independent Hearing Commissioner

  • Ian Munro, Independent Urban Planning & Design Consultant

Morning tea – Waimea foyer, Rutherford Hotel

Navigating a planning career

  • Hamish Peacock – Technical Director – RMA Planning

  • Pattle Delamore Partners LTD

How Waka Kotahi is responding to some of Aotearoa’s biggest challenges


  • Claire Pascoe –Lead Advisor Urban Transformation – Waka Kotahi


Lunch – Waimea foyer, Rutherford Hotel

Aotearoa Pacific Planners Forum – Vishal Chandra

(joining Papa Pounamu Hui)


Assessing The Quality of Engagement - ​Courtney Bennett (joining Papa Pounamu Hui)


Reducing Risk – What can planners do? - Emily Grace – QLDC


Hui wrap up

NZPI Conference Welcome Function – Rutherford Hotel

Emerging Planners Social Function - Heritage Planning Tour of Nelson, ending at Mama Cod for refreshments

​*Please note that the programme is subject to change

Thank you to our Emerging Planners Congress Sponsors:


Emerging Planners Gold Sponsor


Emerging Planners MC Sponsors

Boffa Miskell
Boffa Miskell

Emerging Planners lunch & refreshments sponsor

Eighty4 Recruitment
Eighty4 Recruitment

Social Function Sponsor