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

*** The 2020 Emerging Planners Congress & NZPI Conference has been postponed, full details here.

Registration Fee

​Early Bird

  • $tba (NZPI Student Members)

  • $tba (NZPI Emerging Planner Members)

  • $tba (Non-Member)


  • $tba (NZPI Emerging Planner Members)

  • $tba (Non-Member)

*Rates are GST exclusive

Click here to register.

Keep an eye on the EP Congress event page for updates.



2020 Programme

8.30 - 9.30  

10.00 - 10.30


10.30 - 11.15





11.15 - 11.45

11.45 - 12.30


12.30 - 1.00   



1.00 -1.45


1.45 - 2.45    

2.45 – 4.00  


4.00 – 4.30    



Powhiri at Whakatu Marae

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 – Rutherford foyer

Reducing Risk – What can planners do?

  • Emily Grace, Natural Hazards Planner, GNS Science

Navigating a planning career

  • Hamish Peacock, Environmental Planner, Jacobs NZ​

Why won’t Iwi answer my emails?

  • Courtney Bennett, Post-graduate student, University of Canterbury

Lunch – Rutherford foyer

Key Note Session


  • Crystal Legacy, Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne


Afternoon tea – Rutherford foyer
NZPI Conference Welcome Function – Founders Heritage Park



Click here to download a copy of the programme* 

*Please note that the programme is subject to change

Emerging Planners Congress Sponsors:


 New Zealand Planning Institute | +64 9 520 6277 | admin@planning.org.nz | www.planning.org.nz

Planning is a respected profession, essential to achieving a better New Zealand.

Emerging Planners Gold Sponsor

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