This is an important opportunity for members to hear and to challenge the planning system reform policies of New Zealand’s main political parties.  It will be chaired by Bernard Hickey, and convened at the final plenary session of NZPI’s Annual Conference.

Time:  Thursday 6th April, NZPI Political Forum starts at 5:15pm, finishes at 6:30.
Venue: Wellington, TSB Arena

Purpose of Political Forum: 

  • Because it’s election year,

  • Because major interventions into NZ’s planning systems are proposed or in train (Resource Legislation Amendment Act; NPS on Urban Development Capacity; Productivity Commission’s proposed new Urban Planning Framework; proposals for empowered Urban Development Authorities),

  • Because of the importance of planning issues (population growth; infrastructure constraints; fresh water quality; earthquake resilience; housing affordability), and

  • Because NZPI’s 2,500 members work at this planning coalface as policy analysts, planners, and managers in public and private sector workplaces throughout New Zealand ...

... NZPI is holding a Political Forum at our Annual Conference (attended by 600+) so that members can compare and contrast and question the relevant policies of New Zealand’s National, Labour, Greens, New First and Maori political parties.

Each speaker has been asked to provide an 8 minute presentation and to take questions from the floor. This is a significant event in New Zealand’s planning calendar. The next New Zealand Government will be required to make and confirm important changes to our planning system.


Confirmed speakers:    Phil Twyford – Labour Party, David Parker – Labour Party, Scott Simpson – National Party, Denis O’Rourke – NZ First Party, Eugenie Sage – The Green Party, Marama Fox – Maori Party


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