Join us for a discussion on Regional Spatial Planning! You will gain new ideas, fresh perspectives, and new strategies that you can apply to your work.

Questions the panellists have been asked to consider are:

  • Why spatially plan at a regional level? What are the benefits of this approach?
  • How accurately can we plan for cities of the future 50 or 100 years from now?
  • What are the challenges coordinating across council(s) and Government?
  • Vision and Future Focus – how do we deal with a timeline that is new in the NZ planning system?
  • How can you plan when you know you’re going to get it wrong?
  • How do you take a long term plan and turn it into actionable outcomes?

Each panellist will provide their opinion on the topic followed by 25 minutes of Q&A.


  • Ernst Zollner; Kaiaki (Policy Director) at Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga – Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
    Ernst works across New Zealand on urban growth management partnerships and regional spatial plans. Ernst is an economist and urban planner with 30 years of experience in local government, central government, private sector and academia across New Zealand. Before joining the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development Ernst was the Director Auckland for the Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment, the Director Auckland & Northland for the NZ Transport Agency (where he also held the role as GM Strategy & Performance) and a Director at Auckland Transport.

  • Greer Oliver; Strategic planner and urban designer at Arup NZ
    Greer is passionate about working at the intersection of people, places and the future with a focus on how we shape place and space to respond to the changing needs of humans and the environment within our cities. She is a strategic thinker, taking a systems approach to the analysis, ideation and long-term outcomes of projects. Greer’s work is grounded in a passion for building better cities and exploring how insights derived from engagement, data and futures thinking can shape solutions that prioritise socially equitable outcomes and deliver innovative and sustainable solutions for the clients and communities that are involved. Greer recently supported in the development of the Hamilton Waikato Metropolitan Spatial Plan which included the strategic assessment of land use and transport options to support urban development for the next 100 years. The key focus for this was working through the complexities of comprehensive land development and intensification to deliver a range of quality housing options, transport access to housing and employment, and innovating through investment in infrastructure in order to achieve wider social, economic and environmental outcomes.

  • Ken Tremaine; Director of Ken Tremaine Consulting Limited, winner of 2 NZPI Distinguished Service award
    Ken has more than 40 years of professional experience in senior roles in local and central government, the private sector and was the sole representative of the planning profession appointed to the Upton Review Group in 1990, which completed the drafting of the RMA 1991 in its final form. He continues to be involved in Central Government policy and regulatory development and most recently prepared a presentation for the SmartGrowth partners on RMA reforms.

  • Matthew Paetz; Professional Teaching Fellow in Urban Planning at the University of Auckland
    Matthew's main focus is on plan-making, spatial planning and regulatory planning. In 2013, his work leading a project on medium-density housing policy in Adelaide received multiple awards from the Planning Institute of Australia. More recently, he led the development of the Proposed Queenstown District Plan, and coordinated QLDC’s input into the Otago Regional Policy Statement. He was an urban policy advisor at the Ministry for the Environment where his work focused on the National Policy Statement - Urban Development Capacity and Future Development Strategies.

With Joel Cayford - Senior Policy Advisor, Te Kokiringa Taumata | New Zealand Planning Institute sitting in as moderator/chair.

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