Lincoln University and Emerging Planners present the Masters of Planning Dissertation Evening

The following dissertations will be presented on this night: Legal Personhood of The Whanganui River:

  • To what extent has the Te Awa Tupua Act influenced decision making for activities that affect the Whanganui River

    Presented by
    : Emily Ireland.

    This dissertation identified changes in processes as a consequence of the Te Awa Tupua Act (enacted 2017) and explore any substantive considerations and outcomes of those making decisions within these new and already existing processes. As it is now four years into the implementation of the new legislation, issues that have occurred during the transition to the new status will be evaluated and analysed.

  • Strategic Spatial Planning in Aotearoa New Zealand: An Appraisal of Lessons Learned and What We Should Apply to Future Planning.

    Presented by:
    Annabelle Osbourne.

    With the introduction of the Strategic Planning Act looming, this research explores the potential of strategic spatial planning (SSP) in New Zealand by evaluating what has worked well and what has not. I use the Auckland Plan 2050 to provide lessons to take with us to ensure the success of future SSP both in New Zealand and overseas.

  • A critical exploration of community participation for a low emission development strategy using Just Transition Strategy in Just Transition Unit (JTU) Program in Taranaki, New Zealand.

    Presented by:
    Kestri Ariyanti.

    This study explores whether community participation in a ‘Just Transitions/Transition Management approach is different to business-as-usual collaborative planning. Just Taranaki is used as a case study of region transitioning to a low emission economy with, potentially, useful lessons for those considering adopting this approach.

  • The role of GIS in quantifying and qualifying public and private green space.

    Presented by:
    Joseph Azer

    Climate change adaptation and mitigation are becoming key policy and planning ambitions. Urban intensification is a key mitigation strategy as it is said to reduce CO2 emissions from private motor vehicles. This has implications for both public and private urban greenspace, both of which play a critical role in social and environmental well-being. This research explored the potential of various GIS analyses to assess the intensification solutions and their impacts.

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Friday 15th October.

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