An NZPI Fellow is the highest professional membership grade offered by the Institute. You must have made a major personal contribution to the planning profession for the benefit of the public and have been a Full Member for not less than 10 years to be considered.

Fellows use the designation F.NZPI.

Why Join

  • Most exclusive qualification NZPI offers – join the 1% of members who are in this class.
  • Make your legacy – join past Chairs, leading academics and directors across both public, academic and private sectors.
  • Use the post-nominals FNZPI and logo to showcase your knowledge and expertise.
  • Influence the industries direction and planning issues with national recognition.

See Benefits of Membership for more.

The NZPI Board may from time to time offer invitations or accept nominations for persons to become a Fellow, a Life Fellow or an Honorary Fellow of the Institute.

In order to be considered, the member must:

  • Have been a Full Member for not less than 10 years
  • During the immediately preceding 10 years the candidate’s principal occupation shall have been in the planning profession, of which at least 5 years shall have been in a supervisory capacity whereby the candidate was responsible for planning work undertaken by others
  • The candidate will have rendered conspicuous service to the planning profession. Such service may include involvement with the Institute, contributions to planning education, promotion of the planning profession to the wider community, including by the presentation of papers or the preparation of publications, or representation of the profession in Government, non Government, or community bodies or forums.

To nominate a planner for consideration, please contact the NZPI Board at

All Fellow members are required to undertake Continuing Professional Development in order to maintain their membership status.

Fellow members will be asked to complete 25 hours of CPD per annum. In addition, Fellow members are requested, over a rolling three-year period, to refresh their understanding of ethics specific to planners as well as planning from a Maori perspective. By securing no less than 1 CPD point per topic over a three-year period, this demonstration may be in the form of attendance at an educational or training event or via an informal or formal learning opportunity.

For further information regarding CPD requirements for Fellow members see below.


The annual membership fee is $485 (inc. GST)

Payment is not required at the time of application, an invoice will be sent if your application is approved. Our financial year is from January to December. Those who join during the year will be invoiced on a pro-rata basis (covering from the month joined to December).

An annual invoice will be sent out in mid-January.

The NZPI Constitution is the Foundation Document of NZPI and Provides the Governance Framework for all NZPI Activities.

The Constitution is supplemented by the NZPI Regulations. Both documents are current and have been the subject of review and amendments in the past 12 months.

Download the NZPI Constitution and Regulations

Benefits of Membership

Becoming a member of the NZPI will enhance your career and empower your professional development.

CPD Requirements

All members of NZPI make a commitment through the Code of Ethics to maintain and develop their expertise through ongoing CPD.