Many of the advances in the planning have come from research by students and academics. In support of this important leading edge work NZPI offers a range of scholarship and research grants which are awarded at the NZPI Conference.

The Reginald Hammond Scholarship will be awarded annually for the final year of study for an accredited planning degree at the undergraduate or post-graduate level in New Zealand. The planning degree must be recognised as an Accredited degree in the year in which the application is made. The applicant must be a New Zealand citizen or have permanent resident status in New Zealand. The scholarship has a value of $4,000 which will be paid in April/May of the year in which the Award is held.

  • The award of the scholarship will be determined by the Awards Committee who will be guided by the following considerations:
  • The academic achievement of the candidate which will be determined by reference to their academic transcript.
  • The financial circumstances of the candidate, and
  • The recommendation of two (2) referees, one of whom must have taught or supervised the candidate.

The scholarship will be formally presented at the annual conference.

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The New Zealand Planning Institute Robert Kennedy Planning Grant shall be made from time to time, but no more than annually. Open to any member(s) of the Institute, it awarded in recognition of excellence in research that achieves a world-class level of success. Success is exemplified by dissemination of a significant body and depth of work, through peer reviewed publications in international journals, or books, of high repute.

The grant is open to joint research projects. The grant has a value of $2,000 which will be paid in April/May of the year in which the grant is awarded.

The criteria:

Applicants for this grant must provide -

  • A full CV covering their career
  • Copies of three pieces of work that demonstrate excellence in research that achieves a world-class level of success

The grant will be formally presented at the 2020 Annual Conference in Nelson.

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Robert Kennedy - the first professor of town planning at the University of Auckland who was central in establishing university based education for planning.

The New Zealand Planning Institute Wallace Ross Graduate Research Award shall be made from time to time to any member(s) of the Institute in recognition of excellence in research that advances planning practice, process and theory. The award includes a financial contribution of $1500.

The Awards Committee will consider if the nominee has:

  • Completed research which adds to the canon of scholarship on planning in New Zealand; and/or
  • Demonstrated and/or investigated improvements and enhancements in the practice of planning.

Eligibility:

  • The applicant(s) must be an NZPI member(s)
  • The applicant(s) must be a New Zealand citizen(s) or have permanent resident status in New Zealand


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Supported by WSP and NZPI, the Papa Pounamu Whakatutukitanga Scholarship is awarded annually to a student studying an NZPI accredited planning degree at the undergraduate or post-graduate level. It recognises excellence and attainment by a student planner involved in Maori planning in an environmental framework.

It considers a student's academic and physical work and how that work might impact or change the understanding or practice of planning in New Zealand.

The scholarship has a value of $2,000 which will be paid in April/May of the year in which the scholarship is awarded. The scholarship recipient will also receive up to 10 weeks' holiday work experience at WSP. The exact location is to be confirmed at the time of work between the recipient and WSP.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants for this scholarship must be enrolled to study in an NZPI accredited undergraduate or post-graduate degree.
  • The planning degree must be recognised as an accredited degree in the year in which the application is made.
  • The applicant must be an NZPI member
  • The applicant must be a member of Papa Pounamu
  • The applicant must be of Maori descent.

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