Te Kōkiringa Taumata | the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI), Board is responsible for the governance of NZPI, it consists of the Chair, Deputy Chair, Hon Secretary /Treasurer and 5 other Board Members. The Board has a regional representation to enable members throughout the country to have ready access to the Board. We encourage you to peruse the attached Board manual to gain an understanding of the role of the Board and its members.

The Board is ably supported by the Planning Advisory Committee (PAC). A recent introduction to NZPI's governance structure PAC is made up of representatives from each of NZPI's branches and NZPI's Special Interest Groups. PAC has proven to be an effective contact between individual members and the Board.

The NZPI Board meets at least four times during the course of a year.

The NZPI Board is elected every three years, typically in the first quarter of the calendar year.

The Board's term of office runs from the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting held immediately after its election for a period of no less than three years. The full Board meets at least quarterly to deal with matters of policy, strategic objectives and to debate significant issues concerning the profession.

To contact any of the Board members click here

Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) meet at least four times during the course of a year.

In 2011 NZPI Reviewed and Subsequently Revised its Governance Framework, Constitution and Regulations.

The new constitution and regulations came into effect in May 2012 and included the establishment of a Planning Advisory Committee. PAC is made up of :

  • The Chairs of all recognised NZPI branches
  • An Emerging Planner representative elected by the Emerging Planners membership
  • The Chairs of all Special Interest Groups recognised under Clause 25.1

PAC has been charged with the following responsibilities under clause 26.4 of the Constitution:

  • All PAC activities will align with the NZPI Strategic Plan and Constitution. PAC will be expected to contribute to the following NZPI activities and to advise the Board in the following areas:
  • Progress against Strategic Plan Objectives
  • Policy and submissions programme
  • Potential additions/revisions to the Strategic Plan
  • Potential issues through reports
  • Report /communicate to NZPI Board at least twice annually
  • Actively explore and determine what matters and issues are faced within the branches and advise the Board of what actions may be required

We are pleased to present the 2023 NZPI Annual Report.

2023 was an eventful year. It began with extreme weather events where so many of our members and their families were affected by extreme weather events across the North Island. The year ended with a change in government and a change in approach to reforming the legislative framework around New Zealand’s resource management system.

The 2023 Annual Report provides a comprehensive year in review, including the Institute’s full financial disclosure. We chose the quote used inside front cover of the annual report as a means of responding to the challenges we faced in 2023 and our aspirations for moving forward.

For more information on NZPI’s activities and results from 2023 please download the 2023 NZPI Annual Report below.

Download the 2023 Annual Report

For earlier reports, please visit our Document library.

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.


The Institute was incorporated on 22 December 1949. Te Kōkiringa Taumata was adopted as the official Māori title for the New Zealand Planning Institute® Incorporated in a constitutional change ratified by members in 2002.

The following narrative provides the basis for the Māori name:

  • The name is a composite of “kokiringa tai,” the gathering of the tides, and “taumata,” a vantage point or raised platform reflecting the notion of built structures. Taumata is also used to reflect the elevated perspective enabling a comprehensive and global view, incorporating the informed-insightful perspective borne of expertise and knowledge.
  • Te Kōkiringa reflected the natural process, in this instance using a marine idiom, but includes the inputs from the river and streams of the surrounding hinterland, so the natural merging of kith and kin guardians of environmental values, and development of a conducive and reciprocating built environment.

In 2001 the Institute was given a gift, a taonga by the people of Ngāi Tamarawaho, prior to the opening of the annual NZPI conference. This gift or mauri is sacred and each year mana whenua hand it over to the care of the new conference committee so that it can be used at the next NZPI conference. This handover signifies its role and symbolism in the sharing of knowledge.

We have gathered knowledge about the history of our mauri ...


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