Planning Quarterly is one forum in which those who are working for better planning and planning related issues can be heard. We encourage you to let us know about your work, projects, theories & latest issues in planning.

Te Kokiringa Taumata | New Zealand Planning Institute publishes Planning Quarterly (PQ) four times a year.

PQ covers news and issues in planning in New Zealand and, occasionally, abroad. Each quarter, a “theme” is selected, and articles are intended to cover contemporary topics around that theme. However one or more articles on other topics of specific or general interest may be published in each issue.

If you are unsure about the relevance or level of interest in your proposed topic, please feel free to email us, describing what you have in mind and why you think it is important. You might discuss the sources of your information and describe your position on the issue, your experience in this area of planning practice, and how this will benefit the readers of PQ.

Your submission should generally be an article of up to 1,500 words in a Microsoft Word document without photos. You should include photos as separate, high resolution files, and you should include within the body of your article text any captions, credits, and file names. Tables and charts may be included in the file. Your article should cover issues in planning practice, including process and outcomes, to describe to readers how (or why) this was a successful planning approach. Feature articles are encouraged to focus on planning techniques, methods, or approaches and may be especially valuable where outcomes are compared with conventional approaches to solve problems. Articles that feature case studies, newsworthy events, book reviews, national or branch activities, viewpoint essays, and other types of articles are also welcomed.

Many articles, such as book reviews and news stories, can be as short as 500 words, but feature articles should approach 1,500 words. Your article should not be much longer than 1,500 words. Longer articles may be accepted, but PQ does have a page limit.

Please make sure that any final articles that are submitted have been reviewed by a colleague, and edited for grammar, content, and spelling.

  • A headline.
  • A brief introduction.
  • Cite any sources accurately.
  • Spell words the English and not American way (ie. Realise and not realize).

Only essential background details should be provided, but context, especially political and economic context, should be provided if relevant to the outcome.

Note - your article may be edited.

Photos, illustrations, graphs/tables all need to be 300dpi (6x6) If using a digital camera the shot needs to be taken in a large format with high resolution.

Please provide illustrations and their captions separately to the text article however, you will need to refer to the photos in the articles so the production editor knows where to position them in the journal. It is appreciated if people can provide at least one photo with their article.

  • Columns: Please provide the article without columns just straight text.
  • Tables: Please refer to them in the text and then put the tables in a separate word document.
  • Footnotes: Need to be at the base of the article not in the headers/footers section

While it is acceptable to reference individuals, companies, and government agencies that were a part of a planning process, please ensure that your article does not read like an advertorial for any one organisation (or more). Articles that read like a marketing promotion for an organisation will be asked to be re-edited or declined. Authors should avoid using excessive technical jargon. Articles should be clear, and the introduction to the article should explain its relevance to readers. Facts should be presented without excessive elaboration unless important to the discussion

IssueYearSubmission DeadlineTheme
> March (issue postponed to April 2022)202217th March 2022TBC
September202215 June 2022TBC
December202214 October 2022TBC

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