19 - 21 April 2023, Hīkina te Mānuka – Rise Up to the Challenges.

Te Pae Convention Centre.

NZPI calls on planners and allied professionals and invites them to the NZPI conference in Ōtautahi - Christchurch.

As we plan for our future, we face numerous challenges common to communities elsewhere in New Zealand and overseas. The conference will consider how we best to rise up to the challenges, whether past, present or new, that we face in our environment, for our founding and increasingly diverse communities and future generations in ways which meet our common values and different needs. It will explore the role that planners and policy-makers play in identifying how we can achieve transformative change, consider what factors are fundamental to making that a success and whether we have the knowledge and skills necessary. This conference will challenge planners and policy makers to fully understand what is at stake within New Zealand, the Pacific and globally.

Will you hīkina te mānuka?
Will you rise up to the challenges?

Conference Theme

Hīkina te Mānuka
Rise up to the Challenges

Whether past, present or new, there are a wide range of challenges facing our environment, our founding and increasingly diverse communities' and future generations, and our profession as a whole. How do we, as planners, use our skills to rise up to these challenges in ways that honour Aotearoa New Zealand's common values, and respect our different needs, for the benefit of us and our children after us?

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Raise the Flag

What could an Aotearoa-specific planning system look like?

Our profession is in the midst of major resource management reform. How might we take this opportunity to shape our new system in a way that better balances competing priorities for better outcomes? New Zealand is also striving to be a truly bi-cultural nation. What might a Te Tiriti-centred planning system look like going forward? Finally, how can we as planners adapt to these major changes, whilst look after our wellbeing?

Eke Panuku
Rise to the Occasion

How do we support and shape our urban and natural environments in the context of competing priorities, perspectives, and processes?

In these times of housing unaffordability, increasing intensification, and pressure on infrastructure, planning expertise is more important than ever. How can our profession contribute to addressing these issues? Master planning, the proposed Spatial Planning Act, and mātauranga Māori are just some of the tools we have. How might we use these, and other methods, such as technology, to tackle topical issues, and improve community and environmental well-being in a practical and equitable way?

Kia Manawaroa
Raise the Stakes

How are we planning for climate change and increasing natural hazard risks, and how can we build more resilient communities along the way?

Temperatures are rising, and natural hazard risk is increasing - along with the associated risks and costs for on individuals and communities. What strategies and tools can we revive from the past or design in the future to help us address these urgent issues? The Canterbury earthquake experiences have also taught us valuable lessons about resilience and regeneration. How do we take these lessons and apply them to climate-related issues such as managed retreat and urban renewal?


We are excited to bring you an amazing line up of speakers for our conference in Ōtautahi - Christchurch!

Our speakers have been carefully chosen to bring you new insight and perspective on the conference themes and how they relate to the Planning industry.

There is a fantastic mix of international and local keynote speakers to hear from and we are sure that all attendees will be inspired.

We look forward to seeing you in the main plenary at the conference to hear from these insightful keynote speakers!

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