Meet your NZPI Conference speakers.

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. Please scroll down to view all of our keynote speaker profiles and read their presentation abstracts. We look forward to seeing you in the main plenary at the conference to hear from these insightful keynote speakers!

Conference MC

Jehan Casinader


Plenary & Breakout Sessions Speakers

Plenary & Breakout Sessions are 30min unless noted otherwise. For speaker details and presentation synopses please see the programme.

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Keynote Speakers

Richard Florida

University of Toronto

Laurie Johnson

California Earthquake Authority

Leslie Kern

Mount Allison University

Giles Perkins


Rachel Lawson


Dy Currie

Brisbane City Council

David Parker

Labour List MP

Jarrod Haar

Auckland University of Technology

Dr Te Maire Tau

University of Canterbury

Nancy MacDonald

Urban Places & Smart Cities

Tom Young


Sean Audain

Wellington City Council

Malcolm Smith

Australasian Cities Leader

For the full programme please see the below.

Full Programme