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Our next NZPI Conference will be in Waihōpai Invercargill and our southern-most city is ready to play host on 26 – 28 March, 2025. Conference happens just once a year and it’s time to save the date.

NZPIC25 will be about how as a profession we weather the change ahead. We’ll be delving deep into what planning looks like and what the tailwinds are to take us further. With Conference based in a community built from rural origins, and a city at the doorstep of our magnificent conservation estate, one of our streams will focus on creating resilient natural and rural environments. Heritage is another feature of Invercargill, a city that has recently transformed its heart, while maintaining its built heritage. At NZPIC25 we’ll be talking about reimagining and enhancing our regional built environments. Conference will look forward at our place in a new digital era and being resilient through RM reform, which we expect will be high on the Government's agenda in March 2025.

In the coming weeks we’ll be announcing keynote speakers and the inspirational conversations that NZPIC25 will bring.

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Let’s take a closer look at our Sub-themes to understand how we can plan to weather the multitude of changes the planning profession is facing and turn them into opportunities that will result in better outcomes and a stronger future for Aotearoa New Zealand.

In the face of unprecedented and ongoing changes to our physical, economic and political environments, it is imperative to cultivate resilience in not just our urban and built environments, but our natural and rural environments as well.

Innovative solutions will be needed to safeguard the sustainability and vitality of our natural and rural environment against the formidable challenges we face from climate change, exacerbated weather extremes and subsequent natural hazard events, tourism growth and near constant legislative reform.

How do we strike the right balance between enacting regulatory reform and driving other community led and collaborative approaches needed to foster that innovation in nature and ensure that planning processes remain agile and responsive to evolving challenges and changes?

How can we foster partnerships and leverage local knowledge so that communities can work together to develop holistic, context-specific solutions that reflect the diverse needs and values of stakeholders?

As our nation’s main centres continue to grow and planning professionals and communities as a whole work hard to respond to the challenges this growth brings, the plight of the smaller towns and cities beyond these major urban areas can sometimes be forgotten. But people living in the country’s regions deserve high quality built environments too, right? So how does urban design apply to the provinces?

Sustainable built development in these areas can be challenging. Small population bases and a lack of financial resources, for example, can make any meaningful change in these smaller urban environments difficult to achieve. How do we support the regions to design appropriately scaled urban spaces that are attractive, functional, sustainable and affordable? How can we ensure that residents of provincial areas have access to high-quality built environments that meet their needs and aspirations and that provide the same opportunities their big city counterparts benefit from, if not more?

We want to explore the notion that all communities, regardless of size or location, deserve vibrant and resilient urban places and spaces that enhance quality of life, protect existing character and historic heritage, provide viable alternatives to the way people live, work and get around, and promote economic vitality. Through innovative planning and design approaches, can we reimagine regional built environments to be inclusive, accessible, and responsive to the unique context and character of each place, including confronting the realities of climate change and rebuilding post natural hazard events?

In an increasingly digital world, the practice of environmental planning is undergoing profound transformations. From online platforms to AI-driven tools, technology has become integral to how planning practitioners engage with their work and interact with communities. However, amidst this digital revolution, the importance of meaningful relationships between practitioners, politicians, and communities remains paramount.

How we can harness the power of technology to not only retain, but also enhance these vital relationships? As we navigate the complexities of the new digital era, how can we leverage technology to facilitate more inclusive and collaborative planning processes that actively involve a broad range of stakeholders at every stage?

How can AI-driven tools and algorithms help us analyse data, model scenarios, and make informed decisions? What impact will AI have on the important conversations that need to happen between practitioners, politicians, and communities? And critically, how do we ensure that AI remains a tool for enhancing human judgment rather than replacing it?

Amidst the proliferation of digital tools and platforms, questions arise about the future of planning and the role of planners. Will we still need planners in a world where technology can do much of the work for us? How must the role of planners evolve in the digital age in order to ensure the unique skills and expertise they bring to the table remain relevant and add value? And how do we strike the right balance between digital and in-person engagement to ensure that planning processes are truly participatory and inclusive?

As another phase of RM reforms sweeps across the country, planners will need to keep working hard to ensure they’re in the best position to be able to weather the changes.

This sub theme will focus on the latest key updates and analysis on what is expected from the reforms and allow delegates to hear the insights from a broad range of perspectives as to the implications the reforms will have on the work planners do, and the way we do it.


Thinking of attending NZPIC25? NZPI has negotiated special conference room rates with the hotels in Invercargill. March is a particularly busy month for accommodation providers in Invercargill, with two other major events already locked in that month. We recommend you get in quick and book your accommodation now. See below for full details.


Flights & Transport

Always wanted the opportunity to explore Southland? Here's your excuse. Invercargill Airport greets flights from the big centres every day, with Air NZ offering direct flights from Auckland in just over 2 hours. There are excellent deals to be had so book flights early. Add a few days on and turn conference into a Southland adventure or fly into Queenstown or Dunedin as your first destination and drive.

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2024 Virtual Lobby

The 2024 Conference may be over, but you can still take part by watching all sessions on-demand via our Virtual Lobby, full details below.

2024 Conference On-Demand