2024 NZPI CONFERENCE PRESENTATION
SESSION: Thursday 21st March, 4:40pm - 5:10pm
PRESENTED BY: Vanessa Honore, Ben Petch & Kirsty Downey
In 2020 Waipā District Council began work on Ahu Ake, Waipā's Community Spatial Plan, a plan about securing a desired future for the district, its places and communities. The process saw Council better connect with residents and build stronger partnerships with Mana Whenua.
As resource management, water and local government reform takes many planning decisions to a regional scale and reshapes the role of councils, plans like Ahu Ake are a way communities can respond and advocate for their places so that a regionalised planning system doesn't overshadow local voice and place shaping.
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See websites https://www.ahuakewaipa.nz/ and SocialPinpoint https://haveyoursaywaipa.mysocialpinpoint.com/ahu-ake#/
Principal Strategic Planner, Waipa District Council
With her childhood split between French Guyana and south-west France, Vanessa retains a passion for the environment and travel. It was in Scotland in 2010 when she transitioned from being an ecologist to studying Planning at Edinburgh University. In 2018, she shifted halfway around the world to take up a planning position with AECOM. After receiving an NZPI award for the Pirongia Town Concept Plan, Vanessa joined Waipā District Council in 2021 to head up Ahu Ake, WaipÄ's first Community Spatial
Urban Planner, Director, InPlace
Planning isn’t a solo act; it is better together! Ben founded InPlace to help people make places great. As a planner, engager, and project management professional he helps communities set a vision and agree how to do it – like in Ahu Ake. Ben does this through strategy, policies, and technical leadership to create plans that get delivered. His 18-year career spans Canada and New Zealand in senior consultancy roles. He lives in Kirikiriroa-Hamilton with his family and works across New Zealand.
Group Manager Strategy, Waipa District Council
As GM Strategy at Waipā District Council, Kirsty is the project owner of Ahu Ake - Waipā Community Spatial Plan, winner of the Community Impact Award at the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards in 2022. With 25 years experience in legal and executive roles in local government, Kirsty is passionate about bringing to life the Council’s vision to build connected communities and is incredibly proud of the way in which the plan has been developed in partnership with Mana Whenua and Iwi.