UPDATED 01 Sep 2021

NZPI are seeking speakers for the 2022 Conference - 'Hikina te Manuka - Rise Up to the Challenges' being held in Christchurch, 9th - 11th March.

The abstract submission deadline for the 2022 Ōtautahi Christchurch Conference was extended to Monday September 6, 4pm. We recognise that the level 4 Covid lockdowns have been extremely disruptive for many businesses and while we are thankful to those who submitted abstracts by our original deadline, we felt it was appropriate to extend the deadline by 2 weeks to allow those who didn’t manage to get their abstract in a little more time.

We are seeking presentations on the following themes:

  • 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, andrespect our different needs, for the benefit of us and our children after us?

  • Sub-theme 1: Tuakiritanga | 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?

  • Sub-theme 2: 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?

  • Sub-Theme 3: 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?


Thank you again to everyone who submitted an abstract for consideration over the last few weeks, it is great to see them coming in. For those still busy working on it, we look forward to hearing from you soon!



Submit your abstract here