Ngā Mihi o te Kirihimete Me Te Tau Hou, Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you all.

With the year-end looming fast and a summer break on the horizon, there’s one more thing to think about. NZPI Conference is back in 2023 and we can’t wait to see you all back in the room on the 19 – 21 April, in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

Registrations are open and our exciting programme is ready for you to download. Our 2023 conference comes at a time when we’re calling for action and a focus on the future. It will feature international and local keynote speakers, all presenting at conference around a theme of Hīkina te Mānuka, Rise up to the Challenges of our current world.

Some international highlights to look out for include Richard Florida, described by the Guardian newspaper as the ‘rockstar of regeneration’. Richard is a best-selling author, journalist, professor, and founder of the Creative Class group. Then there’s Leslie Kern, Associate Professor at Mount Allison University in Canada. Leslie will discuss building toward a Feminist City. A concept that responds to those who find barriers to participation in urban life. By considering the needs and experiences of those who’ve been most excluded from city life and city planning, we can reimagine and rebuild cities that are more just, equitable, caring, and sustainable.

NZPI conference is our annual opportunity to excite and inspire planners, celebrate excellence through the presentation of our awards and scholarships, and after two long years, bring our members back together in one place.

Conference will be held in the Te Pae Convention Centre in the heart of Christchurch. This award-winning building has already played host to a growing number of international conferences and will place delegates in the centre of a regenerated city. Domestic and international tourism is back so don’t delay. Plan your visit with fantastic accommodation options linked on our conference site and register for NZPI conference now.

Early bird registration ends Friday 24th February 2023.

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