Spatial plans provide a starting point for long term certainty around the future shape of our cities and towns, and promote community buy-in to a vision before getting into the detail. These plans are an effective tool for communicating a clear strategic vision for future land use. NZPI and Arup are hosting a timely webinar this month about Spatial Planning in NZ & Beyond.

Spatial planning is happening across New Zealand, complementing the RMA by providing a longer-term lens on planning and by creating plans at a broader scale. With an emphasis towards planning for higher density jobs around transit-enabled sites, and the increasing need to work with a combination of landowners, stakeholders Iwi, local government, and central agencies, there is opportunity for spatial planning to play a critical role in shaping New Zealand’s future. The NZPI / ARUP webinar will showcase leading examples in this field of planning.

Greer Oliver is the New Zealand Planning and Design Team Lead for Arup. Greer will present on the South Auckland Economic Masterplan. She describes this plan as a clear example of where spatial planning is working to deliver long-term change. “It takes a top-down macro assessment of key growth markets in Southern Auckland, matched with bottom-up spatial planning principles for enabling planned growth.”



Mike Theelen is the Chief Executive of Queenstown Lakes District Council, a position that he has held for 8 years. Mike will provide a wealth of insights into work behind the development of the Queenstown Lakes Spatial Plan. This plan is a vision and framework for how and where the communities of the wider Wakatipu and Upper Clutha can grow well in a city surrounded by outstanding natural beauty, and develop to ensure social, cultural, environmental and economic prosperity in the region.


Katie Mayes is National Manager, System Planning for Waka Kotahi - NZ Transport Agency. Katie will provide a national perspective on the role that spatial planning needs to play in providing certainty for infrastructure providers in planning for higher density jobs around transit-enabled sites. Katie’s presentation will outline the opportunity for spatial planning to play a critical role in shaping New Zealand’s future.



Kate Hardwick is the Advisory and Insights Leader at Arup. Kate is a leader of multi-discipline project teams, delivering city shaping/precinct redevelopment projects. She has more than 20 years’ experience working across Australia, Southeast Asia, the United Kingdom and Canada. Kate’s presentation will provide an international perspective, citing examples and trends around spatial planning in Australia and Singapore.





Spatial planning will become more significant in working with communities to consider existing and future development areas and planning for investment in jobs for the future. It will identity existing and future infrastructure needs in parallel with areas subject to natural hazards in an increasingly changing world.

Join us in a review of what good spatial planning (and the bad) looks like here and abroad, followed by an open panel discussion on new and emerging opportunities and approaches. The online webinar – Spatial Planning in NZ and Beyond is on the 29th of February from 4:00—5:15pm. This will be the start of a series of important conversations about spatial planning, and a lead into the big discussions at our upcoming NZPI Conference.

Registrations for our Spatial Planning webinar close Wednesday 28 February at 4pm.

For full details or to register for our webinar on Spatial Planning in New Zealand and Beyond click HERE

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