NZPI has developed a Statement on a Future Planning System for New Zealand. The Statement sets out our high-level position on reform of the resource management system and will be used as the basis for our engagement with the Government, media and other stakeholders over the coming months.

Having a position means that we will be able to respond to Government proposals in a timely manner, such as the upcoming new bill for fast-track consenting and review of the National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management.

The Statement builds on previous position papers and submissions developed by NZPI with input from members in response to the previous government’s reform programme. We have considered the new government’s reform agenda and purposefully tried to pitch the Statement so that it will be heard by the Coalition Government.

There are divergent views across the membership on the topic of reform, and the Institute has continued to take a pragmatic approach to working with the government of the day. In order to meet our strategic pillars of advocating for the planning profession in New Zealand and contributing to thought leadership, NZPI has worked to ensure that we are “inside the tent” and working to advise Ministers on the reform of our planning system.

NZPI has appreciated the ongoing open dialogue with members on the topic of resource management reform and would like this to continue. We are interested in hearing members’ responses to the Statement on a Future Planning System for New Zealand and any related topics.

Download the Statement here

We welcome feedback and ideas on the Future Planning Statement at Please provide any specific comments on the Statement by Monday 26th February 2024. 

NZPI Seeks New Volunteers for a Planning Think Tank

NZPI is also refreshing its member Think Tank. The Think Tank is a group of volunteer planners who were willing to contribute to NZPI’s policy development and submissions. It would be great to have planners with a range of experience and interests on the Think Tank. We know for sure that we will need planners interested in fast-track and freshwater issues in the next 6 months or so.

Interested in getting involved, or would like more information? Please contact Emily Grace, NZPI’s principal policy advisor at