Hamilton is set to welcome Te Kōkiringa Taumata | the New Zealand Planning Institute Annual Conference, on 20-22 March in Hamilton, and several speakers from Beca will be adding their voices to the conversation.

This year’s conference theme ‘Kāpuia e kore e whati! - Better Together!’ explores the need for collaboration and inclusion under four main topics: Bridging the Central / Local Government Divide, Co-Governance, Māori in decision making and Tino Rangatiratanga; Facing Climate Change Together; and Planning for Diversity and Inclusion. It aligns with our own core values and commitment to partnership, collaboration and inclusion, and responding to climate change challenges.

Presenting on behalf of our Beca whānau are the following, on the topics of:

  • Our Urban Growth Partnerships - City/Region Deals for New Zealand: Robert Broadnax explores what the future may look like for our Urban Growth Partnerships in the context of Spatial Planning and City/Region Deals
  • Planning for equal outcomes: Corinne Marti and Charlotte Lee outline the methods, the importance of timing, and other practical steps for integrating equality assessment methods into the Aotearoa planning framework.
  • Lessons in adaptation from the Pacific: Cole Burmester and Cushla Loomb reflect on the key considerations for adaptation planning from their work on the Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment in the Republic of the Marshall Islands and discuss how the lessons are relevant to inform adaptation planning in New Zealand.
  • Inclusionary housing in Queenstown: Charlotte Lee looks at social impact assessments as a policymaking tool, using the Inclusionary Housing Variation in Queenstown as a case study.

In addition, we are also proud to sponsor the Papa Pounamu social event and the Emerging Planners Congress. This stems from our belief in promoting te ao Māori, mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) and whakaaro Māori (Māori views) in our industry and supporting whakawhanaungatanga, as well as the critical role of rangatahi on the future of our planning system.

We will be there for the full conference. Please feel free to visit our stall for a chat, connect with us between sessions, or reach out ahead of conference.

For more information on the New Zealand Planning Institute Annual Conference, click here.

See also March 2024