Graham Spargo receives Distinguished Service Award for planning

Congratulations to Graham Spargo, who has received a Distinguished Service Award (DSA) from The New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) in recognition of his significant contribution to the image and practice of planning in New Zealand. The award was presented on 5 November at the World Town Planning Day event in Wellington.

His award citation reads, "Graham has made a major contribution in the field of planning and to the affairs of the Institute, including as a NZPI National Executive Member, as a mentor, local NZPI branch involvement; university lectures, a number of published papers and articles, and as a regular presenter at NZPI conferences and seminars. He currently holds various advisory roles, including sustainability; infrastructure and education. His contribution to the planning profession has been exceptional and we look forward to the benefit of his further contribution in years to come!"

Graham is a Senior Technical Director in our Wellington office. Throughout his planning career of 28 years, he’s held a variety of senior roles within local government, as well as consulting and advisor roles. His early contribution included leadership roles as Planning Manager at North Shore City Council (1990s), a Director of Hill Young Cooper in Auckland (late 1990s), and Director of Strategy & Planning, Dunedin City Council (early 2000s). As the Project Director for the Wellington Regional Strategy in 2007, he helped break new ground for the councils of the Wellington region for integrated land use, transportation and economic development activity.

At Beca, Graham has had a major input in Resource Management Act (RMA) reforms, planning for the earthquake recovery in Christchurch, leading the RMA approvals team for the MacKays to Peka Peka Expressway project, and being a champion for the integration of RMA planning practice with the NZ Treasury and NZTA 'business case' assessment frameworks.

Nathan Baker – Wellington Environments Manager at Beca says, "Graham has had a highly successful planning career – lots of significant roles and projects and also giving plenty back to NZPI. He can be very proud of this Distinguished Service Award, recognising the significant contribution he has made to the profession. We look forward to Graham's continued success in delivering outstanding results for our clients."

For more information about NZPI or the World Town Planning Day event, visit the NZPI website.

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