Annual Awards

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NZPI Annual Awards celebrate the important role of the planning profession in the community and highlight the best of the best from around the country. They are presented at the NZPI Conference.


Nominations for the 2020 NZPI Annual Awards are now closed.



Best Practice Awards

Best practice awards are made to an individual NZPI Member, or to any organisation, group, or body whose members include a member of the New Zealand Planning Institute. The Best Practice awards recognise outstanding creativity, innovation, and service. So, if you have a project, no matter how small or large, that is innovative and reflects best practice then please take the opportunity to celebrate and share your work and learnings by submitting a nomination to the NZPI Annual Awards.

The NZPI Annual Awards celebrate best practice in the following categories:

  • Strategic planning & guidance (inclusive of professional evidence)
  • District / Regional planning
  • Integrated planning and investigations (inclusive of AEE reports, monitoring processes and reports)
  • Consultation and participation strategies and/or processes
  • Non-statutory planning

Plans and processes eligible for this award include:

  • the development of a LTCCP, Iwi Management Plan, district or regional plans, structure plan, national policy statement or standard, guidance and practice notes
  • advice and service to the community
  • the use or development of a natural or physical resource, or
  • the protection or conservation of a natural or physical resource, or
  • a significant improvement in the amenity or quality of the community and/or the environment in any area.



From the winners of the best practice categories and the Project Award the Awards Committee select the winner of the Nancy Northcroft Planning Practice Award, NZPI’s supreme practice award.



Rodney Davies Project Award

The New Zealand Planning Institute Rodney Davies Project Award recognises innovation and creative excellence in the undertaking and completion of a physical work or development. The award is given out annually at the NZPI Conference to an individual NZPI member or to an organisation/group which includes an NZPI member.

The award will recognise excellence in:

  • The processes which lead to the identification of the need for or justification of the project,
  • The planning processes undertaken in formulating the project including research, consultation,
  • The evaluation of alternatives and decision making, and
  • Any physical, economic, cultural or social change which has been result of the project.

Click here for full details and to download nomination form.


From the winners of the best practice categories and the Project Award the Awards Committee select the winner of the Nancy Northcroft Planning Practice Award, NZPI’s supreme practice award.

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John Mawson Award

The New Zealand Planning Institute John Mawson Award of Merit may be made from time to time to any organisation or person in recognition of a meritorious individual or one-off contribution to the theory or practice of planning. Nominated organisations must include at least one NZPI member, while nominated individuals must be NZPI members. The grant will be formally presented at the 2020 Annual Conference in Nelson.

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Lance Leikis Award

The New Zealand Planning Institute® Lance Leikis Award recognises a significant contribution to the planning profession by a Graduate planner.

Graduate Planners can be nominated for the Lance Leikis Award by any other member of the NZPI. The award is presented annually at the NZPI Conference and includes a financial contribution of $1,200.

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Alfred O. Glasse Award

The Alfred O. Glasse Award shall be made annually by the Institute in recognition of outstanding services to planning by non-planners.

If you would like to submit a nomination for the Alfred O. Glasse Award, please email admin@planning.org.nz for details.




NZPI Community Awareness Award

The NZPI Community Awareness Award shall be made from time to time, but not more often than annually to any non-professional member of the public or community organisation actively involved in planning. This award will recognise via active engagement with the media to encourage community awareness on the value of planning.

If you would like to submit a nomination for the NZPI Community Awareness Award, please email admin@planning.org.nz for details.


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NZPI Media Award

The NZPI Media Award shall be made annually to an individual to recognise excellence in coverage of planning and/or environmental issues in any type of media. The award will be judged on the basis of a portfolio provided by applicants that contains their three best items addressing planning and/or environmental issues. The award will carry a cash prize of $2000.

If you would like to submit a nomination for the NZPI Media Award Award, please email admin@planning.org.nz for details.


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