Code of Ethics

NZPI Members must abide by a code of ethics and are trained to prepare professional advice which will stand up to scrutiny


Members are bound to the ethical objectives listed below:


The Planner's Responsibility to the Public

  • A planner shall maintain an appropriate professional awareness of contemporary planning philosophy, practice and techniques.
  • A planner shall maintain an appropriate professional awareness of issues related to the Treaty of Waitangi and to the needs and interests of Tangata Whenua.
  • A planner shall, subject to respecting a client's or employer's right of confidentiality, endeavour to ensure that full, clear and accurate information is available, and that there are meaningful opportunities for public input and participation.
  • A planner shall ensure that special attention is paid to the inter-relatedness of decisions and the environmental, social and economic consequences of planning actions.
  • A planner shall recognise the need to maintain and promote high environmental standards and outcomes.


The Planner's Responsibility to the Profession and to Colleagues

  • A planner shall uphold the dignity of the profession and the reputation of the Institute.
  • A planner shall act in a friendly, fair and tolerant manner to other professional planners. A planner shall do nothing calculated to injure unjustly or unfairly the reputation of another professional planner.
  • A planner shall co-operate in advancing the art and science of planning by exchanging information and experience.
  • A planner shall endeavour to contribute to the professional development of planning students and fellow planners.
  • A planner shall not advertise for work in a misleading manner, or in a manner injurious to the dignity of the profession, or other planners.


The Planner's Responsibility to Clients and Employers

  • A planner shall carry out all professional work with integrity, and in a spirit of fairness, fidelity and objectivity
  • A planner shall ensure that any private dealings or ownership or any position on any local authority, board of directors or the like, do not create any conflict of interest with any client or employer.
  • A planner shall not make any misleading claims, or attempt to influence any decisions by improper means.
  • A planner shall not accept any financial inducement offered in order to influence or affect their advice.


The Planner's Self Responsibility

  • A planner shall strive to ascertain the appropriate factual situation, and maintain unbiased and object judgement, and shall not give professional advice or evidence which is other than their true professional opinion.
  • A planner shall strive to attain a high standard of professional competence.
  • A planner shall continue to seek and receive professional education throughout a planning career, and to keep abreast of the development of planning practice and techniques

If you believe that any of the above ethics have been contravened and wish to make a complaint then please click here to progress your complaint.