Applying for Full Membership

You are eligible to apply for full membership if:

  • You have completed a NZPI recognised planning degree and have at least 3 years work experience in planning (inc. at least 2 years NZ experience) or;
  • You do not have a NZPI recognised degree but have at least 7 years work experience in planning (inc. at least 2 years NZ experience)
  • You are currently working within the planning field
  • You have completed the following core CPD:

Competency Requirements:

The Membership Interview Panel will be looking for your level of competency in each of the areas below.
You should be able to demonstrate ability or understanding in all areas and be able to answer questions on these competency areas below during the Full Membership Interview:


Professionalism, integrity and ethics
  • Understanding and compliance with NZPI Code of Conduct.
  • Understanding of role of a professional planner.
Understanding planning
  • Application of planning theory and skills to achieve social, economic, cultural and environmental outcomes.
  • Awareness of inter-generational issues and competing interests and values.
  • Ability to relate own career experience to the wider context of professional planning including planning processes and outcomes.
Evaluation skills
  • Use of multidisciplinary and evidence-based approaches.
  • Demonstrates objectivity and sound judgement.
  • Understanding and demonstrating appropriate decision making process.
  • Understanding of role of qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Demonstrates use of critical analysis.
Communication and engagement
  • Communicates effectively to inform, consult and engage others in planning processes.
  • Demonstrates ability to collaborate and work in partnership with others.
  • Can identify affected/interested parties.
  • Awareness and use of a variety of communication and engagement methods and tools, and appropriate application of these.
  • Written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to manage conflict.
  • Understands the value of closing the loop (i.e. what did you do with the outcome of the engagement process?).
Understanding and working with planning frameworks
  • Understand and work within legislative and other relevant frameworks appropriate to their context and professional application.
  • Understands the role of politics in planning.
  • Awareness of current practice and issues.
A range of technical knowledge
Demonstrate understanding and application of (including but not limited to):

Research, such as:

  • Survey and analysis for the preparation of plans.
  • Feasibility studies.
  • Research directed towards the development of planning methods.
  • Study of economic, health, social, demographic, landscape, architecture, water resource or transport issues impacting on regional, urban and/or rural communities.

Plan Preparation, such as:

  • The preparation and/or review of national, regional and/or district policy statements and plans including an understanding of the process.
  • The preparation of comprehensive development or redevelopment project, or conservation projects.
  • The preparation of any other plans, e.g. development or structure plans for urban, rural or coastal environments.
  • The preparation of schemes for comprehensive urban or landscape design.
  • Constructive contributions to the evolution of specific planning proposals e.g. reviewing proposed plans, writing submissions on a plan proposal, preparing and/or presenting evidence on behalf of an organisation or client.

Administration/Regulatory, such as:

  • Preparation and review of resource consent applications.
  • Resource consent processing.
  • Environmental Effects Assessment - overall AEE as part of a resource consent and/or a separate supporting specialist/technical assessment e.g. social impact assessment, traffic impact assessment.
  • Judicial decisions and legislation.
  • Implementation of policy statements and plans.
  • Policy analysis and development.
Maori perspectives
  • Understand tangata whenua values in the environment and how to provide for these values as planners within NZ planning frameworks.
  • Understand the legislative requirements under the RMA and LGA for engaging with tangata whenua and Maori, and its application with Iwi/Maori entities within Maori kaupapa and tikanga framework.
  • Understand and make provision for how Treaty Settlements impact on RMA and LGA processes and Council decision making.
  • Understand the context for and application of Iwi Management Plans and Cultural Value Assessments.
  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge to undertake effective engagement with tangata whenua.
Contribution and commitment to profession
Including, but not limited to:

  • Supporting others
    • Involvement with Emerging Planner's
    • Involvement with local Branch
    • Involvement with special interest group(s)
    • Mentoring
  • Supporting the profession
    • Presenting papers
    • Making submissions
  • Planning related engagement with wider community/other organisations.
  • Demonstrate future goals for participation and commitment to the profession.

Application Requirements:

  • You need 3 NZPI members to sponsor/support your application; Sponsors must be a Full member, who has more than three years of experience as a Full Member, Supporters can be a Full, Associate or Intermediate members.
  • As part of the Full membership application you must;
    - Provide a statement of experience corroborated by your employer,
    - Provide 3 copies of 3 separate work examples,
    - Complete a satisfactory membership interview, conducted by a panel of 3.

The annual membership fee is $450. In addition to this, there is a $100 joining fee for NEW Full members of NZPI. Payment is not required at the time of application, an invoice will be sent once your application has been approved.

Acronym - MNZPI

Before applying for membership please take the time to read the NZPI's Constitution & Regulations, Member's Code of Ethics and our Interview Tips (see below).

CPD Requirements for Full Membership

All Full members are required to undertake Continuing Professional Development in order to maintain their membership status. Full members will be asked to complete 25 hours of CPD per annum. In addition, Full members are requested, over a rolling three-year period, to refresh their understanding of ethics specific to planners as well as planning from a Maori perspective. By securing no less than 1 CPD point per topic over a three-year period, this demonstration may be in the form of attendance at an educational or training event or via an informal or formal learning opportunity.

For further information regarding CPD requirements for Full members, click here.

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Previously a Member?

If you were previously a member of NZPI, you do not need to re-apply - please complete the 'Membership
Re-instatement' form found here.


If you will be working 25 hours or less per week over a sustained period, you can request Partially-active membership - the request can be submitted with your Full application, please click here for full details.


If you are unable to fulfil the requirements of full-time membership we may be able to move you to non-active status, please click here for full details.

Note : Our financial year is from January to December. Applications received before 31st March are invoiced the annual fee, those received after the 31st March are only invoiced for the number of months remaining in the year. Renewal invoices are emailed to all members mid-January with payment due by the 31st March. Those who pay before the 20th February can pay the early bird rate (this will be detailed on the invoice).
Preparing for your Full Membership Interview 17 January 2014 Download