Winner of the Geok Ling Phang Memorial Award

A variety of Wellington plannings great and good met at the Southern Cross on Thursday 8 November to celebrate World Town Planning Day. The highlight of the night was the awarding of the Annual Geok Ling Phang Memorial Award.

We started with a very interesting talk from Kevin Lavery, Wellington City Councils new Chief Executive, outlining his history, current challenges facing Wellington and his take on the role of planning and planners in unlocking opportunities, and of course his football preferences (hes from Newcastle on Tyne originally). There were some great questions afterwards, including a couple of football related ones!


A couple of short, but interesting films followed; the first providing a view of cities from the perspective of Brazilian architecture students and the second a look back in history at the new town movement. Well done Sarah Clarke and Susan Rawles for the selection.

The final event of the night was presentation of the Geok Ling Phang memorial award. This was is given by the Wellington branch of the NZPI to a person or organisation for a significant contribution made by a project or publication in the Wellington region that:

  • Draws attention to the aims, objectives and progress of planning
  • Highlights the valuable contribution sound planning has made to the quality of where we live, work and play
  • Gives coverage to the ideals of planning not only within the profession but also amongst the general public
  • Celebrates our accomplishments in making these collective decisions concerning our cities and regions that bring quality and meaning to our lives, addressing both current needs and those of the future.


There were four nominations this year:

  1. The Southern Hills Environmental Management Study and Plan Change 29 (Southern Hills Plan Change) - Upper Hutt City Council and Boffa Miskell Ltd
  2. Wellington Civic Trust
  3. Kapiti Water Supply Project CH2M Beca
  4. Massey University Development Contributions Agreement - Andrew Stewart Ltd., Buddle Findlay, Massey University, Arrow International, and Wellington City Council.


The winner was the Southern Hills Environmental Management Study and Plan Change 29, jointly awarded to Upper Hutt City Council and Boffa Miskell Limited.


PHOTO: Award recipients - Matt ONeil, UHCC; Robert Schofield, Boffa Miskell; James McKibbin, UHCC


To view the nomination and project profile for the winning project, see below ...