There are just ten days left to nominate the nation’s most impressive planners for the 13 awards to be presented at the NZ Planning Institute’s National Conference in Auckland in April.
Housing supply hit headlines this past week, and Hobsonville, the flagship of new affordable housing projects, was once again the most talked about part of Auckland. Michael Campbell of Campbell Brown took the Supreme Practice Award last year for the Comprehensive Development Plan at Sunderland-Hobsonville Point.
“The hardest part was the resource management issues, from heritage to providing open space,” Mr Campbell says of the plan, which took 18 months of work. “The most satisfying part was seeing the physical fruition of the plan, seeing it on the ground. We see Hobsonville as an exemplar of planning.”
Commenting on the value of the prestigious supreme award and his consultancy, Mr Campbell says “The award’s gave us recognition by our peers and attention in the mainstream media. We get a lot of good feedback. It’s positive for the company to let people know the award has been recognised at high level.”
“Only one Institute Gold Medal has been awarded in the last eight years,” CEO Susan Houston says. “ The Gold Medal Award is the NZPI’s premier individual award. It went to Ali Menon from Lincoln University in 2011” NZPI invites nominations for this Premier Individual Award.
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