Economics of Urban Development Workshops

Updated 09 May 2018

You're invited to register for our Economics and Urban Development course taking place in Auckland, Tauranga & Christchurch soon!

Thanks to an MfE contribution NZPI are able offer a $150 discount on the first 14 registrations . MfE recognise the new course focuses on provisions of the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity.

Register today to take advantage of this great offer!

  • Discounted rate (members) - $300 | Full rate (members) - $450.
  • Discounted rate (non-members) - $500 | Full rate (non-members) - $650.

The registration site will revert to the full rate once the first 14 tickets have been sold.


This one day interactive workshop is framed to accommodate planners at all levels wanting to get a better understanding of how development economics and planning align. The course will also benefit planners working in plan development, area based planning and those project managing large development resource consent proposals both on the side of the applicant and acting for Council as a reporting planner. The course will also be of benefit to other professionals involved in the development process e.g. surveyors, engineers, developers, consultants, local body politicians and executive staff.

Key Takeaways

  • An increased awareness of development economics and economic analysis as it relates to planning decisions
  • Better understand NPS evidence and monitoring requirements and the knowledge and capabilities that are required to implement them
  • Be able to critically examine economic analysis and identify implications for planning practices

Presenter - Peter Nunns

Peter Nunns is Principal Economist at MRCagney, a transport and urban planning consultancy. His work spans land use planning, housing policy, and transport policy. Since 2016 he has advised the Ministry for the Environment and Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment on the development and implementation of the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity. As part of this, he has assisted in the development of guidance to assist councils to implement the evidence, monitoring, and planning responses requirements. Peter’s recent work also includes the development of business cases for a number of major transport projects, including the Auckland Cycling Programme and Auckland’s Northwest Rapid Transit Corridor, giving him an in-depth knowledge of the related challenges that councils face in planning and funding infrastructure to support growth.

Queenstown feedback: “I enjoyed Peter's approach to the session. Very approachable and helpful”; “Responsive to the mixed background of the group”; “I was slightly worried that the economics of the course were going to be focused on numbers and formulas and happily surprised that this was interesting and of relevance in low growth scenarios".

Workshop Dates & Locations

  • Palmerston North, 10 May 2018 (Cancelled)
  • Auckland, 28 May 2018
  • Tauranga, 04 July 2018
  • Christchurch, 30 July 2018

Click here for full details and to register