NZ Planners Win Top International Award for Second Year

15 November 2019

For the second consecutive year, a New Zealand planning project has taken top honours at the 2019 Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP) awards.

The CAP awards celebrate outstanding planning achievement and acknowledge the crucial role planners hold in developing sustainable and resilient communities.

The Waimakariri District Council was named the overall winner for its “Draft Residential Red Recovery Plan”, a project focussed on rebuilding the district’s worst affected areas following the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes. The award-winning plan showcases excellence in disaster planning, innovative community engagement and leadership.

The judges praised Waimakariri District Council’s approach as a, “timely recovery and resilience plan that responds to complex land use and technical requirements, the needs of multiple stakeholders, and an exhausted and polarized public in a relatively short time frame.” They also noted the plan could be used as an example for other Commonwealth countries dealing with disaster recovery.

The New Zealand Planning Institute congratulates the Waimakariri District Council on its well-deserved win, and is proud to see New Zealand planners continue to receive international recognition.