Aotearoa Pacific Practitioners Group - Call for Practitioners

24 November 2020


Pacific Design Principles


Pacific peoples in Aotearoa have a proud history in shaping NZ’s economy and the cultural fabric we see today. From the early voyagers across the Pacific, to the more recent waves of migration during the 1960’s and 70’s, the Pacific population is the fourth largest ethnic group in NZ, understanding and embracing Pacific values and identity in the development of our cities, transport systems, schools and communities will become even more relevant as we mature as a nation. Up until now there has been no recognised voice or guidance in the planning sector representing Pacific values. This has led to patterns of development and investment where pacific peoples and their values have been overlooked leading to compromised outcomes for pacific communities.

Recognising a gap in NZ’s planning practice, one of APPG’s initiatives is to develop a set of Pacific Design Principles as a reference point to inform the planning profession, government and private sector on planning matters relevant to Pacific peoples. The Pacific Design Principles have been founded on core values applied throughout the Pacific known as the “Pacific Way”. We are calling for pracific practitioners for contribution and collaboration.

Please register interest by 10 December 2020 with Vishal Chandra, Chair, NZPI APPG, at vishal@vurbs.co.nz or on +64 27 886 4181.


Maori and Pacific Independent Commissioners


Hamilton City Council (HCC) is seeking independent commissioners to its supplier panel. Having committed to diversity and inclusion as an active member of Diversity Works New Zealand, HCC is particularly interested in applicants with indigenous knowledge from a maori and pacific background, and awareness of the City’s aspirations.

Candidates who have conducted hearings, hui / talanoa and have experience navigating through difficult situations that lead to desirable outcomes and accredited RMA Commissioners, are encouraged to apply.
With flexible work practices HCC is accepting applications from across Aotearoa.

For more information get in touch via procurement@hcc.govt.nz. Submissions close 30 November 2020.