12:00pm Registration desk opens
1:30 – 2:30pm Workshop and MfE Update

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Towards a fit for purpose Future Development Strategy

Amanda Moran – Deputy Secretary, Resource Management System; Lesley Baddon – Manager, Urban Environment, Policy Division; Brian Waddell – Senior Policy Analyst (Contractor), Urban and Infrastructure

Cities are where 72 per cent of New Zealanders live.  The Ministry for the Environment (MfE) wants New Zealand to be the most liveable place in the world, and that our cities play a positive and leading role in achieving this vision.

The National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity (NPS-UDC) provides direction to decision-makers on planning for urban environments. Well-functioning and adaptable urban environments provide for people and communities’ wellbeing by offering sufficient housing to meet demand, a variety of living and employment options, and good connections between the people’s homes and workplaces. It is this functionality and adaptability that provides the building blocks for liveable cities.

The NPS-UDC requires councils with high growth urban areas around New Zealand to set minimum targets for housing and to set out how these targets will be met through the development of a future development strategy. MfE and MBIE are in the process of writing guidance for councils on how to set their minimum targets and how to develop a good future development strategy. This workshop outlines some of the key matters that this guidance seeks to address and offers an opportunity for you to share your views on key aspects of the guidance.



2:30 – 3:00pm Afternoon Tea
3:00 – 5:00pm Beyond the RMA – Chaired by Judge Kirkpatrick

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Hon Justice A P Randerson; Hon Peter Salmon QC; Rebecca Macky LLB, BA, Dip Environmental Management; Adrienne Young-Cooper, Chair – Housing New Zealand Corporation; Rob Fisher, Company Secretary – Watercare; Dr Phil Mitchell, Director – Mitchell Daysh; Derek Nolan QC,  Barrister – Bankside Chambers

*Beyond the RMA is proudly sponsored by MinterEllisonRuddWatts

RMLA Founders moderated discussion



5:30 – 7:30pm Welcome reception

  • Rangitoto 1 – 3
Networking drinks & nibbles

8:30am – 9:00am

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Conference opening


I F   N O T   L I V E A B L E ,  T H E N   W H A T ?

Mayor Phil Goff – Auckland City


9:00am – 9.50am

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#Liveable Cities

L I V E A B L E   =   A F F O R D A B L E   *Auckland Conversations

Jennifer Keesmaat – Chief Planner, City of Toronto

*Jennifer Keesmaat is brought to you by Boffa Miskell 

Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner at the City of Toronto, will outline the ways in which Toronto has been addressing some of the key issues that come with being recognised as one of the world’ most liveable cities. Toronto has much to share with Auckland and Jennifer will outline some of the city’s success stories and current programmes to deal with the shared challenges of rapid population growth, urban redevelopment and renewal, transport choice, housing affordability and community change.


9:50am – 10:10am

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10:10am– 10:40am



10:40am – 11:30am

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11:30am- 12:10pm

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12:10pm – 1:00pm

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1:00pm – 5:30pm


6:00pm – 8:00pm









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Keynote speaker Q&A 

Moderated by Ludo Campbell-Reid – GM Auckland Design Office
Auckland Council






S O C I A B L E   S T  R E E T S ,   C I T I E S   F O R    P E O P L E

Henriette Vamberg – Managing Director, Gehl Architecture

#Transformation is proudly sponsored by Isthmus

Henriette will reflect on her unique perspective on liveable cities gained from the work of Gehl Architects in cities around the world, including Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Henriette will look at the recent achievements and initiatives underway in comparator cities relevant to this part of the world, and outline where she thinks New Zealand cities should be focused in improving liveability over the next decade.


#Vibrant places

U R B A N   R E N E W A L

Rod Marler – Director, Panuku Development Auckland

Don Miskell – Miskell Consulting

John Dakin – CEO, Goodman

Rod Marler, Don Miskell and John Dakin will share best practice and insights into delivering successful urban renewal projects.




T R A N S P O R T   &   T R A N S F O R M A T I V E   T E C H N O L O G Y 

Liz Halsted – Auckland Transport

Martin McMullan – New Zealand Transport Agency

#Connect is proudly sponsored by Kensington Swan







#N I G H T M A R K E T  @ S H E D 1 0

Networking drinks and dinner

#NightMarket is proudly sponsored by Bell Gully






9:00am – 9:40am

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#Open Spaces  – Keynote


*The 2017 General Election takes place Saturday 23.  Polling booths will be available on site for RMLA delegates, open from 9.00am to 7.00pm, with screens provided for those who wish to track the election results live from 7pm onward.



M E R G I N G   N A T U R A L   S Y S T E M S   W I T H  

T H E   B U I L T   E N V I R O N M E N T

Deborah Marton – Executive Director, New York Regeneration Project

Deborah Marton will compel you to take the long-term view, with a special focus on merging natural systems with the built environment. Deborah will discuss the key ingredients to achieving environmental and social equity in urban areas; open spaces and affordability; the science behind biophilia (the drivers behind the recent trend to reintroduce gardens, green spaces and market gardens to urban spaces); lessons learned from mature cities (design, planning) to achieve liveable urban spaces; and the PPP conservancy model for green spaces.

9:40am -10:20am

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L I V I N G   W I T H   W A T E R  – Distinguished Professor Dame Anne Salmond

Dame Anne Salmond will discuss how Kiwis can live with waterways and the ocean for a prosperous future.

#Us is proudly sponsored by Waikato Regional Council




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#Model Cities

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W H E R E   T H E   C I T Y   M E E T S   T H E   S E A  – Pre-recorded interview with Tim Beatley – Professor of Sustainable Communities, University of Virginia

Tim Beatley, author of Blue Urbanism – Connecting Cities and Oceans, in conversation with conference MC Wallace Chapman, outlines the often under-looked links between coastal cities and their adjoining bodies of water. Tim makes the case for why cities should take a much more active role in the future management of oceans and how this is of as much benefit to cities and citizens as to the coastal environment.


10.40am – 11:00am


Morning Tea & Annual General Meeting

11:00am – 11:40am

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#Sustainable Seas

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H A U R A K I   G U L F   S P A T I A L   P L A N 

Paul Beverley  Partner, Buddle Findlay

Paul Majurey – Partner, Atkins Holm Majurey, and Chairman, Hauraki Collective of Iwi

Paul Beverley and Paul Majurey will provide an update on the Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari’ marine spatial planning process for the Hauraki Gulf.


A F F O R D A B L E   H O U S I N G   A T   W H A T   C O S T ?

Shamubeel Eaqub – Economist, Sense.Partners

Shamubeel Eaqub takes a top-down approach to tackling the thorny issues of densification, liveability, affordability and legislative frameworks. Rather than focusing on the ‘how’, he focusses on the ‘what’. He places emphasis on establishing an agreed outcome, then latterly, figuring out which policy tools are best suited to delivering it – whether it be the RMA, the Unitary Plan, or some other form of legislative framework.



12:20pm – 1:00pm

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  • Plenary



L E A R N I N G S   F R O M   T H E 

A U C K L A N D   U N I T A R Y   P L A N 

Judge David Kirkpatrick – Environment Court


1:00pm – 1:30pm

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R E S H A P I N G   T H E   W A Y   W E   P L A N   O U R   C I T I E S

Jeremy Hansen – Paperboy Magazine

Leroy Beckett – Generation Zero

Jolisa Gracewood – Bike Auckland

Patrick Reynolds – Greater Auckland

Paperboy editor Jeremy Hansen talks to the leaders of three of Auckland’s most influential online communities about how a new generation of voices is reshaping the way we plan our cities. He’ll be joined by Generation Zero’s Leroy Beckett, Bike Auckland’s Jolisa Gracewood and Greater Auckland’s Patrick Reynolds. They’ll discuss they ways they’ve disrupted   conventional planning conversations, what their communities want from our cities, and how they plan to get it.

1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 5:00pm Field Shops
7.01pm – Midnight  


RMLA 25th Anniversary Annual Awards Dinner

Waiheke Room, ANZ Viaduct Events Centre

*RMLA Annual Awards Dinner Sponsored by Russell McVeagh

RMLA Conference Welcome Reception

Date: Thursday 21 September
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Venue: Rangitoto Room, ANZ Viaduct Events Centre
Cost: One ticket is included in each full Conference registration.

Additional tickets can be purchased via the registration process for $50.00 inc GST.

To commence the Conference social programme, TBC is hosting the official Welcome Reception and invites you to join them for drinks and nibbles while catching up with friends and colleagues.

#Nightmarket serves up a sizzling cultural cornucopia. A perfect blend of culture, culinary excellence, locally crafted brews and regional wines create a relaxed Friday networking event on Day 2 of the conference.

Each of our #Nightmarket food truck vendors have been carefully selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to sustainability.

Date: Friday 22 September
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Venue: Shed 10
Cost: One ticket is included in each full Conference registration.

Additional tickets can be purchased via the registration process for $60.00 inc GST.

#Nightmarket is proudly sponsored by Bell Gully.

Conference and RMLA 25th Anniversary Awards Dinner

Date: Saturday 23 September
Time: 7.00pm – Midnight
Venue: ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland
Dress: Cocktail
Cost: One ticket is included in each full Conference registration. Additional tickets can be purchased via the registration process for $120 inc GST.

The dinner is a wonderful way to conclude the conference and to celebrate with the RMLA Award recipients.

RMLA’s 25th Anniversary Annual Conference & Awards Dinner is proudly sponsored by Russell McVeagh.

Voting for the 2017 General Election takes place Saturday 23 September. Polling booths will be available on site for RMLA delegates, open from 9.00am to 7.00pm.

The preliminary election results will be released progressively from 7.00pm onward, and screens will be provided for those who wish to track the election results live.

Download the full Conference and Fieldshop Programme by CLICKING HERE.

*This programme may be subject to change at any time.

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