ENVPL201-23A (HAM)

Introduction to Resource Management

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Environmental Planning


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How this paper will be taught

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Lectures and workshops

The paper will be delivered through lectures, workshops, labs and moodle lessons (3 hours total) each week. Tuesday sessions are mostly delivered online via moodle lessons and Friday sessions are two hours - a one hour lecture followed by a one hour workshop. See the schedule below. We recommend that students attend all scheduled lectures and workshops, as our experience tells us that students who regularly attend class perform more strongly than students who do not. The final test for this paper will examine your understanding of all the sessions.


You also need to undertake 3 labs (in total) as shown on the schedule. These are now online via moodle and can be undertaken in groups (with individual submissions).

Council hearing

Apart from lectures and labs, you are expected to spend half a day at a council hearing, in your own time, to enable you to prepare a hearings report. The assessment information below provides you with more detail on this.

Flexible learning: This paper is available to distance learners in a flexible format. Teaching is delivered both online and face-to-face. On campus activities are available for students to attend in person, however distance learners can complete the whole paper online if they choose (including from offshore). *See assessment notes for distance learners.

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Required Readings

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Required: Miller, C., & Beattie, L. (2017). Planning practice in New Zealand. Wellington: LexisNexis Ltd

For all other readings an electronic course readings list will be available.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Explain and discuss how the New Zealand resource management system works in practice, including the major steps for a resource consent application and what is involved in a council hearing
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  • Demonstrate fundamental skills in interpreting a district or regional plan, including zoning, categories of activity and performance and development standards
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  • Demonstrate skills in research, analysis and critical reflection in a written report of a planning hearing
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How you will be assessed

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Moodle lessons:

Most weeks there is a moodle lesson for you to undertake worth up to 2 marks. You will be guided to read lecture content and then undertake exercises to build your understanding of the content. See the paper schedule and moodle for the occurrences of these (online only) moodle lessons (most Tuesdays). You do not need to attend classes in person on the days that the moodle lessons are scheduled.

Labs 1-3

Each of the 3 labs is expected to take 2 hours to complete. They are practical in focus and designed to support your in-class learning. The labs will be available online and you can work in groups and post questions/comments on the lab discussion forum.

Hearing report

You will need to attend a District or Regional council resource management hearing during the semester (or watch a pre-recorded hearing - see Moodle), so that you have the opportunity to prepare this report. The purpose of the hearing report is to make you notice, record, and reflect on the key elements of planning under the Resource Management Act in the context of a resource management hearing. You will arrange and attend a hearing (as available) at a time which works best for you.


The online test will consist of a mix of short and long answer questions.

Your long answers will be assessed according to how well they:

  • address the question which was asked;
  • involve sound reasoning, and relevant supporting evidence;
  • give examples that are relevant and show you understand the question;
  • have a clear and logical structure (e.g. it should progress logically from introduction, to main body, and conclusion, with the linkages between parts of the argument clearly shown);
  • use concepts correctly;
  • show legible writing, correct spelling, grammar, & punctuation.

A lecture in the last week of the paper will be a revision session to prepare for the test.

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Labs 1-3
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Moodle lessons (weekly)
29 May 2023
No set time
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Hearing Report
12 May 2023
3:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Test
6 Jun 2023
No set time
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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