ENVPL300-21A (HAM)

Planning in Aotearoa New Zealand

15 Points

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


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Paper Description

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This paper extends students’ knowledge of contemporary urban planning in Aotearoa New Zealand. It provides an understanding of the range of different types of planning commonly undertaken in cities and settlements such as Hamilton, Auckland, and Tauranga, and urban regions such as the Waikato and Bay of Plenty. Professional planning practitioners deliver guest lectures on their areas of expertise, including growth management, open space planning, transport planning, land subdivision and development, and urban design.

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Paper Structure

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This course generally comprises 3 classes each week, and includes several workshops/tutorials interspersed throughout the course. These workshops/tutorials include exercises to reinforce learning from classes, provide explanations of assessments, and give students opportunities to ask questions and discuss course themes in smaller groups.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of and critique a range of contemporary urban planning approaches commonly employed in Aotearoa New Zealand;
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  • Demonstrate the technical capacity to explain and illustrate concepts and processes involved in producing a concept plan for high quality development in accordance with best practice urban design principles;
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  • Assess a development proposal for compliance in accordance with specified rules of an RMA plan;
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  • Demonstrate understanding of key elements and processes of land subdivision and development;and of the types of integrated planning involved in creating more liveable, inclusive & sustainable settlements in New Zealand;
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  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically and creatively to analyse a planning issue, and form sound, logical conclusions and (perhaps) recommendations in response to it.
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Assessment is designed to promote the achievement of the specified learning outcomes for this paper and to meet the intent of the Environmental Planning graduate profile. Classes, workshops and readings also contribute to these ends. The course-work to exam ratio is 65:35.

Assignments One and Two:

Full instructions for Assignments 1 and 2 will be made available on Moodle.


The exam is worth 35%. Alternatively, an online test may be provided if Covid-19 conditions at the time suggest this is the safer and better option. Details will be provided in well in advance.

Previous years' exam papers are available at the link below (note, please, that this course is updated annually and this year's assessment may look quite different though).


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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 65:35. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 35% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 65:35 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 35% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignment 1 (Garden Place)
9 Apr 2021
7:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Online Test
7 May 2021
No set time
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3.  Assessment 2 (district plan assessment exercise)
28 May 2021
7:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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A list of required and recommended readings is available electronically through the electronic Waikato Reading Lists (https://waikato.rl.talis.com) and via the course moodle site.
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Online Support

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This paper is supported through the online platform Moodle http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz/, and important information about the paper is provided via Moodle. Lecture notes are posted online on Moodle. You can take an online introduction to Moodle classes at this site. Your grades will also be accessible through Moodle once work has been assessed.

Voice recordings (Panopto) of classes will be available on Moodle and notes will be available online on Moodle.

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This course is held in the A Trimester, and has 3-4 contact hours weekly. Three lectures are held weekly, and some weeks also include a 50-minute tutorial. Students are expected to attend lectures and tutorials, and to complete all the required readings and assessments.

The total hours of work for this course is about 150 hours, or about 11 hours per week over the trimester, including the teaching recess. This includes classes and tutorials, posting to the discussion board, and completing assessed work and readings.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite papers: ENVPL201 or ENVP206 or with the Programme Convenor's approval.




Restricted papers: ENVP306

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