The NZ Planning Institute honoured 4 planners last week with distinguished service awards – Auckland Council planner Hayes Perkins, Bob Nixon (Christchurch), Gina Sweetman (Wellington) & Stuart Kinnear (based in Waikanae).
The institute bases these awards on a significant contribution to planning over many years, original research, a major contribution to the institute’s affairs, or for national or international recognition as a leader in the profession.
Bob Nixon: The institute said he’d made a significant contribution to planning practice with his leading role in the cutting-edge Christchurch city plan in 1991 and his vigorous defence of planning in the late 1990s. He also spent time on a work exchange at Norwich City Council in England and served on ministerial working parties dealing with the RMA Amendment Bill and on the institute’s national council.
Hayes Perkins: Mr Perkins has worked in planning for a range of high profile organisations, including BP (NZ) Ltd, the Ministry of Works & Development, Lion Corp Ltd, Railways Corp Ltd, Telecom Auckland Ltd and, more recently, Auckland City Council & Auckland Council. In 1990 he was the principal consultant in a study for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, relating to an industrial project in Honiara in the Solomon Islands. He’s also mentored planners over many years.
Gina Sweetman: Ms Sweetman has worked in central & local government (including for 3 of the old councils in Auckland) and in private practice for 20 years, was a councillor of the institute from 2006-12, has edited Planning Quarterly for nearly 7 years and is an independent hearings commissioner & development contributions commissioner. Her technical expertise has seen her involved in developing amendments to the Resource Management Act and her strengths in communication & training have led to her designing & delivering training courses on the act.
Stuart Kinnear: Mr Kinnear began his planning career 46 years ago and continues to make a highly respected contribution to planning practice. He’s been a hearings commissioner for 18 years and has dealt with nearly 70 hearings. His strengths include what has been described as an encyclopaedic knowledge of planning, plans, case law, legislation & developments, and his surveying &d land development background is widely regarded as bringing an extra dimension to his work as a planner.
Attribution: Institute release.