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4 planners awarded for service

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.

The citations:

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.

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Planning Institute honours David Hill & Peter Frawley

Published 12 November 2005


The NZ Planning Institute celebrated world town planning day on Thursday by presenting distinguished service awards to David Hill (Auckland) & Peter Frawley (Palmerston North).



Mr Hill was a co-founder of Hill Young Cooper Ltd 10 years ago and remains a director. He’s focused on public policy development, especially in public participation, and strategic & environmental assessment & management, was a founding member of the Association for Social Impact Assessment and is an Environment Court commissioner.


Mr Hill also chaired the Auckland Conservation Board for 7 years, the Auckland Museum Trust Board for 6 years, has advised the governments of Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga & China and has been contracted by agencies, such as the United Nations.


Mr Frawley is a qualified social scientist & resource management planner who has been at the forefront of the development of a range of professional methodologies, has headed a number of important agencies and has earned national & international recognition for his work.


Mr Frawley is environmental policy & planning manager at Palmerston North City Council’s city future unit and has been honoured for his substantial contribution to the institute & his planning expertise. He is moving to Australia soon as director of development & regulatory services at the Greater Bendigo Council in Victoria.


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