Ngāi Tahu recognised in prestigious planning awards

Aaron Leith, Programme Leader – Puna Mahara, and Robyn Wallace, Director – Earthquake Response and Recovery, holding the awards.

In April, Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu were awarded two prestigious awards from the New Zealand Planning Institute at the annual conference held in Wellington.

The Draft Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan released in February 2016, won two titles at the awards: the Best Practice in Strategic Planning and Guidance Award, and the Nancy Northcroft Award.

Aaron Leith, Programme Leader – Puna Mahara, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, says the awards are a great recognition of the hard work Papatipu Rūnanga and Te Rūnanga put in to the plan.

“The Nancy Northcroft Award is the New Zealand Planning Institute’s supreme planning award and it is not given every year, so it’s a real honour to receive it,” says Aaron.

Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Waimakariri District Council and the Greater Christchurch Group within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, were all recognised as the key contributors to the plan.

The plan creates parks and reserves, walking and cycling links, community facilities, mixed-use business areas, roads and infrastructure in areas red zoned in the Waimakariri district after the Canterbury earthquakes.

The plan also creates provisions for a dedicated heritage and mahinga kai area, and for managing land as part of the existing Tūhaitara Coastal Park, which includes Tūtaepatu Lagoon, just north of Christchurch.

More than 600 delegates attended the award ceremony including iwi, industry leaders, planners, scientists and local and central government representatives.

The Draft Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan also won the Innovation in Council Community Relations Award and the McGredy Winder Supreme Award at the SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards.

The Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan can be found here.