1 – 3 November 2018 University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

The Environmental Planning Programme at the University of Waikato welcomes you to ANZAPS 2018.

The University campus is in Hamilton/Kirikiriroa, around 4km from the city centre. The city is located in the centre of the North Island in the Waikato region of Aotearoa/New Zealand. It is renowned as one of the most connected in New Zealand, being a 90 minute drive away from Auckland, around 60 minutes from either coast, with many attractions nearby.

Conference theme: Decisions, Decisions.

Decisions are at the heart of planning – from development applications or the content of strategic plans, to evidence bases and community outcomes, to pedagogical choices and directions, and essentially, to the entire remit and role of the profession. Some decisions affecting planning will also take place largely beyond the discipline, as we have seen in recent debates concerning planning reform. Planners may also unfairly shoulder responsibility for unpopular decisions that may be a function of limited powers and policy, as we may see particularly in the political or media spheres.

This year’s conference theme invites research and discussions on this important topic to help inform debates concerning research, education, and the position of the profession more generally.


To register, please email your name, title, institutional affiliation, any dietary requirements and phone number to by October 22, 2018.


The final programme is now available (subject to change) ANZAPS 2018 conference booklet.  If you have any queries please email

For conference information see ANZAPS 2018 info sheet (1)


Saturday 3 November will be a field trip to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari. This is a mainland ecological island located in the North Island of New Zealand. Surrounded by the world’s longest pest-proof fence, Sanctuary Mountain’s ancient forest offers a sanctuary for populations of many of our most endangered species such as birds, skinks, geckos, frogs, bats and insects.

Join us for a two hour guided tour of the ancient forest with its meandering pathways and explore the secrets of the Tautari wetland with the endangered species the takahe and tuatara. Afterwards we will have lunch at Lake Karapiro.

The field trip costs $35 per person plus lunch at your own expense. If you’d like to join this field trip please send an email by 22 October to