Resource and Environmental Planning

Resource and Environmental Planning Resource and environmental planning deals with both the natural and human dimensions of the world around us. Planning is a creative, interdisciplinary process, focussed on people and the places where they live, work and play.

Planners are interested in questions like: what can we do to conserve biodiversity and our natural heritage, how can we make our businesses and the economy more prosperous, and how can we secure a better future for the poor?

Planners design for the future, taking the rapid economic, environmental, political and technological changes of our time into account. They look for solutions that are innovative, feasible, just, democratic and sustainable, whether it’s an efficient transport system, a rural neighbourhood or a pocket of native bush.


The Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning (BRP) is a four year degree. It meets the accreditation standards of the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI), the professional body for planners that is also recognised by planning institutes overseas.

A Postgraduate Diploma in Planning and a Master of Resource and Environmental Planning are also available.


Postgraduate study inquiries please contact Associate Professor Caroline Miller.

Please contact the programme coordinator for other queries.



132.101 Introduction to Professional Planning 
132.106 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
132.111 Planning and the Environment
132.112 Planning for Sustainable Development


132.212 Professional Practice I
132.213 Policy Analysis and Evaluation
132.217 Planning Hazard-Resilient Communities
132.218 Building Collaborative Communities
132.221 Planning Studies
150.201 Te Kawenata o Waitangi: The Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand Society


132.304 Tuhono Taiao:  Maori and Planning 
132.305 Natural Resource Policy and Planning
132.311 Planning Theory
132.312 Environmental and Planning Law
132.313 Advanced Planning Techniques
132.314 Transport and Urban Planning


132.403 Planning Project
132.412 Professional Practice II
132.414 Urban Planning and Design
132.415 Environmental Planning
132.419 Professional Practice Studio

700 to 900-level

132.705 Applied Ecological Economics
132.730 Policy Analysis and Evaluation Techniques
132.731 Planning Law
132.732 Planning Theory
132.733 Conservation Policy and Planning
132.734 Urban Planning and Development
132.735 Natural Resource Planning
132.736 Professional Practice
132.737 Special Topic in Planning
132.738 GIS Principles and Applications
132.739 Assessing Environmental Impacts: Principles and Practice
132.740 Geographic Information Systems Programming and Practice
132.741 Long-Term Community Planning
132.742 Planning History: From Town Planning to Resource Management
132.751 Natural Hazards and Resilient Communities
132.804 Applied Research in Planning
132.815 Thesis MRP (Part I)
132.816 Thesis MRP (Part II)
132.895 Research Report (30)
132.897 Thesis MRP
132.899 Thesis MRP
132.900 PhD RP

Most 700 level courses offered in alternate years.

More information

For more information, download the following:


2015 BRP Yearbook (4,999 KB)   2015 BRP Yearbook

2014 BRP Yearbook (5,682 KB)   2014 BRP Yearbook

2013 BRP Yearbook (8,912 KB)   2013 BRP Yearbook

Student Galleries

Planning Student Gallery (43,582 KB) Planning Student Gallery

Placemaking in Bulls - student gallery (32,338 KB) Placemaking in Bulls

Our infographic below gives a good taste of the programme

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