Resource and Environmental Planning library subject guide , Aratohu kaupapa mō te whakamahere rawa me te taiao

Learn where to start your research in resource and environmental planning.

Article databases

Search these databases for the academic articles you need in your study or research.


Searches many article databases simultaneously

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International, multidisciplinary, scholarly database. Excellent for planning topics.

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Google Scholar

Multidisciplinary Google search engine for scholarly articles and books. Includes citation linking and full-text searching of many publications.  Also good for New Zealand topics.

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CAB Abstracts

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Index New Zealand

Important because it covers some New Zealand planning titles not covered by any other databases.

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Newztext Plus

Provides full text access to most New Zealand newspapers and several key New Zealand magazines.

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New Zealand Index

Includes the NZ Science index which covers New Zealand environmental papers and reports not easily found elsewhere (you can untick all the other databases and only search NZ Science).

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Business Source Complete

A very large database with a broad coverage of business and management topics that could be worth searching if your planning topics veer in this direction.

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Access full text newspaper articles from a list of local, national, and international newspaper databases.

Terms and conditions for library online resources

Legal guidelines about how and by whom Library-subscribed article databases may be used.

New Zealand legal information


Environmental and Resource Management Law
This print book is intended primarily for legal & other practitioners and students who work in the field of environmental and resource management law. It expresses the current state of the law by reference to legislation and the relevant key decisions.

Environmental and Resource Management Law Online
This is the online version of the book above. This version is updated regularly so is the most current.


Westlaw NZ

Westlaw NZ provides access to a suite of databases relating to resource management. These include the Resource Management Act, regulations, case law and policy statements. Note: Click on Sign in by IP Access from the Westlaw NZ homepage.

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LexisNexis New Zealand Legal Databases

LexisNexis provides the regularly updated text Environmental & Resource Management Law which covers all aspects of resource and environmental management in New Zealand. LexisNexis also holds all of the New Zealand Law Reports and the encyclopaedic Laws of New Zealand.

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Terms and conditions for library online resources

Legal guidelines about how and by whom Library-subscribed article databases may be used.

Other legal resources

LCANZ - Legal Citations of Aotearoa New Zealand

Provides guidance for abbreviations of all major New Zealand legal journals and law reporting series. 

Ministry for the Environment: International action

Outlines the multilateral environmental agreements that New Zealand participates in.

New Zealand land and environment

Earth and environmental sciences

Environmental and geospatial information available in changeable complex layers with downloadable GIS data or topographic maps.

  • Land Resource Information Systems Portal: LRIS
    Access Landcare Research's geospatial data for topographic maps, analyses, models, New Zealand's environment and land resources.
  • Our Environment
    Check landscape, vegetation and land suitability data for a particular geographic area.  A fine level of detail is available.

Physical geography

Includes downloadable geospatial information (GIS) and topographic maps.

Soil science

S-Map Online
This database has consistent and comprehensive national soil data layers to support applications at local & regional-national scales.  There is access to soil type data along with maps and factsheets on soil type (drainage, soil moisture and depth to hard soil data). The mapping tool and factsheets require registration for first time users.

Fundamental Soil Layers (FSL)
This is a soil attributes dataset that predates S-map and covers regions that aren't yet covered by S-map. There is spatial information for the 16 key attributes of the soils of New Zealand. Use SoilsMapViewer to explore maps and soil information in more detail.

New Zealand Soils Portal
Directory for Manaaki Whenua's soil databases, related datasets and maps.

Books and ebooks

Find the book you need in a library, or access an online edition you can read on your computer.

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Search Google Books

Searches across the full-text content of a huge range of books. You can then check by searching Discover to see if the book is held by Massey University Library.

Find books, ebooks and textbooks

Find theses and research reports

How to locate Massey, New Zealand and international theses.

Massey University resource & environmental planning theses

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Concepts and definitions

Oxford Reference

Background information

Sage Knowledge Reference Collection

ScienceDirect Reference Works

Documentaries and television programmes

Recorded national and international TV programmes, live streams and on-demand videos.

Planning organisations and directories

Local Government Online
The New Zealand local government Internet portal.

The New Zealand Planning Institute
The professional body for planners, resource managers, urban designers and environmental practitioners in New Zealand.

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New Zealand Government

This guide provides access to New Zealand government, legislative and parliamentary resources.

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Learn where to start your research in earth and environmental sciences.

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