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Senior Planner Jobs

Senior Planner Jobs

How to Enter

Collecting and analysing social, environmental and economic How to Enter

To become a Senior Planner in New Zealand, you will need to hold a degree in Planning that is recognised by the New Zealand Planning Institution and be a full NZPI member. To accomplish that, you will need:

  • To have completed a NZPI recognised planning degree and at least three years’ work experience in planning (including two years’ in New Zealand) OR

  • At least seven years’ work experience in planning (including two years’ in New Zealand)

  • To be currently working in the field of planning

  • To have already completed the following core Continuing Professional Development courses:

    • Planning for Maori Values: An Update

    • Ethics for Planners

    • Expert Witness – Presenting Planning Evidence

    • Guide to becoming a Full Member of NZPI

    • A course from the Plan Making series

    • A course from the Resource Consents series

    • Three NZPI members to sponsor your application (one must be a Full member, and have been for at least three years’)

    • To provide a statement of experience corroborated by your employer

    • To provide three copies of three separate work examples

    • To conduct a satisfactory membership interview with a panel of three

Typical Responsibilities

The role of a Senior Planner can include any of the following:

  • Planning buildings, streets, car parks, recreational parks, reserves, facilities and utilities

  • Acquiring resource and planning consents

  • Analysing the development of residential, environmental and commercial areas

  • Researching and reporting the effects of proposed developments, particularly on the environment

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  • Presenting reports to Government, local councils, companies and clients


For many Senior Planners, the next step in their careers is to stead towards executive management or Policy Administration.

Salary Range

95K – 103K per annum (NZD)