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    Research and practice for the preparation and presentation of resource consent applications (notification requirements, assessments of environmental effects and public participation) under the Resource Management Act 1991; the function, roles and decisions of the Environment Court and the Environmental Protection Authority.

    The objective of the paper is to extend the learning from SURV 205 Statutory Planning paper and to enable students to synthesise that knowledge so that they can adequately prepare resource consent applications under the supervision of an experienced practitioner. It is expected that students will place reliance on their own resources for researching the necessary information and utilise the knowledge they have gained previously. Through a series of seminars they will be introduced to a series of individuals who have experience with different aspects of the consent process to expose them to the varying perspectives on the resource consent process from the professional private practitioner to the Environment Court.

    About this paper

    Paper title Advanced Statutory Planning
    Subject Surveying
    EFTS 0.1482
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,340.02
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    SURV 205 and 270 points
    SURV 335 and SURV 455

    SURV 555 is only available to postgraduate students who have completed an external qualification. BSurv and BSc (LDPD) students will have done SURV 455 as a core paper for their degree, which is a restriction for SURV 555.

    The core background knowledge required includes an understanding of the law and legal and legislative processes, the specifics of the purposes and processes of the Resource Management Act and research, writing and presenting skills.

    This paper provides vital experience and practice of resource consent planning as required of a professional land development surveyor.


    School of Surveying

    Teaching staff

    To be confirmed.

    Paper Structure

    Introductory and structure lectures, invited guest lectures, class discussion groups, small student co-operative learning groups, student-led presentations and individual student research time, encouraging students to personally engage with experienced professionals.

    Teaching Arrangements
    This paper is a research-based course rather than a taught course. Class time will be a minor component of the learning opportunities. The majority of the course time will be discussion time, group-based and individual research, extensive reading (including critique, preparing notes and presentations) and writing a research essay.
    Textbooks are not required for this paper, however Warnock, C. & Baker-Galloway, M. 2015. Focus on Resource Management Law. LexisNexis. Wellington. can be considered to be a core text.

    The Quality Planning website is a core resource.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    The goals of this paper are to:

    • Develop practical understanding of the Resource Management Act 1991
    • Develop practical understanding of District Plans as resource management tools
    • Expose students to a wide range of resource consent applications, assessments of environmental effects and consents granted including their conditions
    • Develop the generic attitudes and skills required to prepare, write and present resource consent applications
    • Understand the issues and principles related to the notification of resource consent applications
    • Develop the thinking and attitudinal skills that enable the preparation of adequate and appropriate assessments of environmental effects
    • Understand the requirements for certificates of compliance for subdivision plans
    • Appreciate the legal and moral requirements of public and iwi consultation
    • Be aware of the mechanisms available to resolve disputes
    • Expose students to a variety of perspectives, aspects and attitudes of the various participants in the resource consent process
    • Develop research competence and critical analysis skills
    • Develop excellence in written and oral presentation skills


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
    Wednesday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 9-13, 15-22
    A2 Tuesday 16:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22
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