My decision to apply for a place in the MPlan programme was influenced by an interest paper ‘Urban Geography’ I took as part of my Bachelor of Commerce. I am very happy with my decision!
I really loved my time in the Planning programme, most of all because of the wonderful people. It was great being in a course that had such a close-knit community. Some of the most memorable moments from my first year were: presenting a redevelopment idea for an old raceway course to the Dunedin City Council staff, attending a hui in Rotorua, the final end of year dinner, and the many laughs we had while trying to complete assignments in the Planning Studio.
I was presented with a unique opportunity when I was granted a student contract to undertake a research project for the Christchurch City Council ‘who’s in charge? Who will lead the urban design for the Christchurch Central City?”
In semester 2 of my second year I undertook a university exchange to the Queen’s University School of Urban and Regional Planning in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. As part of the course we took field trips to Toronto, Montreal and the Ottawa Planning Institute Annual Conference. If you have the chance to undertake an exchange I highly recommend it.
On returning from Canada I took up a role as Graduate Planner for Beca, Christchurch where I was involved in a diverse range of projects, the Card-board Temporary Cathedral for Christchurch, the Christchurch Southern Motorway consultation process, monitoring water supply capacities in new subdivisions, and irrigation for quarries and dairy farms. Planning is really about getting on with people, looking at the bigger picture and how the planning rules fit into this. I am now working for CERA (Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority) as a planner.