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GEOG397 Environmental Management: Policy and Practice

Responses of societies to environmental problems, with emphasis on environmental management policy and practice in New Zealand.

This paper provides an understanding of environmental management law, policy and process in New Zealand. It is an ideal introduction to environmental management for those majoring in subjects in the Sciences and Humanities who may wish to work in government departments, consultancies or local authorities.

Paper title Environmental Management: Policy and Practice
Paper code GEOG397
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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54 GEOG points or 180 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
The content of the paper assumes that students have passed first-year geography papers and an undergraduate environmental management paper or equivalent. The paper is also popular with science students wishing to prepare for a career in environmental management with local authorities, consultancies or central government.
Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Michael Hilton

Teaching Staff: Professor Claire Freeman
Dr Sean Connelly

Paper Structure

This paper comprises laboratories (including a local fieldtrip) and an individual research essay. Assessment is split 50% internal (ongoing during the semester) and 50% final exam.

Teaching Arrangements

Two lectures per week and six 2-hour laboratories scheduled over the 13 weeks of semester (Local field trips may be held in laboratory slots).


There are no prescribed textbooks for GEOG 397. The nature of environmental management makes it inevitable that you will draw from a wide range of literature, websites, texts and journals. A selection of readings for each topic will be posted on Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

By the end of the paper you should have developed a critical understanding of environmental management practice in New Zealand, including:

  • The roles, functions and decision-making processes of the principal environmental agencies in New Zealand, including local and central government
  • The implications of Article II of the Treaty of Waitangi and Māori perspectives
  • The provisions of key environmental statues, particularly the RMA 1991
  • Planning methods employed by local authorities in policy statements and plans
  • Hazard management - particularly coastal hazard management
  • Methods of conservation management, species recovery and ecosystem restoration in New Zealand, including urban areas and areas of high conservation value

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Monday 09:00-10:50 29, 31, 33-34, 40
P2 Monday 11:00-12:50 29, 31, 33-34, 40
P3 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 29, 31, 33-34, 40
P4 Thursday 09:00-10:50 29, 31, 33-34, 40
P5 Friday 09:00-10:50 29, 31, 33-34, 40
P6 Friday 11:00-12:50 29, 31, 33-34, 40