“I am honoured to be joining the Te Kokiringa Taumata NZPI Board, especially at such an important time for the planning profession,” says Harris.
“I want to acknowledge the sad circumstances in which this role opened up, with the sudden and unexpected passing of Luke O’Dwyer in late July. Luke was an amazing role model in planning, extremely well-respected by all those who worked with him and provided a strategic view to the Board. Joining the Board in his place is a great responsibility and one I do not take lightly.”
In welcoming Andrea into this position, the NZPI Board wrote, “We know Andrea will bring her own style and approach to the work in front of the Board and we appreciate her continued contribution to the planning profession.”
Andrea has been involved with NZPI’s Central North Island Branch Committee since 2007 and was on the NZPI Planning Advisory Committee for three years before being elected to the previous Board. More recently, she has been assisting NZPI working in the Resource Management Steering Group on all things reform.
“The planning profession is strong when we openly share our thoughts and aspirations and support each other as we go through change,” Harris says.
“The RMA reform process presents a significant opportunity to work with the Government for a better planning framework and improved planning practice in Aotearoa. It is an exciting time to be a planner, and I look forward to riding the ‘wave of change’ with everyone who is part of the NZPI.”
Andrea joins Reginald Proffit, WSP Director Pou Arataki (Māori), who is also on the NZPI Board as Chair, Te Ao Maori.