Reginald has been an NZPI Board member for the past three years and has made a huge contribution to the planning profession in Aotearoa New Zealand. He led the establishment of Papa Pounamu within NZPI to provide technical guidance in resource management practices for Māori and Pacific peoples. He was also past Papa Pounamu Chair.
Reginald was elected into the newly introduced Te Ao Māori seat on the Board and will be the first Māori Chair for NZPI. This is a significant step towards greater incorporation of Māori values in planning and the inclusion of Māori in governance and decision making—which is especially relevant with the new resource management legislation coming into place this year to replace the current RMA.
“Being elected by the Board to be their new Chair sets a clear direction for greater incorporation of Māori values within the New Zealand Planning Institute and the Aotearoa planning profession,” says Proffit.
“What is happening now with the new resource management legislation coming into place is a once in a generational shift in change. It is encouraging to see Māori being given a stronger voice in planning.”