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Join UDINZ to help shape New Zealand’s urban development

18 December 2019

The new Urban Development Institute of New Zealand (UDINZ) is looking for members to help shape the organisation and its platform.

Recognising the need for an industry body focused solely on building urban communities, UDINZ’s purpose is to be the champion for great urban design and development. The organisation provides a collaborative platform to achieve resilient, affordable, healthy and sustainable communities for all New Zealanders.

Context Architects, Harrison Grierson, Kāinga Ora, Fletcher Living and Universal Homes have been instrumental in setting up the new industry body.

Modelled on the long standing and highly successful Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA), the newly formed UDINZ is chaired by Dame Fran Wilde. With her background as cabinet minister, Mayor of Wellington, Chair of Wellington Regional Council, NZTA director and holding a portfolio of board and chair positions, Dame Fran was also the driving force behind Wellington’s waterfront redevelopment.

According to Dame Fran, “For New Zealand to deliver sustainable, resilient and well-designed communities, industry and government must collaborate, draw on international best practice and utilise new technologies and ways of thinking.”

Recently formed, UDINZ is on an awareness-raising membership drive. “We want to get industry and Government collaborating on real world solutions to our urban development challenges. We are at inception stage and looking to sign up inaugural members who can shape UDINZ and help make things happen”, says UDINZ board member and Context director Lisa Hinton.

“UDINZ is an open and inclusive national body that works from the grassroots through to Government,” says Richard McIntosh, UDINZ board member and director of Harrison Grierson. “Our members are a cross-section of people involved in building New Zealand communities, from developers to contractors, designers, planners, architects and engineers, through to materials suppliers, research agencies, financiers, real estate agencies, lawyers, accountants, councils and central Government - and all the players in-between.”

UDINZ is at the start of a great journey and we are looking for inaugural members to be part of the 2020 programme. If you are work in urban development, be part of this community.

To join UDINZ click here.