Greg Vossler receives Distinguished Service Award from NZPI

Greg Vossler receives Distinguished Service Award from NZPI Greg Vossler receives Distinguished Service Award from NZPI

Recognition for "...a contribution that, quietly but steadily, has enhanced how we interrogate and research, how we develop data and information that helps inform our decision-making..."

At the NZPI Wellington Branch event celebrating World Town Planning Day, senior planner and heritage advisor Greg Vossler was honoured with the Association’s Distinguished Service Award.

Greg has been with Boffa Miskell since 2010, and during that time has worked on the multi-award winning Wellington City Pre-1930 Character Area Review for Wellington City Council (2018); the Proposed National Direction on Historic Heritage for the Ministry for Culture and Heritage (2019 – ongoing); and district plans for numerous municipalities from Whanganui to Nelson.

Robert Schofield nominated and introduced Greg, noting that he has “… had a contribution that, quietly but steadily, has enhanced how we interrogate and research, how we develop data and information that helps inform our decision-making – evidence-based planning in other words. The Wellington recipient of the Distinguished Service Award this year recognises the importance of such a contribution to the profession, which I am very pleased to be able to announce tonight.”

In their citation, the NZPI said:

Greg has worked in a wide range of planning and public policy roles since 1985, over which time he has made a significant contribution to the image and practice of planning, by undertaking research and analysis that has advanced the theory and practice planning in New Zealand. Over his career, he has made a major contribution to the field of planning, becoming a recognised leader in the area of heritage, spatial and urban planning, applying his sharp analytical mind to his passion for enhancing our urban environments through well-researched, evidence-based policy evaluation. He enjoys taking on challenges, developing robust methodologies, and using new technologies to support and record his assessments and evaluation.

Greg has considerable experience in policy development and implementation under Resource Management, Heritage and Local Government legislation, with a particular focus on District Plan policy, supporting many local authorities around NZ. He has a strong working knowledge of the principles of urban design and their application to urban planning.

As a heritage policy practitioner, Greg has been involved in developing heritage policy at both local and central government levels, and has provided policy advice to a range of organisations including local heritage trusts, local authorities and Crown ministries and agencies. He has also been involved in undertaking heritage townscape and character area assessments, as well as preparing a range of conservation plans and heritage assessments.

Greg has worked on a number of significant projects, including the MacKays to Peka Peka Expressway, the Transmission Gully Motorway, the Arras Tunnel, and the Parliamentary Precinct Conservation Plan.

For the above reasons, Greg is held in high regard among the profession, particularly in central New Zealand, and is a worthy recipient of the NZPI Distinguished Service Award.

17 November 2020