New Zealand's planning history - quo vadis?

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This article is the first attempt to chart the development of planning history in New Zealand, recognizing at the outset that, in international terms, there is little evidence of such scholarship. The reasons for this lack of scholarship are explored and would appear to reflect the small size and characteristics of the professional and academic planning community in New Zealand, combined with a myth of nationalism which is firmly based on rural rather than urban images. This has resulted in the production of only limited planning history material, the content of which is discussed under a number of headings. The article concludes with suggestions on a research agenda for planning history in New Zealand and some strategies for encouraging more researchers to become involved in the area.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: July 1, 1998

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