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Judicial review in the New Zealand planning system: 1926–1977

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This paper explores the development of the planning appeal system in New Zealand in the period from 1926 to 1977 under the first two town planning acts, in particular focusing on the judicial aspects of that process. Drawing on archival and oral history sources it traces the development of the system from one of an expert panel to an appeal board which functioned as a tribunal and increasingly blended town planning and legal considerations. It was also a system that ran on the proverbial shoestring while at the same time developing an appeals system and a cannon of decisions that influenced the development of town planning in New Zealand.

Keywords: New Zealand; legal history; planning history

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Planning Programme, School of People, Environment and Planning,Massey University, Private Bag 11 222Palmerston North4410, New Zealand

Publication date: 2011-07-01

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