Every year Palmerston North City Council has the pleasure of awarding $500 to four of the top students working towards a degree in Resource and Environmental Planning at Massey University.
Prize winners and guests met with the Mayor, Chief Executive and Cr Tangi Utikere prior to the meeting.
They were presented with the Awards by Cr Utikere.
The recipients are:
First Year 'David Spring Planning Prize' - Anna
First Year recipient Anna Sanson is from the Manawatū and is interested in sustainable development, particularly in the agricultural sector. She is working towards a Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning Degree as it combines her passion for the environment, economy and society. Her field of study has offered her the opportunity to explore a diversity of subjects and she looks forward to a career in planning when she graduates. She would like to thank City Council and Massey for their commitment to planning and for the award.
Second Year 'Ken Nairn Planning Prize' - Tianxi John
Second Year recipient Tianxi John Yen said it is an honour to receive the prize. His decision to study planning is driven by his strong interest in urban design. His long term goal is to become an urban designer or transport planner, however he understands that he needs to build a solid knowledge base in planning before he can achieve his goal. His programme of study at Massey has served him well in this regard.
Third Year 'JT Stewart Planning Prize' - John
Third Year recipient John Harold is originally from New Plymouth and is interested in social and environmental issues. During summer he received a scholarship from PNCC to examine some of the barriers to the provision of sustainable dwellings in the City. This year he is in his final year and he is looking forward to being able to put his skills into practice. He would like to thank the Council and Massey for the Award.
Fourth Year 'Bernard J Forde Planning Prize' - Luke
Fourth Year recipient Luke Place says that while studying during his Degree has allowed him to pursue both his personal and professional passions surrounding the New Zealand environmental management system. He has been given the opportunity of starting his career with Southland District Council and is thoroughly enjoying it. Luke hopes to undertake postgraduate study to grow his understanding of the intersection between planning systems, government and natural resources with a focus on water and river dynamics. He would like to thank Massey University as without their influence he would not be accepting the Award. Luke is unable to attend the ceremony.