RMLA Post Graduate Scholarship Winner 2004

Mr Jim Milne, the President of the Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand Inc is pleased to announce that the Resource Management Law Association’s Post Graduate Scholarship for 2004 has been awarded to Sarah Ancell of Otago.

When asked about her study plans Sarah advised that:

‘After completing my BA in Geography at the University of Canterbury in 1999, I spent a couple of years overseas, basing myself in London. In 2002 I spent several months travelling through Europe, China, and South East Asia, witnessing first hand examples of both inspiring and devastating urban planning! Upon my return to New Zealand, I began the Masters of Regional and Resource Planning (MRRP) postgraduate course at the University of Otago. I am currently completing my thesis, which involves research into the social sustainability of medium density housing in Christchurch. Key aspects of this include interviewing residents, Christchurch City Council staff, developers, and others involved in housing issues in the city. Recommendations arising from the research will be made for planning practice and resource management law. This year I am undertaking volunteer work for the Otago branch of the CCS, and am also a student representative on the New Zealand Planning Institute Otago branch committee. In 2003 I was a student representative for my class on the Staff Student Liaison Committee, as well as a volunteer language tutor for two Korean students.’

Sarah looks forward to eventually working in one of New Zealand’s major urban areas to implement decisions that result in first-class places for residents to live and play in. In addition to her academic career, and her work, Sarah has interests in music and outdoor activities including Mountain biking, golf, and tramping.

The National Committee wishes Sarah well in her studies and in the achievement of her long term ambitions.

Jim Wiltshire