Kate Mackness

Graduate Student Adviser (Environmental Planning), Lecturer

Qualifications: BA Otago MPP Auck

School of Social Sciences


About Kate

A full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute, and a Committee member of the Waikato branch.

A member of the Resource Management Law Association.


Urban planning; planning frameworks; district plans; policy development under the Resource Management Act

Research Interests

Research interests include urban planning, spatial planning, planning frameworks and policy development. Local government is also an area of interest, as is politics and social housing.Professional planning practice is another key area.

Recent Publications

  • Piercy, G., Mackness, C. L., Rarere, M., & Madley, B. (2017). Investigating commentary on the fifth Labour-led government’s Third Way approach. New Zealand Sociology, 32(1), 51-75. Retrieved from;dn=036513381701534;res=IELNZC

  • Mackness, K., & Piercy, G. (2016). Changing parameters of consultation in local government: loss or gain for democracy?. In New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference: Divergent Democracies. Conference held at University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Open Access version: hdl:10289/10787

  • Mackness, K., Rarere, M., & Piercy, G. (2015). The shift from the third way to neo-liberalism: An analysis of the 2010 amendments to the LGA. In The Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association 2015. Conference held at Cairns, Australia. Open Access version: hdl:10289/9865

  • Gooderham, L., Mackness, K., Trebilco, U., & White, I. (2014). Potential influence of Auckland’s growth on land use and resource use in the Waikato Region. Hamilton, New Zealand: University of Waikato.

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Papers Taught


Kate teaches a range of planning papers relating to urban planning, policy development, planning methods and professional planning practice.

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Mackness, Ms Kate 9165 katemack HI.2.02 Environmental Planning