Hamish Rennie


Department of Environmental Management

Faculty of Environment Society and Design

Lincoln University

New Zealand

Education & career

 An unusual combination of a BScHons (Otago) specialising in coastal geomorphology, MA (Newfoundland) in fisheries geography and a PhD (Waikato) in the geography and planning of marine aquaculture in New Zealand have provided a broad base for more than 25 years of research and practice in integrated coastal management and marine spatial planning. Before becoming an academic I spent 12 years in central NZ Government science and policy roles in the Ministry of Works and Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Health and finally the Department of Conservation (DoC).  The DoC work included the policy interface between planning legislation and fisheries management, developing the first NZ Coastal Policy Statement and subsequently Managing the International Unit, among other things representing NZ at Convention on Biological Diversity meetings.  In 1995, I joined the University of Waikato (where I developed and taught the first Tourism in Marine Environments course in NZ) and in 2007 moved to Lincoln University.  Concurrent with my academic role, I practice as either an independent planning Hearings Commissioner or expert planning witness (almost exclusively in coastal and marine issues). Professionally, I am a full member of the NZ Planning Institute and am certified as a Resource Management Act hearings commissioner (Ministry for the Environment) and Practicing Resource Manager (NZ Association for Resource Management). My research focus has been on commons management and planning and, since the Christchurch earthquakes, on resilience. I am a member of the editorial boards of MAST-Maritime Studies, Coastal Management Journal, Planning Quarterly and the Lincoln Planning Review and am a Fellow of the NZ Geographical Society. 

Current teaching activities

Teaching third year and post graduate environmental planning and policy and post-graduate Resource Management and Planning Law, all as part of our professionally accredited undergraduate and post graduate planning degrees. 

Research activities

Until July 2019, part of a major NZ Government funded National Science Challenge - Resilience to Nature's Challenges with research projects on planning in Kaikoura and Hawkes Bay.

Also involved in Waikato University-based Government funded research on identifying significant surf breaks for planning purposes.

Remaining research relates to adapting to climate change and governance of commons, with a particular focus on an Lake Ellesmere (an Intermittently Closed and Open Lagoonal Lake (ICOLL)) and developing countries.

Selected publications (up to 5)

Kench, P.S., Ryan E.J.....H.G Rennie (2018) Co-creating Resilience Solutions to Coastal Hazards Through an Interdisciplinary Research Project in New Zealand. Journal of Coastal Research (S1)85:1496-1500.

Makgill R.A. and Rennie H.G. (2012) A Model for Integrated Coastal Management Legislation: A Principled Analysis of New Zealand’s Resource Management Act 1991. The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law 27: 135–165

Rennie, H.G.  (2010) Marine (Aquaculture) Space Allocation: Assessing Transitional Challenges to Local Economies in New Zealand. Local Economy 25 (3): 190-207

Rennie H. G., White R., Brabyn L. (2009) Developing a Conceptual Model of Marine Farming in New Zealand. Marine Policy 33(1): 106– 117

Scarfe, B.E., Healy, T.R., Rennie, H.G., and Mead, S.T., (2009) Sustainable management of surfing breaks: case studies and recommendations. Journal of Coastal Research, 25(3):684-703

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