The NZ Ministry for the Environment published this urban design guide to encourage critical thinking about the quality of NZ's urban environment.
Good urban design helps create great places to live, work and play. It has much to offer – including more varied lifestyle, work, transport and recreation options. More effective and efficient urban areas that work better for us, and use less energy and water. That make it easier to access friends, work, and leisure activities. That feel safer and support both physical and mental health, through making walking and cycling real options.