Author(s): Caroline Miller
In writing this book (her first was The Unsung Profession) Caroline Miller again demonstrates her passion and commitment to the profession of Planning and to documenting the important people and history in New Zealand in this field.
REGINALD HAMMOND, the author of this country’s first Planning legislation in the mid 1920s, first director of Town Planning and a central figure in the formative years of the state housing programme, is, Caroline Miller believes, an overlooked figure in New Zealand’s social history.
This book explores his life and work which occurred at a pivotal time in this country’s development. It also explores the origins and processes that drove the early state housing programme, contrasting New Zealand’s approaches to those in Britain and Australia. Hammond’s construction and planning knowledge were immense and he was a deeply committed civil servant, no matter the political banner, over a 40-year professional life spanning the 20s through the 1960s.
Caroline Miller (PhD) is a former Planning practitioner and is now Associate Professor in the Planning Programme, School of People, Environment & Planning, Massey University.