In response to: New Zealand Qualifications posted by Nesh Pillay on January 11, 2000 at 14:58:26:
I assume you are considering employment in the states?
If such is the case, a foreign degree (i.e. non U.S.) should not hinder your cause. If anything, it may spark some interest from potential employers regarding the nature of the degree program and the differences in planning techniques in the States versus New Zealand. There is no reason why a New Zealand planning degree should be treated differently than one obtained in the States except in that the case examples you studied may not have dealt with situations in the States.
Your degree plus the consulting experience should be adequate to obtain an entry level planning position in the States. Membership in planning organizations are also helpful---in the States we have the American Planning Association. Feel free to contact me if you'd like additional discussion on your question.
David Krogh, AICP