He Huringa Āhuarangi | A Changing Climate: Built Environment

Join us for a climate change panel talk that highlights how climate change intersects with our built environment.

  • When | Āhea Thu 23 Feb 2023, 6.00pm–7.30pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Rongomaraeroa | The marae, Level 4
  • Cost | Te utu Free event
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Ko au ko te huringa āhuarangi, ko te huringa āhuarangi ko au
I am the changing climate, the changing climate is me.

Come along to a panel talk about how climate change intersects with our built environment. Hear from some incredible speakers as they discuss engineering solutions to climate change, how they fulfil iwi

and hapū

aspirations through their mahi

, how climate change influences urban spatial design and so much more! 

This panel talk is made possible with the kind support of Toka Tū Ake EQC.

Our panellists include

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Dr Rebecca Kiddle. Photo courtesy of Dr Rebecca Kiddle

Dr Rebecca Kiddle (Ngāti Porou, Ngā Puhi) is Head of Urban Development at Hutt City Council. She has been an academic in NZ, China and the UK for the past 10 years in Architecture, Environmental Studies and Urban Design. Her work – both research and practice – has to date focused on Māori identity and placemaking in Aotearoa New Zealand and the nexus between community creation, social processes, and urban design. She has a PhD and MA in urban design from Oxford Brookes University, UK, and under-graduate degrees in Politics and Māori studies. 

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Te Ari Prendergast. Photo courtesy of Te Ari Prendergast

Te Ari Prendergast (Ngāi Tahu, Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Te Aowera, Te Whānau a Ruataupare, Tuwhakairiora) is the Te Matakīrea Design Lead at Warren and Mahoney Architects. Te Ari believes that it is the experience of architecture that is at the heart of the design process, for a design that engages the sense while fostering social interaction and landscape integrity. He specialises in realising iwi aspirations in design, delivering authentic and culturally appropriate design outcomes consistent with iwi and hapū values. He believes all projects are opportunities to heal the trauma in the land, with the regeneration of the environment being synonymous with the reconciliation and transformation of indigenous communities. 

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 Dr Sandeeka Manakkara. Photo courtesy of Engineering New Zealand

Dr Sandeeka Mannakkara is a senior lecturer in the department of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Auckland. Her research focuses on climate change adaptation, resilience, and post-disaster recovery and pre-disaster planning using the concept of Building Back Better. She takes a special interest in understanding community perspectives of engineering solutions to climate change, the incorporation of nature-based solutions, and the adoption of local and indigenous knowledge.

Booking is recommended.
Doors open at 5:30pm.