5 million people. 1000 days. One big idea.

5 million people. 1000 days. One big idea.

What's the one goal the new Government should achieve in the next three years to make New Zealand even better?

Aotearoa/New Zealand, and the rest of the world, is facing two substantial challenges. We need an effective economic stimulus. And we also need to slash our climate pollution. 

These twin challenges will not be solved unless healthy, less polluting places for people are put at the heart of the solutions. 

This is the most important time ever for the building and construction sector in New Zealand who play a key role in tackling era-defining problems. 

Join us for this online webinar where our panel of industry experts will discuss the challenges they are currently facing and what they believe the new government's focus should be for the next three years. 

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Rod Oram

Business Journalist

Business journalist Rod Oram contributes weekly to Newsroom, Nine to Noon, and Newstalk ZB. He is a public speaker on deep sustainability, business, economics, and innovation. Rod is a member of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship, which brings together people from here and abroad who seek to contribute to global change from Aotearoa.In Citigroup’s annual global journalism awards, Rod was the winner in 2019 in the General Business category in the Australia and NZ region for his columns in Newsroom on Fonterra; and he was the NZ Journalist of the year.In the New Zealand Shareholders’ Association Business Journalism Awards, Rod won the Business Commentary category in 2018 and 2020 for his Newsroom columns.Rod was a founding trustee and the second chairman of Ākina Foundation, which helps social enterprises develop their business models in areas of sustainability. He remains actively involved with the foundation and the ventures it supports.In 2016, Bridget Williams Books published Rod’s most recent book, Three Cities: Seeking Hope in the Anthropocene, details at bwb.co.nz/books/three-cities

Alec Tang

Chief Sustainability Officer, Auckland Council

Alec Tang is Auckland Council’s Acting Chief Sustainability Officer and leads a team focussed on creating a more sustainable, resilient and equitable Auckland. The Chief Sustainability Office works across Auckland Council’s diverse operations and alongside Auckland’s mana whenua, mataawaka, communities and businesses to deliver the system shifts required for this future, from infrastructure provision and service delivery through to funding and decision making. Most recently, the office has been focused on the development and implementation of Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan which sets a path for rapid decarbonisation, in line with the region’s 1.5°C commitment, whilst also preparing the region for the impacts of climate change. Alec is a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment as well as a Chartered Environmentalist and has enjoyed a diverse career focussed on the delivery of sustainable solutions across business, academia and the public sector. 

Jacqueline Paul

Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngā Puhi and Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga

Jacqueline, 26, is currently a researcher at Ngā Wai a Te Tūi Māori and Indigenous Research Centre, and lecturer at the School of Architecture in Landscape Architecture at Unitec Institute of Technology.Jacqueline is also an appointed member and independent specialist for the Urban Development and Planning Committee at Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities (Housing New Zealand), a member on the Expert Advisory Panel for Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission supporting Open Government and has also been involved with the National Science Challenge – building better homes towns and cities Māori housing research.Key research interests focusing on building better homes towns and communities, Māori housing, mobilizing rangatahi and Māori voices, transformative policies, improving architecture and urban planning.Jacqueline is heading to the United Kingdom to pursue a Master of Philosophy in Planning, Growth and Regeneration in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge.

Leonie Freeman

Chief Executive, Property Council New Zealand

Leonie is a well-respected industry leader with extensive experience in the New Zealand property industry, having held top positions in both the public and private sector. In 2011, Leonie was appointed to the board of NZX listed company Goodman Property Trust, and up until her 2018 appointment as Property Council’s chief executive, she dedicated her time to leading an independent philanthropic initiative to solve Auckland’s housing crisis.Leonie holds a Master of Commerce, majoring in valuation and property management and is a life member of the Property Institute of New Zealand, a chartered member of the Institute of Directors, and a member of Global Women. Leonie is a strategic thinker, capable of seeing the big picture whilst also digging into the detail – a rare combination that makes her both an inspirational leader and exemplary spokesperson.

Jade Kake

Architectural & Urban Designer, Matakohe Architecture + Urbanism

Jade Kake was born on Bundjalung Country, and received her training in architecture at the University of Queensland and UNITEC Institute of Technology in Auckland. Of Māori and Dutch descent, her tribal affiliations are Ngāpuhi, Te Whakatōhea and Te Arawa. She leads a small team at Matakohe Architecture and Urbanism, a Whangārei-based design studio which she founded in mid-2018. Matakohe works with Māori organisations to progress their multi-residential, community and commercial projects, and with mana whenua (local tribal) groups to express their values, aspirations and narratives in the design of civic, commercial and education projects within their rohe (tribal area). Jade has a background in planning, housing policy and economics, and an ongoing interest in the future of our cities. She is a part-time lecturer at Huri Te Ao School of Future Environments at AUT, and a student of te reo Māori (the Māori language). 

Chris Barton


Chris Barton is an architecture critic and editor of Architecture New Zealand. He has combined his journalism background and architectural training with architectural education since 2012. He has 30 years’ experience in newspapers and magazines and a Master of Architecture (Auckland School of Architecture 1985). A press fellowship in 2010 to Wolfson College, Cambridge enabled him to research architectural writing in mainstream media. His teaching includes AD1&2 studio in collaboration with practising architects, MArch thesis writing workshops, architecture criticism and thesis supervision. His research focus is writing in architectural practice and architecture in the media.

Simon Wilson

Chair Advisory Group

As a Director of RDT Pacific Simon’s project management experience spans a range of property sectors. Sustainable Construction has always been at the heart of his professional life, from his carpentry training, to supporting clients to incorporate and implement sustainable design in their projects.He brings a trade based perspective to the Board, and valuable construction industry knowledge to his role as Chairman of the Technical Sub-Committee, which reviews the GreenStar certification process. Simon also advises on developing a social business and general business strategy for Evident, a technology start-up with a vision that "Tomorrow should be better."

Peter Sewell

Director, Auckland Regional Lead

With a 20-year career spanning project management and business leadership, Peter brings a wealth of experience to bear on every project. Joining Rubix as a director in 2006, he’s helped to create a culture where people and projects can thrive.Enthusiastic and energetic, Peter has a knack for fostering supportive team environments. He’s successfully overseen and managed a wide array of client projects in both public and private sectors. He’s passionate about positive environmental outcomes, driving our Auckland office to obtain carboNZero certification.Peter brings logic, curiosity and a diligent work ethic to his role. His forthright approach sees him developing lasting relationships with clients, colleagues, contractors and consultants alike. As Green Star Accredited Professional for over 10 years , he’s well positioned to advise clients on sustainability matters, helping them to navigate their options in a rapidly changing context.

Adrian Kerr

R&D Manager

Adrian has a background in Science, Energy and Environmental Management. He worked closely with EECA supporting the solar and heat-pump water heating program during the late 2000's, before joining the R&D Department at Temperzone. With a strong interest in the environmental impact of energy use, Adrian's work is dedicated to improving energy efficiency in the HVAC and water heating sectors, transitioning to low GWP refrigerants and integration of HVAC with renewable energy technologies.

Mark Todd

Managing Director, Ockham Residential

Mark Todd has been a residential property developer for nearly two decades. Starting out on the tools, Mark worked as a builder with his brother and father, before co-founding Ockham Residential with Benjamin Preston in 2009. It might seem a bold-bordering-on-ballsy move to start building apartments right in the middle of the GFC, but Mark (and Ockham) have always believed in Auckland — and had a definite vision of what a medium-density Tāmaki Makarau can be.“We strive to make buildings as beautiful as the landscapes they sit within,” Mark says. “We call ourselves ‘urban regenerators’ – we want to play our part in making the new Auckland work, without losing the charm of the old. We look long-term: we see housing as infrastructure – the building blocks of community.”You’ll find “Built for Auckland” inscribed on foundation plaques at most of Ockham’s 12th completed developments so far. It’s a neat distillation of the company’s mission: “To make beautiful buildings that people love to live in, homes that honour this dynamic Pacific city, stand the test of time, inspire others – and bring an awesome Auckland lifestyle to as many people and communities as we can.”

Mike Burrell

Executive Director, Sustainable Business Council

Mike joined the Sustainable Business Council in January 2020.The Sustainable Business Council (SBC) is a CEO-led membership organisation with over 100 businesses from all sectors, ambitious for a sustainable New Zealand. Our members represent more than $87 billion of collective turnover, 28% of GDP, and nearly 160,000 fulltime jobs. Our network gives our members unparalleled influence and the ability to take large-scale collective action.Mike’s previous role was New Zealand’s High Commissioner to South Africa, with accreditations across the Southern Africa region.Before this Mike was the Director of Sustainable Economic Development for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He also served in Myanmar as Acting Ambassador.Prior to this role Mike was CEO of Aquaculture New Zealand, representing New Zealand’s marine farming industry. Before that he was with the international consulting firm LECG, where he advised industry, government and international agencies.Mike has over 25 years’ experience in leadership and consulting roles in New Zealand and internationally.Mike has degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Canterbury. He is married with two children.

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