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?

23 September 2020

Online Webinar

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. 

#ActOnClimate #WGBW2020

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Rod Oram

International Business Journalist

Rod Oram has more than 40 years’ experience as an international business journalist. He has worked for various publications in Europe and North America, including the Financial Times of London.Rod and his family emigrated from the UK to New Zealand in 1997. He contributes weekly to Nine to Noon, Newsroom.co.nz and Newstalk ZB. He is a frequent public speaker on deep sustainability, business, economics, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, in both NZ and global contexts.

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 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. Prior to joining Council, Alec has enjoyed a diverse career focussed on the delivery of sustainable solutions across business, academia and the public sector. Alec also currently lectures on sustainable business at Auckland University of Technology.

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 is an architectural and urban designer, writer and housing advocate. She leads a small team at Matakohe Architecture and Urbanism, a kaupapa Māori design studio that works with Māori organisations on their marae, papakāinga and civic projects, and with mana whenua groups to express their cultural values and narratives through the design of their physical environments. With a studio in Whangārei, Matakohe are currently working on a range of projects across Te Tai Tokerau, from Kaitaia through to Tāmaki Makaurau, including papakāinga (and papakāinga-style developments on general land) and land use plans for whenua Māori, marae and other community facilities, and supporting and facilitating hapū-led integration of cultural narratives, values and aspirations within public space, civic, commercial, education and heritage projects. Matakohe clients include Māori land trusts and incorporations, marae, iwi entities, churches, not-for-profit organisations, local government, and central government agencies.

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.

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