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Conference Tours

We are delighted to offer three free tours as part of ICEERB 2018.

Wainuiomata marae led by Cheryl Davies

Wainuiomata maraeThis tour will visit Wainuiomata Marae (meeting grounds). The marae is an active and living community hub and was built in the years after WW2 when increasing numbers of Māori whanau (families) came to the city seeking work and better educational opportunities for their children. The wharenui (meeting house) is exceptionally beautiful, with intricate carving and weaving.

The tour will include a traditional powhiri (welcome), including a performance by the local high school kapa haka group. Lunch is a traditional hangi and will take place in the wharekai (dining room). The tour will cover both the current marae buildings and the area on which a papakāinga housing project is to be built. This project is a partnership between Wainuiomata marae and Housing NZ, Transpower, Meridian and He Kainga Oranga (University of Otago, Wellington) to create a sustainable eco-housing development based around the marae to provide warm and healthy homes for the local community. It will incorporate a smart renewable energy microgrid to supply affordable power to residents (as discussed in parallel session 10). The tour will cover both the history of the marae and its future aspirations.

This tour will involve a small amount of walking.

Wainuiomata is about thirty minutes’ drive north of Wellington, and the tour will return in time for participants to be at the airport before 5pm.

Cheryl Davies (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Wehiwehi) has managed the Tu Kotahi Māori Asthma and Research Trust over the past 22 years. Cheryl has been engaged in a number of key Māori research projects.

Housing sustainability in the past led by Ben Schrader

Historic social housing tourThis tour explores how the Hutt Valley’s cultural landscape reveals past ideas about shaping sustainable urban environments. It will begin at the 1900s workers’ dwelling settlement at Petone. How did it seek to make urban workers’ lives more sustainable and improve their public health? We go onto the former 1920s railway settlement of Moera, comprising prefabricated houses assembled on site and close to workplaces. How does this arrangement still speak to modern housing supply concerns? We will finish up in New Zealand’s first modern suburb: Naenae. Built by the state in the 1940s, it is the best local example of Howard’s garden city planning ideal. We will explore to what extent its garden city principles have been compromised by the rise of the automotive city. How might it become a sustainable housing community again?

Lunch will be at Trade School Kitchen. This is an community enterprise which employs previously imprisoned people to run the café.

The tour will involve a small amount of optional walking.

Dr Ben Schrader is a Wellington public historian specialising in the history of the urban built environment. His Master’s thesis examined the spatial and social planning of Naenae.

Social housing in Wellington led by Simon Novak

Wellington City Council owns a substantial portfolio of social housing units in Wellington City and aims to provide quality housing for 3,500 Wellingtonians. They are currently over half way through a 20 year upgrade programme of their housing units in partnership with central government. The housing upgrade is providing ‘warm, dry, safe, healthy housing that is suitable for modern living’. This tour will take you through three of Wellington City Council’s recently upgraded complexes: Te Ara Hou, Central Park and Te Māra, with lunch at Berhampore Community Centre en route.

Lunch will be at Berhampore Centennial Community Centre. Described as Berhampore’s hidden gem this art deco building designed by New Zealand architect Gordon Wilson in the modernist-style complex was built in 1938 and has had a recent makeover.

This tour will involve a small amount of walking.

Simon Novak is the director of architecture firm Novak+Middleton, who were the architects for the three sites. Simon has over twenty years of experience in the field and has been working on social housing for a number of years throughout New Zealand.