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Green space in the resilient city

Thursday 16 February 2017

Are you interested in the roles that urban green space can play in the development of sustainable and resilient urban form internationally and in New Zealand? How can we advance an agenda for optimisation of green space values in resilient New Zealand cities?

Most New Zealanders are fortunate in having good access to green space, but do we take this for granted and could we do better in making the benefits of green spaces access available to all? This course will provide an enjoyable “talk and walk” examination of this important aspect of urban form and function, drawing on authoritative knowledge and hands-on experience of top academics, planners and local council managers. Participants can expect to go home with inspiring ideas to apply to their own experience and challenges, and having contributed to an agenda for further progress locally and nationally.

Topics covered  

  1. Overview of public and private urban green spaces (UGS) in NZ cities
  2. Recent international and NZ research on UGS values, contribution to health and wellbeing and urban resilience
  3. Interactions of UGS values with other components of the Resilient Urban Futures programme, e.g. health and wellbeing of urban communities, transport corridors, compact vs dispersed residential areas, water and air quality, response to emergencies
  4. City-focussed guest presentations and case studies covering researchers’ and practitioner’s experiences in a range of large and medium-sized New Zealand and Australian cities
  5. Field-based examination and discussion of UGS management in Wellington City
  6. Discussion on developing an agenda for optimisation of UGS values in resilient New Zealand cities

Style of course

Morning: Presentations to group followed by case studies and discussion.
Afternoon: Walking and bus trip including: Newtown, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington Botanic Garden, CBD, Wellington Waterfront, with concluding discussion.

Who should attend?  

This course will interest a wide range of planners, managers and researchers working in health, recreation, transport, environment, etc, at local and central levels, in the public and private sectors. Some walking during the afternoon will be part of the programme.

Draft timetable

Time Session
8:30am Registration
9am Welcome, introduction to NZ green spaces and their values
Presentation: international research on the effect of UGS on health and wellbeing
Presentation: UGS and the development of community
10:30am Morning tea
11am Presentation: Interactions of UGS values with other components of the Resilient Urban Futures programme (Centre for Sustainable Cities)
Panel presentations and discussion: City-focussed guest presentations and case studies
12:30pm Lunch break
1:20pm Depart for field trip. Walking in Newtown, bus to Victoria University Campus, walk to Wellington Botanic Garden and through to Wellington CBD and waterfront
4pm Aftrenoon tea and Discussion: Developing an agenda for optimisation of UGS values in resilient New Zealand cities.
Venue: CBD or waterfront café tbc
5pm Finish. Participants make own way back to UOW, travel departure points or accommodation.

Teaching staff  (further contributors to be confirmed)

Dr Paul Blaschke is the coordinator of environmental health teaching in the Public Health Department of University of Otago, Wellington, and an independent ecological and environmental consultant.

Dr Danielle Shanahan is the Manager of Conservation, Research, Learning and Experience at Zealandia Sanctuary, and formerly a Research Fellow in the Australian Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, based in Brisbane.

Dr Vivienne Ivory is Principal Social Scientist, Opus Research, and Research Fellow, Health Inequalities Research Programme, Department of Public Health, University of Otago Wellington.

Assoc. Prof Ralph Chapman is Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Geography, Environment at Victoria University of Wellington, and a co-director of the Centre for Sustainable Cities Resilient Urban Futures Programme.

Dr Rebecca Kiddle, Ngāti Porou and Ngā Puhi, is a Lecturer in the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington.

Carl Whittleston is Transportation Manager at New Plymouth City Council and Project Manager for the Council’s “Let’s Go” programme.

Mark Bowater is Manager of Parks at Auckland Council and Deputy Board Chair of the New Zealand Recreation Association.

David Sole is Wellington Gardens Manager and Helena Tobin is Waterfront Place Manager for Wellington City Council.

Course cost and registration

$300 early bird, $400 after 21 December 2016.

A 50% discount is available to full-time students, those unwaged and University of Otago staff.

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