Regional climate change strategy

We made a submission to Greater Wellington Regional Council on their new climate change strategy. We strongly support the draft climate change strategy in principle. But we are concerned that the Council will simply endorse the strategy and then leave it on the shelf. This would be an opportunity lost.

Posted in climate change and NZ policy issues and urban governance on 16 April 2015 – 3:15 pm

Seminar: Increasing walking and cycling in NZ cities

Michael Keall and Ralph Chapman speak about our new study showing that the Model Communities Programme, which provided government funding for walking and cycling in two NZ cities, has been successful in stopping the general decline in healthy, active travel. Sarah Free discusses Wellington’s progress on cycling infrastructure.

Posted in behaviour change and news & events and NZ policy issues and research and transport and urban design and urban governance on 25 March 2015 – 8:27 am

Seminar: Housing matters for health

Hear the highlights on housing and its effects on health from the research team that won the 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Prize, including our own Philippa Howden-Chapman. Time: Wednesday 15 April 2015, noon-1 pm, Place: Nordmeyer Lecture Theatre, Level D, University of Otago Wellington, 23a Mein Street, Newtown.

Posted in health and housing & building and news & events and NZ policy issues and research and urban design on 25 March 2015 – 7:42 am

Wellington region’s land transport future

The type and quality of transport networks in an urban area have a large impact on quality of life for residents, and are a critical element in supporting future sustainable development and a low-carbon economy. So we made a submission to the Greater Wellington Regional Council on the draft regional land transport plan.

Posted in NZ policy issues and transport and urban governance on 6 March 2015 – 11:49 am

Seminar: Cities tackling climate change: the European Climate-KIC

Ian Short is chief executive of the Institute for Sustainability in the UK, and governing board member of the Climate-KIC, set up by the European Commission in 2010 to become Europe’s catalyst for climate change innovation. His seminar in Wellington is now on video.

Posted in climate change and news & events and urban governance and video & audio on 24 February 2015 – 9:16 am