Seminar: Increasing walking and cycling in NZ cities

You are warmly invited to hear 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. We will also discuss Wellington’s progress on cycling infrastructure. Speakers: Michael Keall, Ralph Chapman, Sarah Free. Time: Thursday 16th April 2015, noon – 1 pm, Place: Adam Auditorium, City Gallery, ground floor, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington.

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

Robin Kearns: Child-friendly city would let us ease up on cotton wool

Last week a driver – a parent herself – sadly missed seeing three children step out to cross the road. Their subsequent injuries were unquestionably tragic. I feel for them, their families and the driver. But an additional sadness is revealed by the comment by one of the police officers responding to the crash. They said it was “unacceptable” for young children to be walking to school without adult supervision. My question is: unacceptable to whom?

Posted in behaviour change and news & events and NZ policy issues and urban design on 19 February 2015 – 3:32 pm