The Greatest Contribution (panel discussion)

What is the greatest contribution this land could make to Christchurch and to New Zealand?

Thursday 22 June 2017
6:00 – 7.30pm
The Piano, 156 Armagh Street

An eco-village, a regenerated native ecosystem and inclusive, intergenerational planning were just some of the bold ideas put forward by four thought leaders as part of the discussion about the ‘Greatest Contribution’ the red zone – the 600 hectares of land connecting the city to the sea along the Ōtākaro Avon River –  could make to our city and to the nation.

Click here to watch the full video of the conversation.


The panellists:

Marjan van den Belt is an Ecological Economist, Associate Professor, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability) at Victoria University of Wellington. Her interests are transdisciplinary, spanning urban, agricultural and conservation land, and rivers, coastal and marine waters as they relate to human wellbeing.

Marjan’s expertise is in natural capital and ecosystem services and she has worked with iwi on social ecological entrepreneurship.

She holds a PhD in Marine Estuarine Environmental Science from the University of Maryland, in the United States and a Master of Business Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands. Marjan co-founded a co-housing/eco-village in the US and was a Strategy Advisor to a sustainability oriented hedge fund in the Netherlands.


Philippa Howden-Chapman is a professor of public health at the University of Otago, Wellington, where she teaches public policy. She is the director of He Kainga Oranga/ Housing and Health Research Programme and the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities; chair of the World Health Organization Housing and Health Guideline Development Group, the International Science Council Urban Health and Well-Being Committee and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

In partnership with local communities, Philippa has conducted randomised community housing trials which have influenced housing, health and energy policies. She is strongly interested in reducing health-related inequalities and has published widely in this area, winning awards for this work. In 2014, her research team was awarded the Prime Minister’s Science Prize. She was the first woman and the first social scientist to win the prize.


Joseph Hullen (Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāi Tahu) is Senior Whakapapa Registration Advisor at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. He has a special interest in Mātauranga Māori and Tikanga Māori and how this knowledge helps us to better understand early land use in New Zealand and make better decisions about future land development.

Joseph serves on a number of Boards and Trusts including Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board, Te Kōhaka o Tuhaitara Trust which administers the Tuhaitara Coastal Park, and Matapopore Charitable Trust which represents the interests of Ngāi Tūāhuriri as they relate to the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan (CCRP).

He has spent a lifetime gathering traditional kai and listening to stories about his hapū Ngāi Tūāhuriri. He is a hunter gatherer, a fisherman, an explorer, a kaitiaki and a storyteller.


Rod Oram has 40 years’ experience as an international business journalist. He is adjunct professor at Auckland University of Technology and a frequent public speaker on business, economics, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.

Rod contributes to Nine to Noon on Radio New Zealand, newsroom.co.nz and the Larry Williams programme on Newstalk ZB. Recent publications include Reinventing Paradise (2007) and Three Cities: Seeking Hope in the Anthropocene (2016). He helps fast-growing New Zealand companies through The ICEHOUSE, the entrepreneurship centre at AUT’s Business School. Rod was a founding trustee and the second chairman of Akina Foundation, which helps social enterprises develop their business models in areas of sustainability. He has received a number of awards and in 2010 was Columnist of the Year for his editorial in Good, a consumer sustainability magazine.


Chaired by: 

Jacky Bowring is a professor of Landscape Architecture at Lincoln University, Christchurch. Originally a geographer, she is fascinated by sense of place, especially in relation to memory and landscape.

She has written two books on melancholy (A Field Guide to Melancholy (2009) and Melancholy and the Landscape: Locating Sadness, Memory and Reflection in the Landscape (2017) and has published widely.

She has been successful in a range of competitions and was a finalist in the Pentagon Memorial Design Competition (with Room 4.1.3), and on the winning team for the 48 Hour Design Challenge for the Christchurch Post-Earthquake Rebuild.



Date: July 03, 2017