We are delighted to confirm the following speakers

Kirsten Bauer 

Theme - Commons and Catchments: “How do we generate spaces of equity and subvert the exclusionary fixity of boundaries”

'Kirsten is a Director of ASPECT Studios, a global, Australian-based, urban design, landscape architectural and green infrastructure design practice.

A respected design leader with 20 years expertise in public realm and infrastructure strategy and design across Australia and internationally. She creates vibrant, vital spaces that inspire creativity, enhance the lives of people and strengthen natural systems. She aspires to foster community, build social capital and resilience and, through design innovation, build competitive global success for the cities in which she works.  

Kirsten has led significant award winning projects across Australia and internationally.  She is a member of several government appointed design review panels and committees as well as being a long standing juror and professional advisor to the University of Melbourne and RMIT University, where she is an Adjunct Professor. Education is fundamental to her thinking and she regularly lectures at universities and industry events globally.

Kirsten is a member of the inaugural Birrarung Council, formed by the Yarra Protection Act, the Victorian Design Review Panel (Office of Victorian Government Architect) and recently co-Creative Director of the 2019 International Festival of Landscape Architecture and the Future Park Competition.’

Jie Hu

Jie has a bachelor degree of architecture from Chongqing University, and two master degrees of landscape architecture from Beijing Forestry University and University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign). He had worked 8 years in Sasaki Associates, USA since 1995 and came back to China in 2003, taught in Tsinghua University and established Department of Landscape Architecture in Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute (THUPDI). In 2012, the Department developed to be a Center and he was promoted to vice-president of THUPDI and director & chief designer of the Center. 

His major research is “Shanshui-city -- exploring sustainable urban development in China” and he wishes that the joy of “Shanshui-Nature” may fill all cities. 

He has led several influential major projects in China and abroad, such as Beijing Olympic Forest Park Planning and Design, Tangshan Nanhu Eco-city Central Park Landscape Planning and Design, Comprehensive Planning of the 2019 Beijing International Horticultural Exposition. His projects have won over a hundred of awards, including 6 ASLA awards and its different chapters’ awards, 29 IFLA APR or IFLA AAPME awards, 13 BALI international awards, 8 Green Good Design awards, 3 Torsanlorenzo international awards, 21 Chinese national-level awards and 38 provincial, municipal and regional awards. 

Jie was teaching in Tsinghua University, Department of Landscape Architecture at School of Architecture, responsible for postgraduate teaching of landscape technology. He has supervised 9 postgraduate students. Meanwhile, he has published over 50 papers, participated and published 8 books, given more than 50 speeches at domestic and overseas conferences and given over 60 lectures in universities and workshops.

He was awarded Lifetime Achievement Award of The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture(CELA) in 2018, Beijing 2007 Foreign experts "Great Wall Friendship Award" and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Torchbearer. 

Jack Thatcher

Jack is based in Tauranga and is of Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Porou and Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti descent. Jack is a master celestial navigator (one of three in NZ) who has been guiding the public to the summit of Mauao sharing his knowledge on Matariki (Pleiades) for over 20 years. Whilst on these tours to the summit, Jack also shares his knowledge passed down from his tupuna/ ancestors on historical sites and landmarks seen from Mauao that are of significance to iwi and hapu of Tauranga Moana.

“Voyaging has enabled me to see the world through the eyes of my ancestors, and what I have seen is a science that is ageless, a science that has sustained a deliberate exploration of an environment that was just as vast to my ancestors as space is to us today” – Jack Thatcher

Before Jack's involvement with the guided tours during Matariki, he had proposed to replace the trig station at the summit of Mauao with an Atea (Celestial Star Compass), as this would enhance the mauri/ vitality on Mauao. Unfortunately, this proposal was declined by kaumatua of Tauranga Moana, so in 2005 Jack received the opportunity and was a vital part for the construction of the second large-sized Atea in Aotearoa. Jack would speak to and share how Polynesian travellers navigated the pacific using the stars and skies for guidance.

Today we see the Atea in a heavily developed area located on reclaimed land that was quarried from one of the local maunga. Jack being an advocate for the protection of whenua Māori/ Māori land, one of his reasons to establish this Atea at Marine Park, Sulphur Point was to become a wāhi tapu/ sacred place and restricted further development to happen. Now you will see this Atea being used as a public artwork that acts as a waka training centre. 


Steven Tupu

Theme – Collaboration and Partnership:  What strategies reorientate practices towards the creation of reconstituted and collaborative fields?

Steven Tupu is the founding principal of Terrain, an award-winning landscape architecture office based in New York. Through his creative leadership, the firm has explored ecologically robust design since 2004. With a practice rooted in the vibrancy and intensity of urban experience, Steven leads his team to richly detailed solutions that transform experiences of nature and the urban. Terrain works within an ecological context - each project, no matter its size, is part of a network of environmental and human connections. Terrain’s projects range from clean water projects in Samoa in the South Pacific to communal spaces for affordable housing to rooftop children’s play spaces to a park for a 62-acre post industrial power station on the Salem, MA waterfront.

Hailing from Wellington, New Zealand, Steven received his Bachelor Degree in Landscape Architecture with Honors from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia in 1993. After completing his studies, he immigrated to the United States where he accrued over 10 years of experience working for Weintraub + diDomenico and Thomas Balsley Associates. In 1999 he was jointly awarded First Prize in the International Design Competition for the East River organized by the Van Alen Institute in NYC.

In early 2004 Steven launched Terrain. Steven is a licensed Landscape Architect, registered in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Steven will share recent case studies with a focus on:

* The creative power of collaborative teaming that results in site-specific design strategies for projects with limited resources.

* The consideration of unique programmatic needs of diverse resident populations and how these needs inform Accessible Design for all - for project types including multi-family and senior housing, shelters and other transitional housing [previously homeless adults, youth, and families; veterans; previously incarcerated individuals].

* The development of innovative ways to build ecologically robust and resilient projects.

Honourable Eugenie Sage

Eugenie Sage has been a Green MP since 2011. She chairs Parliament’s Environment select committee and was Minister of Conservation, Minister for Land Information and Associate Environment Minister (waste) from October 2017-October 2020. She is Green spokesperson for environment, oceans and fisheries, conservation, forestry, land information, emergency management and three waters.

Eugenie values the ability being an MP gives her, to work with communities to protect New Zealand's environment.

“We can and must have wild places across New Zealand, where our natural landscapes are protected, our unique plants and wildlife thrive, and rivers remain clean and healthy, from their source to the sea. A healthy environment is the basis of our wellbeing.”


Dr Natalie Allen

Dr Natalie Allen is an urban strategist and director at The Urban Advisory. Working with central and local government, developer and community clients she specialises in the design and delivery of urban regeneration and renewal programmes, integrated mixed-use neighbourhoods, and community-led development projects. Natalie is also an experienced urban researcher across the topics of housing needs and preferences, medium density neighbourhoods, and design for wellbeing. Working at an urban scale to rethink cities, she believes in a ‘whole systems’ approach to neighbourhood design and in evidence-based decision making to reconfigure the status quo in our built environments. 

James Goodhue

James is a visionary leader in housing and urban regeneration. Having worked on some of New Zealand's largest urban development and regeneration programmes, James brings a wealth of knowledge in the planning and delivery of large-scale, impact-driven projects. He deeply understands cross-stakeholder perspectives, having worked extensively with local communities and across all sectors in property development – private, public, non-profit and Iwi.

James’s experience ranges from community housing developments to urban transformation project’s such as Orakei Bay Village and Tamaki Regeneration (TRC). When you start talking about this sort of scale (i.e. multi-site, mixed-use, thousands of new homes) of project, is when James believes the most impact can be made in cities, neighbourhoods and communities.

In his current role as Associate Project Director for Kāinga Ora on the Eastern Porirua Regeneration Project, a partnership between The Crown, Porirua City Council and Ngati Toa Rangatira, James is responsible for the redevelopment of Kāinga Ora’s existing housing stock of 2,000 state houses. The partnership recognises the need to deliver a diverse range of housing options including tenures, price points and typologies to ensure the needs and aspirations of the community are provided.

New (new to NZ at least) models such as Community Land Trusts provide an alternative to the restricted housing supply options of public & private ownership. James is at the tip of the spear when it comes to CLTs and other innovative housing models in New Zealand - a crucial ingredient to urban regeneration.

Jeffrey Hou

Jeffrey is Professor of Landscape Architecture and the Director of the Urban Commons Lab at the University of Washington, Seattle. His work focuses on public space, democracy, community design, and civic engagement. In a career that spans the Pacific, Hou has worked with indigenous tribes, farmers, and fishers in Taiwan, neighborhood residents in Japan, villagers in China, and inner-city immigrant youths and elders in North American cities, on projects ranging from conservation of wildlife habitats to design of urban open spaces. He has written extensively on the agency of citizens and communities in shaping the built environments, with collaborative publications including Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities (2010) and Design as Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity (2017). He is a co-founder of the Pacific Rim Community Design Network, founded in 1998 to facilitate exchanges and collaboration among community design scholars and practitioners across the Pacific Rim.


Nicki Williams

Nicki is a Landscape Architect working for the Christchurch City Council.  Nicki received a Master’s in Landscape Architecture (MLA) from Lincoln University in 2015 and is a registered member of the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects Tuia Pito Ora.  Nicki is also a member of the Urban Design Forum and Women in Urbanism and was secretary of the NZILA Canterbury/Westland branch for 3 years. 

Prior to completing her MLA, Nicki worked for 15 years as a Chartered Accountant reaching the level of Financial Controller for a local International company.  Nicki is also a Trustee for the newly formed Gather Foundation which is focused on empowering children, young people and their wider communities in co-designing their outdoor environments. 

Nicki is increasingly interested in designing cities that are inclusive and accessible for everyone and is trying to bring this lens to all of her work.  Nicki will be speaking on gender sensitive design which sits under the wider concept of gender mainstreaming.

Anita Bakshi 

Anita is the author of Topographies of Memories: A New Poetics of Commemoration 
(2017, Palgrave Macmillan).

Following several years in architectural practice she received her PhD in the History and Theory of Architecture from Cambridge University with the Conflict in Cities Research Programme. Anita now teaches at Rutgers University, Department of Landscape Architecture. Her research focuses on contested landscapes and histories, environmental justice, and the relationship between architecture and inequality. She engages in design research that explores new forms and processes of memorialization.

Anita has published articles in Journal of Urban Design, e-flux Architecture, Journal of Landscape Architecture, Memory Studies, and International Journal of Islamic Architecture.  Recent publications include Our Land, Our Stories (2019) and “Contaminated Representations.”   

William Hatton  

William Hatton is a Māori Landscape Architect at Boffa Miskell Ltd, Auckland. Hailing from Te Matau ā Maui, he proudly affiliates to Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Raukawa, Rangitāne and Muaūpoko. He completed his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Landscape Architecture from Victoria University of Wellington in 2016 and 2018 respectively. He is a member of Tuia Pito Ora / NZILA, executive committee and Pae Tahi member of Ngā Aho / Māori Designers Network, member of Te Tau-ā-Nuku / Māori Landscape Architects, executive committee member (Ngā Aho representative) of the Urban Design Forum, and committee member of the NZILA Auckland Branch.

William's rootedness within Te Ao Māori has influenced the ways in which he designs, engages and works within practice. He has worked across many disciplines – education, research, iwi and community consultation/engagement, masterplanning and design, incorporating the importance of Te Ao Māori within Aotearoa landscapes. He aspires to grow the importance of our unique identity within the profession, allowing space for tāngata whenua and community to interpret and see their faces within their spaces.

He brings both a rangatahi and indigenous perspective of what landscape architecture means within Aotearoa. He will share the importance of ‘intergenerational kōrero’ showcasing the importance of tuākana/teina relationships and how we facilitate kōrero for placemaking and design opportunities through reciprocal and Māori-based processes.


William Creighton

William is in his final year of his Master of Architecture degree, and embarking on a study of queer body politics in non-urban conditions. His interest in the politicisation of space in discourse and industry practice was sparked while organising DISSENT 2019, a student-run Australasian conference. The conference hosted speakers who openly discussed decolonisation, bias in practice and gender in architecture. William was inspired to investigate the field more and moved to Copenhagen to study political architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In William’s time out of the studio, he enjoys teaching undergraduate students, making ceramic pottery and taking photographs on a vintage camera.


Carl Lucca

Carl is Tauranga City Council’s Programme Director for Urban Communities and provides strategic direction to support the sustainable growth of the city’s existing communities. Carl is an experienced urban planner and designer with a demonstrated history of working with local government, government agencies and the private sector. His approach to planning growth has a strong emphasis on multi disciplinary project leadership and partnership with mana whenua and key stakeholders, supported by a background in urban design, planning and landscape architecture. Most recently, Carl has led the preparation of Tauranga’s Te Papa Spatial Plan and ongoing programme delivery.


Mark Lockhart 

Mark developed a love of trees from a young age in Taranaki that led him to study Landscape architecture where he has practised in Auckland for almost 25 years. Despondence in the lack of tree protection and poorly considered in-fill housing led Mark to undertake less paid work and develop   active involvement with protecting our urban ngahere.  Mark is a member of The Tree Council and participates in advocacy and protest action. Through this work Mark has gained insight to the challenges and opportunities of establishing “green” urban frameworks.

The loss of large trees throughout New Zealand and lack of protection or respect for them has been compounded by poor planning, monitoring and decision making.  This is most evident in the urban landscape where it has been exacerbated by the removal of blanket tree protection rules in 2012. 

Urban ngahere is vital for well-being and sense of identity across a number of levels, yet the everyday impacts of tree loss is under-scrutinised and overridden by the logics of property. A balance between housing supply and environmental protection is desperately needed. This presentation discusses how finally people power is starting to have an impact upon government departments and territorial authorities who desperately need to “step up”.


Paul Quinlan

Paul Quinlan is a landscape architect and proponent of multi-purpose indigenous forestry. He is a trustee of Tāne’s Tree Trust, convenor of the Northland Tōtara Working Group, and a regional advisor for Trees That Count. He has experience in sustainable indigenous forest management, from establishment through to harvesting - particularly with regenerating tōtara on farmland in Northland and manages several research projects on that topic.

The relationships between land use and the rural production landscape have become his area of professional interest.


Hinerangi Himiona

Theme – Collaboration and Partnership:  ‘Mana i te whenua’ reminds us that we who draw our whakapapa from the land we inhabit have an obligation to use, share and celebrate the land in ways that acknowledge it and provide sustainably for our current and future generations.

Hinerangi is from Ngāpuhi and Ngati Toa Rangatira iwi and resides in her ancestral rohe of Taiāmai which rises up and is surrounded by volcanic cones between the Hokianga in the west and Pewhairangi (Bay of Islands) in the east.  She is a descendant of many signatories to He Whakapūtanga and Te Tiriti o Waitangi and is deeply committed to honouring and enlivening the understandings, agreements and aspirations her tupuna had for a better place and future for their descendants.  

Hinerangi is a highly regarded independent contractor. Although she works across a range of disciplines in the public, private and iwi/hapu sector, her primary interest and capability is working on Māori cultural heritage and creative design projects.

Mana i te whenua is a phrase in He Whakapūtanga (1835), it refers to the authority that resides within the land, an acknowledgement that the land is life, it is our mother, Papatuānuku.  Māori communities once organised themselves within hapū (kinship groups). These groups drew and absorbed the Mana i te whenua, the physical and spiritual sustenance that influenced, shaped, sustained and strengthen their unique hapū identities.  Mana i te whenua was expressed and celebrated through the development of unique vocabularies, creative expressions in sculpture, prose, oratory and unique expressions of manaakitanga; and unique provision of goods and services known to that area and those people.

Hinerangi asks the question, after 200 years of contact with pakeha, the experience and experiment of colonisation of Aotearoa, the settlement of many Waitangi Tribunal claims, and the development of new Crown and iwi/hapu Māori relationships, how are the aspirations in Te Tiriti o Waitangi being included, expressed and lived in the area of landscape architecture in Aotearoa New Zealand today. 


Mark Lewis

Mark is a Landscape Architect at Boffa Miskell in Auckland.

Mark is well known for working collaboratively across professional disciplines, and his inclusive and positive approach to design has delivered many seminal projects in green engineering and water sensitive design. 

Mark has a particular passion for streams and rivers, and the way in which they enliven and enhance urban environments. On any given stormy day, Mark can be seen peering over bridges at a stream in full flight, and any given sunny day planting alongside communities, to bring their neighbourhoods back to life.

Te Auaunga is a urban floodplain project in the heart of Mt Roskill that restored and daylighted over 2km of streams. It was a collaborative design and construction project with mana whenua and the local community. The project created several hectares of native forest and many areas of ‘natural play’ including the first traditional play area (māra hūpara) in a public park.


Matt Wakelin

As a recent Masters’ graduate of Landscape Architecture, Matt is fascinated with the overlapping ecological, cultural and geological temporalities of Aotearoa’s landscapes, and the potential that these have in structuring unique and diverse identities within our designed environments to create meaningful ways that we can inhabit and experience space. His passion for Landscape Architecture emerges from childhood interests in art and gardening, drawing strong inspiration from my tūrangawaewae - the rich natural landscapes of the Tutukākā Coast, Taitokerau (Northland) and my Māori, Samoan and Pākehā heritages. This passion has led Matt through a variety of investigations during his studies which utilise the interdisciplinary nature of Landscape Architecture to reimagine ways we can approach infrastructure and urbanism with emphasis on improving spatial equity, water quality and sense of belonging.  

Current urban issues such as gentrification, sprawl, lack of community/diversity and degrading environments demand reimagination of the logics that underpin urban land development. Investigations during his landscape architecture Masters thesis based in Cannon’s Creek, Eastern Porirua, connected theories of Polynesian spatial thinkers with ways of designing urban landscapes. Here Matt considered ‘new’ cosmogenies that codified relationships as spatial, relational and geographical networks or ‘alaga’ which saw increased agency in the existing landscape. These findings provoked a reimagining within systems of inhabitation towards the living landscape as compact, diverse and community focused embracing of values as a South Pacific nation. This presentation will touch on methodological innovations that were born from this design research that challenge the dualistic and hierarchical spatial notions of inside and outside that prevailing urbanisms tend to rely on. Implications on equity will be discussed.


Jakob Sandell Sørensen

Jakob Sandell Sørensen is an associate partner and Head of Sustainability at Schønherr, a Danish landscape and planning studio. He is a member of the committee for Circular Economy under the Danish Association of Landscape Architects, and also serves on the Criteria Committee, advising on the ongoing development of the Danish versions of the sustainability certification standard DGNB. He regularly serves as guest lecturer and mentor at the University of Copenhagen, department of Landscape Architecture.

Jakob will share his thoughts on the role of landscape architects and landscape architecture in the push towards a more sustainable future, with a focus on:

  • A short summery of the scale of the problems facing us, highlighting the environmental impacts of the construction industry today, as seen from a Danish perspective.
  • A status of the work done by The Danish Association of Landscape Architects, who recently published the first edition of a guide in circular economy for landscape architects. A guide that includes a language for documenting levels of circularity in existing or new landscape projects.
  • An outline for a toolbox for landscape architects, a set of guidelines for circular design thinking – a list of focus points that are relevant in most landscape projects seeking to minimize their environmental footprint.

Most of the problems with lack of sustainability are created in the design phase – and those problems must therefore be resolved through the way we design.


Yvonne Taura

Yvonne Taura (Ngāiterangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Uenuku) is a kairangahau Māori for Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research (Hamilton). Her research interests are working collaboratively with iwi and hapū on various projects that implement kaupapa Māori approaches and processes. Yvonne co-edited Te Reo o Te Repo – The Voice of the Wetland, a wetland handbook that focuses on Māori values and aspirations for wetland restoration. Most recently, Yvonne partnered with the Science Learning Hub to transform the handbook into bilingual digital wetland educational resources called Tuihonoa Te Reo o Te Repo, targeted at kura (schools) to encourage reconnecting with their local wetlands. Yvonne is currently undertaking her doctoral studies, at the University of Waikato, which focuses on developing appropriate ways of communicating Māori-centred science research to Māori communities.

Ngā hurihanga o Hine-i-te-repo – The changing cycles of Hine-i-te-repo

As Aotearoa New Zealand has lost more than 90% of our original repo (wetlands), Māori have become increasingly concerned about the mauri (life force) of this culturally significant ecosystem. Te Reo o Te Repo – The Voice of the Wetland handbook responds to specific needs identified by Māori in developing culturally focused research projects and collating best practice restoration techniques, to increase the health and well-being of repo in their rohe (region). Within a landscape context, we take a look at the feminine nature of repo, centred around atua wāhine (female deities) such as Hine-i-te-repo (swamp maiden), where raw beauty is on display throughout the various seasons of the year. Wetland design can play a role in embracing the unique nature of repo, the ever changing cycles of wāhine, through both an ecological and cultural lens. 


Dean Flavell

Dean Flavell is of Tapuika, Ngāti Whakaue descent. He is the Chairman of Ngā Poutiri Ao ō Mauao whom are a management arm of the Mauao Trust that co-manage the operational function of Mauao with hapu, iwi and council of Tauranga Moana. Dean is also Tauranga City Council’s Manager of Cultural Heritage where he was presented with a Tauranga Heritage award. He has dedicated much of his professional life to the valuable taonga/ precious objects as a custodian of the of Tauranga Moana Collection. With Deans experience as a tohunga whakairo/ master carver, he led the restoration of Te Awanui, one of the ceremonial waka of Tauranga Moana that was carved from a 300-year-old kauri tree.

Dean is also the Chairman for Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority who are a co-governance partnership mandated to restore, protect and enhance the environmental, cultural and spiritual health and well-being of the Kaituna River. Dean was an important part of Te Pourepo o Kaituna, a project creating a new wetland beside the Kaituna River and planned to be a total of 70 hectares by 2023.

"We set a target through Te Tini a Tuna — the Kaituna River Action Plan, of restoring 200 hectares of wetland in the Kaituna catchment by 2029. The Te Pourepo project is helping to deliver on that and on our vision of a healthy Kaituna awa that's protected for current and future generations" – Dean Flavell

This project has formed partnerships between iwi, regional council, and partner agencies to restore a wetland and achieving goals set by tangata whenua and the community. Today the overall project is being delivered in four stages and involves a suite of works including installation of 'fish friendly' water intake controls, earthworks to assist with wetland formation, an extensive planting programme, ongoing weed control efforts, and rehydration of the former floodplain area. These key objectives plan to enhance the existing wetland and restore a natural area to better support the wellbeing of local wildlife and people.


Mary Hill

Mary is a Partner at Tauranga law firm Cooney Lees Morgan.  She advises local authorities and private clients on all aspects of resource management law and works closely with councils on a range of policy and strategy matters.  She appears regularly as an advocate at all levels of the court system.  Mary has a particular interest in landscape issues and has appeared in a number of leading cases involving landscape issues in the coastal environment, both at the Plan development stage (eg. forestry on Matakana Island) and the consenting stage (eg. power infrastructure over Te Awanui / Tauranga Harbour).  Mary is currently the President of the Resource Management Law Association. 


Kirsti Luke

Kirsti Luke is the Chief Executive of the Tūhoe Tribal Authority and has been involved in the development of Tūhoe Tribal affairs for over 15 years. She is a lawyer by trade and holds management qualifications.  She has been a key member of the Tūhoe and Crown Treaty negotiations with the NZ government settling in 2013.  Since then she has been responsible and committed to the raising of pride and optimism amongst neglected communities.  She is active in building the new Generation Tūhoe Authority to raise a zest and vibe for life; evolve an economy that relies upon the bounty of the land naturally living within her disciplines and constraints and to emphasise a permanency of tradition and belief for the wonder of nature; the inexplicable connection of land and people and for our greater understanding of what is our role and relationship with our lands and our futures.