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Hoki Mai Te Wao - The Return of the Forest

13 Oct, Online

The upcoming seminars a special topic presentation, presented by Mikade Barns-Graham and Rebecca Stokes – Christchuch City Council and Sport Canterbury 


Hoki Mai Te Wao (The Return of the Forest) was the winning concept of the 2021 Smart Seeds programme. The team of young professionals working in and around Christchurch chose the challenge of integrating more green infrastructure into the city. 

Using the design thinking process, they were given 10 weeks to innovate and come up with an innovative, practical and viable product. The result was Hoki Mai Te Wao - sustainable, functional pop-up pods that integrate nature and infrastructure. These pods are part of a three-horizon approach which will lead to the ultimate goal of a policy-driven and immersive green city that is recognised for its benefits to community wellbeing and the ecology of Ōtautahi Christchurch.

The team has received investment to create the first Pod, working with the Green Lab. 


Mikade works in Marketing at the Christchurch City Council. She is passionate about climate change and encouraging positive behaviour so we can live sustainably and plan for the future. Before living in Christchurch, she studied at the University of Otago and Aston University in Birmingham. 

Rebecca joined the healthy active learning team this year working with primary and intermediate teachers and increasing their confidence with teaching PE. She works as part of the participation pathways team and has interests in health/ physical education, increasing wellbeing and general physical activity. The ultimate goal would be to influence the way that we live to create a healthy and sustainable future.




Wednesday 13th October 2021

1 pm to 2 pm (NZST).

Online only

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