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Scala Seminar: The Political Fault Lines in the Rebuilding of the Energy Infrastructure in Post-disaster Christchurch

8 Aug, Auckland

CPD points: 0.5

By Prof. Hugh Byrd and Assoc. Prof Steve Matthewman, School of Architecture, Unitec Institute of Technology & 2Head of Sociology, University of Auckland

Hosted by the disciplines of Landscape Architecture & Architecture, Unitec Institute of Technology invites you to bring your lunch and attend a free public seminar on Thurs 8th August, 2019, 12.30-1.30pm.

The devastation of the city centre of Christchurch after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes presented an opportunity to rebuild infrastructure in a coordinatedand efficient manner to allow for a city that was energy efficient, low carbon, resilient and provided both energy security and justice. The research described in this paper records the processes taken to attempt to rebuild the energy infrastructure. The story is one of political decisions overriding appropriate technology and ultimately is a lesson in how not to handle the implementation of post-disaster energy infrastructure. Lack of clarity in decision making by central government and then not pursuing consultant’s recommendations led to a scheme that was effectively abandoned in 2016 and described as ‘a total failure’. The presentation records the critical events that occurred and explains why the proposed energy infrastructure was both politically and technologically inappropriate.

This research was supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ) Marsden Fund ‘Power Politics: Electricity and Sustainability in Post-Disaster Ōtautahi (Christchurch)’.

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Thurs 8th August, 2019, 12.30-1.30pm.

Building 1
Room 2075 (Lecture Theatre 1, level 2)
Unitec Institute of Technology
Entry 1, Carrington Rd
Mt Albert

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