A highlight of attending conference is being introduced to our exhibitors. At #NZPIC23 the exhibitors hall will sit at the hub of conference, and in the centre of the Te Pae Convention centre. 

This area will be full of informative stands that promote the incredible work going on in the planning and environmental professions in Aotearoa. We’d like to take this moment to introduce exhibitors from the National Science Challenge who are doing important research to support resilient planning for New Zealand’s future.

The National Science Challenges were established in 2014 and aim to tackle the biggest science-based issues and opportunities facing New Zealand. The Challenges bring together the country’s top scientists to work collaboratively across disciplines, institutions and borders to achieve their objectives. There are 11 challenges in total and several of these are drawing on the knowledge of NZPI and the planning industry. Three challenges will be featured at #NZPIC23.

The challenges to look out for at NZPI Conference on 19-21 April are:

Resilience National Science Challenge

The Resilience NSC or Resilience to Natures Challenges / Kia manawaroa - Ngā Ākina o Te Ao Tūroa is a group of researchers and their allied partners working to enhance New Zealand’s ability to anticipate, adapt and thrive in the face of ever-changing natural hazards. The objective of this challenge is to enhance New Zealand’s resilience to natural disasters. In the face of increased weather events caused by the ongoing impact of climate change, this work has never been more important!

The team behind this challenge is developing technical resilience solutions and applying them in high-priority geographic and economic settings. This includes developing Māori-specific tools and business strategies to make communal assets more resilient and enhance kaitiakitanga.

In rural economies this work is aimed at strengthening value chains and using future scenarios to identify effective interventions. In cities, the Challenge looks to build-in resilience in growing populations, housing, and transport systems. For our vulnerable coastlines, the Challenge will integrate community and governance views to design innovative pathways that balance our desire to live near the sea with resilience to the hazards brought about by sea level rise and climate change.

Building Better Homes Towns and Cities

The Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities challenge is seeking to improve the quality and supply of housing and create smart and attractive environments through:

  • improving housing stock
  • meeting future demand for affordable housing
  • taking up innovation and productivity improvement opportunities
  • improving current and future urban environments and resident’s well-being
  • better systems for improved land-use decisions.

Research outcomes will support New Zealanders to embrace change and to understand what sustainable and effective-land use means for our 21st century lives.

Deep South National Science Challenge

The Deep South NSC is working to understand the role of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean in determining New Zealand’s future climate and how the impact this role has on key economic sectors, infrastructure and natural resources. This will enable New Zealanders to adapt, manage risk and thrive in a changing climate.

Through collaboration with communities and industry, the Challenge will guide planning and policy to enhance resilience and exploit opportunities.

The Challenge framework of 5 linked programmes will connect society with scientists, and combine community engagement with a world-class earth systems model to better predict New Zealand’s climate.

Register now for #NZPIC23 and come and meet our exhibitors from the National Science Challenge and many more. Exhibitors can be found in the conference all at the Te Pae convention centre. 

Download the full conference programme here