Communicating complex ideas in plain language hasn’t always come easily to Dr Siouxsie Wiles. But it’s something she’s worked hard at throughout her career, and it propelled her into the media spotlight when COVID-19 struck. We talk to the 2021 New Zealander of the Year ahead of her keynote speech at the Future-Fit Aotearoa conference in September.
Ross Copland keeps tabs on the country’s $61 billion infrastructure pipeline as chief executive of Te Waihanga, the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission.
We caught up with her to look at some of the issues that local government is grappling with, including the impact of the Government’s “Future for Local Government” initiative.
Talk to the engineers and designers who developed Auckland’s new ferry terminal and waterfront on the Downtown Ferry Terminal and Quay Street Enhancement Future-Fit Aotearoa Tour. We spoke to Eric van Essen, programme director for Auckland Transport, about the project and the tour.
At Future-Fit Aotearoa, registration includes free tours like 2-In-A-Ute which sees you travel by bus to a stormwater site in need of revitalisation. See first-hand the work small, local and agile teams do to clean up our waterways and learn more about how the programme supports employment though an innovative social franchise model based on a network of micro-businesses.
Sam Johnson’s career has focused on mobilising people around ideas that matter. Sam is the Founder and Chief Executive of Te Hunga Tūoa Student Volunteer Army (SVA) and is well-known for his socially entrepreneurial work that continues to make significant differences in the lives of others. Sam leads a team that designs and operates projects that impact over 65,000 volunteers each year at a primary, secondary and tertiary level across New Zealand. We caught up with him ahead of his keynote address at Future-Fit Aotearoa.
Kiwibank Chief Economist Jarrod Kerr loves the environment, financial markets and everything economics. A keynote speaker at our Future-Fit Aotearoa conference in September, Jarrod shares his insights on the current economic climate in Aotearoa and the global effect of COVID.