Helen Clark

Helen is a former Prime Minister of New Zealand. Currently she is the Administrator for the United Nations Development Programme.

Kevin McCloud

Kevin has visited Christchurch twice since the earthquakes and helped instigate and judge the Breathe (Residential Demonstration Project) competition to design one of the city blocks. Here he writes about the contribution that imagination brings to placemaking and how his experiences in growing his own development company have led him to believe that Christchurch should take a radical step and regrow as a ground-up collaboration between community and designers.

Rebecca Macfie

Rebecca is a senior writer for the Listener. Since starting out in journalism in 1988 she has written for the Christchurch Star, the Press, National Business ReviewIndependent Business Weekly, North&South, Unlimited magazine and the NZ Herald. She lives in Christchurch. In 2013 she wrote Tragedy at Pike River Mine: how and why 29 men died, about the 2010 mine explosion on New Zealand’s West Coast.

Sally Blundell

Dr Sally Blundell is a freelance journalist and editor living in Christchurch. She writes for a number of magazines locally and internationally and, in 2007, edited Look This Way: New Zealand writers on New Zealand artists (AUP), which was short-listed for the Montana New Zealand Book Awards.

Roger Sutton

Before he was appointed as CEO at CERA, Mr Sutton was the Chief Executive Officer of Orion New Zealand Limited, a position he held for eight years. He was also chairman of the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority.

David Sheppard

Qualified as an architect and urban designer, David has been in practice now since 1967, working in the USA, UK and New Zealand. He has been resident in Christchurch since 1975. In 1982 he formed Sheppard & Rout Architects with fellow Architect Jonty Rout. In the ensuing 32 years he has carried out a diverse range of architectural and urban design projects throughout New Zealand and overseas. David is immediate past president of the NZIA and an adjunct Professor of the University of Auckland.

Gary Franklin

Gary is a trustee of Life in Vacant Spaces Charitable Trust, and a volunteer with New Zealand Business Mentors and Poetica, the Urban Poetry Project. He has worked as a consultant and technologist in the US, Europe, and now New Zealand.

Dr Suzanne Vallance

Dr Vallance is a Lecturer in Urban Studies at Lincoln University, with particular interests in urban planning and policy for sustainability and resilience. Her research focuses on the collective ways in which we can make our cities and settlements better, safer, healthier places to live. Her research areas include the future of cities and city-regions, the meanings and practices associated with urban sustainability and resilience, co-creating knowledge for disaster risk reduction, and exploring ways in which formal and informal planning approaches diverge.

Dr Stuart Candy

Stuart Candy, PhD, works around the world as a strategist, educator, facilitator and producer of transmedia interventions. Currently based in Toronto, he is director of the Situation Lab and Assistant Professor of Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University. Stuart helped launch the Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA) in post-earthquake Christchurch, worked on the award-winning ‘massively multiplayer forecasting game’ Superstruct, and served as advisor to the Future We Want project for the United Nations Rio+20 Summit.

Barnaby Bennett

Barnaby is an award-winning designer and has worked on community architecture projects in Christchurch, Australia, Colombo, Samoa, Vancouver and Johannesburg. Since moving to Christchurch in early 2012 Barnaby has supported a number of projects such as the Festival of Transitional Architecture and co-edited Christchurch: The Transitional City Part IV. He is currently completing his PhD thesis through UTS, Sydney, which examines the relationship between the public and temporary architecture.

Stephen Judd

Stephen Judd moved to Christchurch from Wellington in 2012 to set up the Christchurch branch of a large NZ ICT company. In his spare time he plays capoeira, dabbles in politics and rides bicycles.

John McCrone

John is a senior journalist at the Press in Christchurch and has written extensively about different post-quake issues including analyses of the Blueprint and the Innovation Precinct. This article first appeared in the Press on 8 March 2014.

Claes Caldenby

Claes Caldenby is an architect. He has been the editor of Arkitektur, the Swedish review of architecture, since 1977. His main interest has been in twentieth-century architecture, especially Swedish post-war developments, ranging from the social and political conditions of planning and building to an interest in the nurturing of an architectural culture. Since 1998 Caldenby has been a professor in the theory and history of architecture at Chalmers University of Technology. He has written some 70 books.

Matthew Galloway

Matthew Galloway is a lecturer at the Otago Polytechnic School of Design. His practice is often concerned with examining visual identities and the implications of branding. In 2011 he began publishing The Silver Bulletin — a quarterly art and design publication based in Christchurch — for which he fulfils the role of editor and designer.

Gerard Smyth

Gerard Smyth began his screen career in 1969 as a cameraman for the state broadcaster NZBC. Since turning director 30 years ago, he has directed over 80 documentaries on everything from the disabled to the arts. Qantas-nominated for his 2008 feature documentary on cinematographer Alun Bollinger, Smyth was awarded ‘Best Director, Documentary’ at the NZ Television Awards for his 2011 When a City Falls, an acclaimed account of the quakes in his hometown of Christchurch.

Liam Dann

Liam is Business Editor at the New Zealand Herald. He was born and raised in Christchurch, growing up in Beckenham and Cashmere. He has a BA in Sociology from Canterbury University.

Nick Sargent

Born and raised in Christchurch, Nick Sargent is a graduate architect and architectural educator with 8 years’ experience working for architectural practices and universities in New Zealand, Australia and Asia.

Gerard Cleary

Gerard is a special counsel in Anthony Harper’s property team specialising in resource management law. Since the earthquakes in Canterbury, he has advised clients on the wide-ranging implications of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011. Gerard has also represented clients in the development of the various recovery plans prepared under this legislation.

Natalie Jones

Natalie graduated from the University of Canterbury with an LLB (Hons) and a BSc in physics. She is an admitted barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. In 2013 she co-founded the Canterbury branch of Law For Change, an organisation aiming to enable students and recent graduates to use their legal skills to benefit the community.

Johnny Moore

Johnny is the co-owner of Smash Palace and writes a regular column for the Press.

Ryan Reynolds

Dr Ryan Reynolds received his PhD from Canterbury University for putting forward a new theory of political action via performance, and is a long-standing performer and designer with experimental troupe Free Theatre Christchurch. He co-founded and now chairs the Gap Filler Trust, a charitable initiative combining architecture, design and performance to activate vacant city sites with temporary creative projects. He is presently a researcher in the Faculty of Environment, Society and Design at Lincoln University.

Bronwyn Hayward

Bronwyn Hayward is a senior lecturer in political science at the University of Canterbury, a trustee of the London think tank Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development and a Visiting Fellow for the Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group, University of Surrey. An advocate for children, youth and deliberative democracy, her book Children, Citizenship and Environment: Nurturing a Democratic Imagination in a Changing World (London, Earthscan/Routledge) was selected as a feature of the ‘LitCam: Active Citizenship’ event at the Frankfurt Bookfair 2012.

Michael Gorman

Michael is the City Missioner at the City Mission in Christchurch.

Philippa Howden-Chapman, Amber L. Pearson, Rosemary Goodyear, Elinor Chisholm, Kate Amore, Graciela Rivera-Muñoz & Esther Woodbury

Dr Philippa Howden-Chapman is a public health professor and director of He Kainga Oranga-Housing and Health Research Programme at the University of Otago, Wellington, where Kate Amore, Elinor Chisholm, Graciela Rivera-Muñoz and Esther Woodbury are, or have been, doctoral students. Dr Amber L. Pearson is a health geographer with a focus on social justice and understanding. Dr Rosemary Goodyear is a senior analyst in housing at Statistics New Zealand and has published research on crowding and commuting patterns.

Simon Kingham

Simon is a Professor in the Geography Department at the University of Canterbury, where he is also Director of the GeoHealth Laboratory. He researches and teaches on a range of urban issues including sustainable urban development, transport, health and air pollution.

Jessica Halliday

Dr Jessica Halliday is an architectural historian. She is the director of the Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA) and founder of the Christchurch Centre for Architecture and the City.

Rebecca Kiddle and Amiria Kiddle

Dr Rebecca Kiddle is interested in the intersection between social processes and space. In particular, her research focuses on the role of urban design in creating place identity and the transfer of urban design ideas across cultures. Amiria is involved in the Ōtautahi Christchurch rebuild, working in the fields of architecture and art. Her interests lie in the relationship between Māori and New Zealand identity.

Claudia Mattogno

Claudia is Professor of Urban Planning at the Universita La Sapienza in Rome. Her main fields of research are urban design, community spaces, and gender studies. She has recently focused on the idea of the public in good in post-quake L’Aquila, where she was living just before 2009.

Luke Engleback

Studio Engleback was formed in 1996 and has been involved in many projects that deal with the interface between urbanism, ecology and environmental sustainability employing a whole-system approach, termed ecourbanism. Luke Engleback, a chartered landscape architect and ecourbanist with over 30 years’ experience of environmental design and planning, leads the studio.

Peter Cockrem and Clayton Prest

Generation Zero is a youth-led organisation with the central purpose of providing solutions for New Zealand to cut carbon pollution through smarter transport, liveable cities and independence from fossil fuels.Peter Cockrem studied engineering, worked as a transportation engineer in Christchurch and Sydney and is part of Generation Zero’s policy team.Clayton studied architecture and is Generation Zero Christchurch’s external relations coordinator, while working on the WikiHouse project.

Juliet Arnott

Juliet is the founder of Rekindle, an artist and occupational therapist. She works to reduce disposal of wood to landfill in New Zealand via waste-based design and making. Juliet sees both prophylactic and remedial therapeutic benefit in working creatively with waste, and is inspired by this degree of resourcefulness being fundamental to healthy resilient communities. She remains dedicated to enabling the transformation that occurs when recovered resources are made useful.

Giovanni Tiso

Giovanni Tiso is an Italian writer and translator based in Aotearoa New Zealand. In 2006 he completed a PhD at Wellington’s Victoria University on the relationship between memory and technology. He’s a featured writer for the Australian literary journal Overland and blogs at Bat, Bean, Beam.

Shamubeel Eaqub

Shamubeel Eaqub is a macroeconomist, who grew up and studied in Lincoln. He has worked as an economist since 2001 in various private sector organisations and is currently at NZIER, a private economic consultancy.

Raf Manji

Raf is a member of the Christchurch City Council. He is heading the Council’s difficult post-quake finances and is a social entrepreneur with a background in finance, community and enterprise.

Marcus Westbury 

Marcus Westbury is a broadcaster, writer, media maker and festival director who has been responsible for some of Australia’s more innovative, unconventional and successful cultural projects and events. He has also worked across a range of media as a writer, producer, director and presenter covering fields as diverse as culture, art, media, urban planning, sport and politics. In 2008 Marcus founded Renew Newcastle with his own funds and energy.

Eric Crampton

From 2003 until July 2014, Dr Eric Crampton served as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Canterbury, where he lectured on economic policy, including the economics of the city, and the economics of political decision-making. In July 2014, he left the University to serve as Head of Research with the New Zealand Initiative in Wellington. He blogs at OffsettingBehaviour.blogspot.com.

Lucy D’Aeth

Dr Lucy D’Aeth works as a Public Health Specialist for Community and Public Health, Canterbury District Health Board, where part of her role focuses on the All Right? campaign. She has a PhD in Theology from the University of Birmingham, UK. She has worked in community development and health promotion in the UK and Switzerland but she feels most at home in Canterbury.

Dan Thompson

Dan is an artist, writer, explorer and photographer who initiated the #riotcleanup campaign after the London riots in 2011.

Brie Sherow

Brie Sherow is experienced in urban planning, spatial analysis and international community development. She has been involved in the Christchurch earthquake rebuild in both a technical and strategic capacity, as a Spatial Analyst at Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) and as Projects Manager of Life in Vacant Spaces Charitable Trust.

James Dann

James Dann has lived in the heart of the central city for most of the last decade – which proved to be a bit of a challenge after the 2010 and 2011 quakes. He is studying for a doctorate at the University of Otago, Christchurch. James has been active in the water rights protest movement in Canterbury, the struggle to save heritage buildings and as an outspoken critic of the National government’s recovery strategy.

Alejandro Haiek Coll

Alejandro is an architect, artist and core member of the laboratory of experimental art and applied science, LabProFab. He has won several international awards and has served as a guest professor across the globe, from South and Central America through to Japan, New Zealand and the USA. Alejandro’s works explore the renewal and resuscitation of inactive landscapes of postindustrial cities, and survival tactics for enhancing community urban scenarios. He is an Artist in Residence at Elam School of Fine Arts (2014).

George Parker

Dr George Parker is a member of Free Theatre Christchurch, New Zealand’s longest running producer of experimental theatre (www.freetheatre.org.nz).

Melanie Oliver

Melanie Oliver is a writer, curator and currently the director of The Physics Room, a contemporary art space in Christchurch.

Amanda Guma, David Bowman and Robin Keegan

Amanda was the Health and Human Services Policy Director at Louisiana Recovery Authority, later the Office of Community Development. David currently serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Performance Management at the Office of Community Development’s Disaster Recovery Unit in the State of Louisiana. Robin has over eighteen years of experience in housing, economic development, community planning and housing programme design. She is currently leading a team of subject matter experts supporting New York State’s recovery efforts from Superstorm Sandy.

Wil McLellan and Colin Andersen

Wil has over fifteen years of experience in the technology industry. He has co-founded several gaming studios where he created partnerships with global entertainment brands and worked with New Zealand government trade agencies. Post-quake, these relationships helped Wil create the Enterprise Precinct and Innovation Campus (EPIC) with co-founder Colin Andersen. Colin is co-founder and Executive Director of Effectus Ltd, a national IT and consulting business. Prior to Effectus, Colin was founding CEO of SQL services, growing this into an international database services organisation before completing the successful sale of the company.

Camia Young and Associate Professor Uwe Rieger

Camia Young taught the ‘Future Christchurch’ course (2011-2013), and conceived of Studio Christchurch in collaboration with Uwe Rieger. In her capacity she partnered studios and students with local projects. Uwe Rieger is the Chair of the newly formed Studio Christchurch Management Group and led the urban installation event LUXCITY.

Rebecca Macfie

Rebecca is a senior writer for the Listener. Since starting out in journalism in 1988 she has written for the Christchurch Star, the Press, National Business ReviewIndependent Business Weekly, North&South, Unlimited magazine and the NZ Herald. She lives in Christchurch. In 2013 she wrote Tragedy at Pike River Mine: how and why 29 men died, about the 2010 mine explosion on New Zealand’s West Coast. An abbreviated version of this article was first published in the Listener in April 2014.

Skye Duncan

Skye is an international urban design consultant and teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar. She is currently Senior Urban Designer at the NYC Department of City Planning, Office of the Chief Urban Designer, where she has worked on a number of large-scale site specific projects that look to improve the health, sustainability and resiliency of New York’s built fabric.

Glen Koorey

Glen is a Senior Lecturer in Transportation Engineering in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury, with a focus in the areas of safety and sustainable transport.Prior to joining the university in 2004, he worked for ten years with Opus International Consultants as a transportation engineer and researcher.

Professor Peter Newman

Peter Newman (born 1945) is Professor of Sustainability at Curtin Universityand since 2008 a Board member of Infrastructure Australia. Peter is best known internationally for popularizing the term ‘automobile dependence’ in the second half of the 1980s. He is author of numerous publications on sustainable cities and a Lead Author for Transport on the IPCC – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He was an Erskine Fellow at University of Canterbury in 2013.

Jon King

Jon is the founder of Design King Company Architects that is based in Sydney. An entry from Design King Company was shortlisted in the international competition run by CCC, CERA and CCDU. The practice’s work has been widely published, featuring in Elle Decoration in the UK, Architectural Design in Italy, MonumentBelleHouse and Garden, and in books such as Tropical MinimalBeach Houses of Australia100 Top Houses from Down Under and Adam Mornement’s recent and superbly illustrated Boathouses.

Jessica Staples

Jessica Staples is a registered landscape architect who recently returned to Christchurch after practicing in Hong Kong for over seven years. During this time she led high profile landscape and urban design portfolios throughout Asia and the Middle East. Jessica is well versed in the processes and issues associated with public realm and urban design having led the design of Abu Dhabi’s internationally significant Saadiyat Island Cultural District Public Realm project.

Chris Moller

Chris founded architecture and urbanism studio CMA+U in Wellington following twenty years in Europe, where he worked as Senior Urbanist for the City of Groningen, taught at the London Architecture Association and founded S333 Architecture + Urbanism. Currently he teaches at Victoria University. He has been advising Melbourne on urban strategy for Fishermans Bend, and is working on the Urban Development Strategy for Thames Coromandel and the new Mt Pleasant Community Centre Building in Christchurch.

Di Lucas

Di Lucas is qualified in natural science and landscape architecture. Her landscape practice has been based in central Christchurch since 1987 and involves landscape planning, community-based placemaking charrettes, ecosystem guidance and heritage analysis around Aotearoa New Zealand. Di has held government advisory roles for more than 30 years, is a certified RMA consents commissioner, a Christchurch Urban Design Panel member and is instigator of the post-quake Peterborough Village pita kaik. 

Craig Pauling, Shaun Awatere and Shadrach Rolleston

Craig Pauling (Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha, Ngāti Mutunga) has worked across iwi, councils, government and industry to strengthen the role of mātauranga Māori in the landscape. He works at Boffa Miskell and is the co-chair of Ngā Aho – the national network of Māori design and planning professionals.Shaun Awatere (Ngāti Porou) holds a PhD in economics and works as a resource economist for Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, focusing on improving the incorporation of mātauranga Māori into resource management.Shadrach Rolleston (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Haua) has worked as an adviser and planner for government, the private sector and his iwi/hapū. He currently works for BECA.

Bailey Peryman, Oliver Peryman and Michelle Marquet

The authors make up the team that owns, directs and manages Garden City 2.0, a company designed to grow resilience in our local food system by working with Christchurch communities. Their expertise involves community development, permacultural design and development, and qualitative research at post-graduate level on topics including Environmental Management, Social Sustainability and Education. Each enjoys the pursuit of health in all spheres of being.