4 private sector companies & the Government’s housing arm, Kainga Ora, were instrumental in setting up the new Urban Development Institute of NZ last month, and now they’re looking for members to help shape the organisation & its platform.
The institute’s founders were Context Architects Ltd; Harrison Grierson Consultants Ltd; Fletcher Building Ltd’s residential arm, Fletcher Living; and Universal Homes Ltd.
They’ve organised their first event for members, a session with Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford in Auckland next Wednesday.
The institute is modelled on the Urban Development Institute of Australia and has former Wellington mayor & Cabinet minister Dame Fran Wilde as its chair. Dame Fran also chaired the Wellington Regional Council, was deputy chair of the NZ Transport Agency for 3 years until she resigned a year ago.
Context director & institute board member Lisa Hinton said of the current membership drive: “We want to get industry & Government collaborating on real world solutions to our urban development challenges. We are at inception stage and looking to sign up inaugural members who can shape the institute.”
Dame Fran commented: “For New Zealand to deliver sustainable, resilient & well designed communities, industry & Government must collaborate, draw on international best practice and utilise new technologies & ways of thinking.”
Attribution: Institute release.