Matters of the Heart

The 2018 Urbanism New Zealand Conference 14-15 May in Wellington will discuss matters of the heart – the city heart and its centre. Speakers Dave Charnley, Benjamine Smith, Peter Hansby, Henry Crothers and Mike Frew will present in the HEART CENTRE SESSION on Palmerston North, Queenstown and saving our regional towns.

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Re-Start the Heart

Dave Charnley, Urban Designer, Palmerston North City Council will demonstrate how a range of capital investment projects, strategic planning direction and a bottom up approach has been successful in reinvigorating the city life of central Palmerston North. As an award winning landscape architect with a passion for realising shared cultural landscape and reconciliation with nature, Dave Charnley has extensive experience across a range of urban projects.

Building a Better Experience

With a targeted vision of ‘Supporting a thriving heart to Queenstown’ the recently endorsed Queenstown Town Centre Masterplan draws together a suite of major transformational infrastructure and placemaking projects. Benjamine Smith, Senior Advisor, Rationale; Peter Hensby, GM Property and Infrastructure, Queenstown Lakes District Council; and Henry Crothers, Director, LandLAB will focus on how the town centre was defined as a ‘place’ to support a robust local economy and improved experiences.

Getting Out of a Hole

Mike Frew, Fund Manager, Heritage EQUIP, Ministry for Culture and Heritage will present on how earthquake prone heritage buildings can save our regional towns. For many communities the dominance of heritage buildings in their town centres make the government’s Earthquake Prone Buildings Regime particularly challenging – but with this comes opportunity. Mike Frew’s professional background spans commercial property, sustainable business and community development. Over the past four years he has been implementing government programmes in the commercial property sector and currently manages the government’s Heritage EQUIP fund.


Benjamine Smith, Henry Crothers, Mike Frew, Peter Hansby and Dave Charnley


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Conference Sponsors: Wellington City Council, Urban Design Forum, Jasmax, Isthmus, Boffa Miskell and NZ Transport Agency.

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