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Cross-institution climate change workshop to feature at this year’s joint Unitec/MIT Rangahau Horonuku Hou research symposium

A unique, multi-institution workshop on climate change will feature at this year’s joint Unitec/MIT research symposium, Rangahau Horonuku Hou - New Research Landscapes.

Led by Matthew Bradbury, Associate Professor at Unitec’s School of Architecture, the three-hour online workshop aims to highlight different aspects of climate change research taking place at Unitec, as well as across the wider ITP sector.

The emphasis is on practical applied research that has clear benefits for the community, iwi and industries and will help to provide students with vocational skills in both the mitigation and adaption of the effects of climate change.

The structure of the workshop demonstrates the range of research being carried out into climate change, both within Unitec and horizontally across Te Pūkenga with four other institutions taking part in the sessions. The research outputs spans work from academics to undergraduates.

The workshop is divided into a range of subjects, including:


  • Air-conditioning Aotearoa: a national disgrace, presented by Professor Hugh Byrd of Lincoln University, and visiting Professor to Unitec
  • Effectiveness of catalytic convertor on older cars on New Zealand roads, presented by Arura Bakmeedeniya, Prabhat Chand and Roman Kudin, lecturers at Unitec


  • Assessing the regenerative land use and education needs of a community in a catchment, presented by Peter Bruce-Ire, North Tec
  • Organisational climate mitigation presented by AP Pii – Tuuulia Nikula, EIT
  • Climate Change and the multidisciplinary studio, presented by Xinxin Wang and Lucia Melchiors, lecturers at Unitec


  • Water City, presented by Associate Professor Matthew Bradbury, Unitec
  • Omaru Creek Intervention, presented by Abigail Spence, Unitec, and featuring work by Abigail Spence and Eloise Twaddle, with Mathilde Doesburg, Melissa Knight and Victoria Carran architecture and landscape students at Unitec
  • The Vertical Kāinga, presented by Steve Hutana, lecturer Unitec and University of Auckalnd
  • The Climate Safe House, presented by Associate Professor Tobias Danielmeier, Otago Polytechnic
  • Climate change, sea-level rise and the resulting impact on land and water resources, presented by Dr Gregory De Costa, Open Polytechnic
  • Urban flood adaptation plan, presented by Aachna Aachal, Masters of Landscape student at Unitec


  • Zeroing In. A community-based approach to the design of public space for zero-carbon living, presented by Pippa Sommerville, Masters of Landscape student at Unitec and Sue Wake, senior lecturer at Unitec
  • Building cyclone resilient rural Fijian communities through social, environmental, and sustainable architectural responses, presented by Shivneel Prasad, Masters of Architecture student at Unitec

“We all understand that climate change will be one of the defining issues for the 21st century,” said Dr Bradbury. “This is an opportunity for Te Pūkenga to help teach a new generation the practical skills to build resilience to the profound effects that climate change will make to the way we’ll live.”

“The workshop is an opportunity for colleagues to share the climate change research they’re working on, and to stimulate discussion around new research opportunities that could be created under the umbrella of Te Pūkenga,” he said.

The climate change workshop will take place in two sessions on Tuesday, 7 December: 11.00am -12.30pm and 2.00pm - 3.30pm. This year’s research symposium, convened by Associate Professor Marcus Williams and Dr Daud Ahmed, features more than 100 presentations from ITP researchers across Aotearoa New Zealand. Please join the discussion by registering on our Event page.