Our People


Ruth Berry

Challenge Director

Ruth Berry has played several significant roles within the building sector, most recently in the BRANZ Research Strategy Group as the Construction Systems Working Group Project Manager. She was also Secretary for the Independent Research Association of New Zealand as well as being one of the BRANZ representatives on the IRANZ committee.

Emeritus Professor Richard Bedford QSO FRSNZ


Richard is a geographer who specialises in research on population movement and the impact of migration on the development of settlements in New Zealand and the Pacific. He is Emeritus Professor at the University of Waikato, President of the Royal Society Te Apārangi and research adviser at the Auckland University of Technology. Richard has been a member of the Marsden Council, has convened research assessment panels for the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (FRST) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), and is currently convener of the Social Science Experts Panel for Superu (a government agency that focuses on what works to improve the lives of families, children and whānau). He brings his extensive experience in research design and management to the Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities Challenge.

Gena Moses-Te Kani

Ngāti Kuia te Iwi, Kurahaupo te Waka

Gena is the technical lead for the Iwi Leaders Group for Housing of the National Iwi Chairs Forum working with and for iwi on housing issues, promoting active treaty partnership with Crown agencies, and influencing appropriate policy across the sector. Gena also leads iwi environmental management for large infrastructure projects which have successfully implemented a treaty partnership in a public private partnership (PPP). She is involved in a range of innovative boards and advisory groups including the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu.

Ngarimu Blair

Ngarimu is of Ngāti Whātua descent and has a background in Maori heritage, resource management, and iwi development. Ngarimu spearheaded the Ngati Whatua Orakei papakainga masterplan and development of the country's first medium density urban village at Bastion Point. He is a Director of Ngati Whatua Orakei Whai Rawa which is currently masterplanning a number of large scale residential developments in wider Auckland. Ngarimu also created the largest restoration project in the city at the Bastion Point reserve which includes a wholesale plant nursery at Orakei Marae. He is also a past-Director at Waterfront Auckland which launched a successful mixed-use development in Wynyard Quarter in Auckland City.

Professor Bruce Clarkson

Bruce is the University of Waikato's Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and heads the Environmental Research Institute (ERI). He is recognised as one of New Zealand's foremost authorities on ecological restoration. From 2005 to 2012 he led a government-funded research programme looking at the best methods to restore indigenous biodiversity in cities. His research has had a direct impact on Hamilton gully restoration initiatives and the Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park project near Hamilton Zoo. In 2006, Bruce was awarded the Loder Cup, New Zealand's premier conservation award. He is also a board member of the Australasian chapter of the International Society for Ecological Restoration, and ambassador for New Zealand's Biological Heritage.

Graeme Nahkies

Graeme helps the governing boards of a wide range of entities to achieve their leadership potential. Prior to co-founding BoardWorks International, the vehicle for that work, Graeme undertook a number of public sector advisory and senior leadership roles. These included deputy chief executive and chief executive roles in the housing, local government and health sectors. He has also been a member or chair of a diverse range of governing boards in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Graeme is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, and a past winner of the Institute of Directors National Study Award.

Andrew Reding

Andrew held several senior roles in Europe before relocating to New Zealand in 1994. He joined Fletcher Challenge in 1995 and became Chief Executive of the Building Products and Steel Group in 2001. He joined the Rank Group in 2006 where he was involved in the acquisition and management of the Evergreen Packaging businesses in the USA, as well as managing the Carter Holt Harvey Pulp, Paper and Packaging assets in New Zealand. Andrew is currently Chair of the Building Information Modeling (BIM) Acceleration Committee, a Director of the New Zealand Shareholders' Association and Chair of its Auckland Branch, and a member of the Advisory Boards of Dempsey Wood Civil Ltd as well as Avertana Ltd.

Research Teams

Understanding and Re-tooling the Architecture and Logistics of Decision-making

Kay Saville-Smith   Iain White   Larry Murphy

Next Generation Information for Better Outcomes

Simon Kingham   Vivienne Ivory   Malcolm Campbell

Supporting Success in Regional Settlements

Harvey Perkins   Arthur Grimes   Michael Mackay   Malcolm Campbell

Shaping Places: Future Neighbourhoods

Errol Haarhoff   Ella Henry   Marc-Aurel Schnabel   Hirini Matunga   Karen Witten  Suzanne Vallance

Transforming the Building Industry

Suzanne Wilkinson   John Tookey   Casimir MacGregor   Regan Potangaroa

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