Our People

Ruth Berry

Challenge Director

Ruth 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.

Jessica Hutchings

Tumu Whakarae

Jessica is the Building Better Homes, Towns & Cities Tumu Whakarae. With a PhD in environmental studies, she is a kaupapa Māori research leader trained in the fields of environmental and indigenous studies. She has held senior management and leadership roles in the Māori science sector and is widely published with two recent books winning the non-fiction category section at the Māori Book Awards. A woman of many talents, she is also a hua parakore (Māori organic) grower on a small family farm and a devotee and teacher of Ashtanga Yoga. She has a deep investment and passion to live her life in ways that uplift the wellbeing of people and the land. 

Antje Heymanns

Challenge Manager

Antje joined BRANZ as Challenge Manager in December 2017. Previously, she has worked for the Ministry of Health as Senior Advisor, Planning and Performance Reporting, Finance & Performance Business Unit. Antje is a qualified project manager (PRINCE2 Practitioner) with a lot of common sense and a keen interest in making the Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities mission a success.

Board

Graeme Nahkies

Acting Chair (as at 1 July 2019)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Richard Bedford QSO FRSNZ

Former Chair (retired 30 June 2019)

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.

Challenge Associates

Homes and spaces for generations

Auckland's housing supply challenge

Roger Birchmore, Unitec Institute of Technology
Yusef Patel, Unitec Institute of Technology
Paola Trapini, Unitec Institute of Technology
Rau Hoskins, Unitec Institute of Technology

Building solutions for affordable, functional housing in ageing and changing communities

Kay Saville-Smith, CRESA
Anne Duncan, BRANZ
Robyn Phipps, Massey University
Bev James, Public Policy & Research
Sally Blackwell, BRANZ

See profiles of the Principal Investigators at Our Research Team.

Consenting automation

Johannes Dimyadi, University of Auckland
Robert Amor, University of Auckland
Mark Thomas, Nextspace
Alex Gnum, Nextspace
Justin Marsh, University of Auckland
Guido Governatori, CSIRO

Improving the Architecture and Logistics of Decision-making

Kay Saville-Smith,  Centre for Research, Evaluation & Social Assessment (CRESA)
Iain White, University of Waikato
Larry Murphy, University of Auckland

Researchers

Bev James, Public Policy & Research Ltd
Karen Witten, Massey University
Fiona Cram, Katoa Ltd
Fleur Palmer, Auckland University of Technology
Alice Chang-Richards, University of Auckland
Philippa Howden-Chapman, University of Otago
Simon Opit, Massey University
Jennifer Joynt, Auckland Council Research and Evaluation Unit (RIMU)
Craig Fredrickson, Auckland Council Research and Evaluation Unit (RIMU)
Gauri Nandedkar, University of Waikato
Francesca Dodd-Parr, University of Waikato
Patrick Barrett, University of Waikato
Zhang Wei, University of Otago
Ruth Fraser, CRESA Ltd
Nina Saville-Smith, CRESA Ltd

See profiles of the Principal Investigators at Our Research Team

Next Generation Information for Better Outcomes

Simon Kingham,  University of Canterbury
Vivienne Ivory,  WSP Opus
Malcolm Campbell, University of Canterbury

Researchers

Lyn Carter, University of Otago
Angus Macfarlane, University of Canterbury
Ben Adams, University of Canterbury
David Goodwin, University of Otago
Rita Dionisio, University of Canterbury
Chris Bowie, Opus Research, Opus International Consultants Ltd
Mirjam Schindler, University of Canterbury
Ines Falcao, University of Canterbury
James Berghan, University of Otago
David Garcia, University of Canterbury

See profiles of the Principal Investigators at Our Research Team

Novel Wastewater Processing

Daniel Gapes, Scion
Doug Gaunt, Scion
Paul Bennett, Scion
Paola Leardini, University of Auckland

Revitalising the Production of Affordable Housing to provide for successful, engaged and healthy lives

Kay Saville-Smith, CRESA
Bev James, Public Policy & Research Ltd
Fiona Cram, Katoa Ltd
Larry Murphy, University of Auckland
Michael Rehm, University of Auckland
Andrew Sporle, University of Auckland
Charles Waldegrave, Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit

Producing affordable housing

Patricia Austin, University of Auckland
Emma Fergusson, Kāinga Ora — Homes and Communities
Lena Henry, University of Auckland

Transdisciplinary resilience assessment

Guy Coulson, NIWA
Jonathan Moores, NIWA
Karen Witten, Massey University (SHORE, Auckland)
Robin Kearns, University of Auckland
Chris Batstone, Batstone Associates
Anaru Waa, University of Otago (Wellington)

Urban narrative

Mark Dyer, University of Waikato
Annika Hinze, University of Waikato
Shaoqun Wu, University of Waikato
Tomás García Ferrari, University of Waikato
Kate Mackness, University of Waikato
Rachel Dyer, University of Waikato
Vivienne Ivory, WSP Opus

Kāinga Tahi, Kāinga Rua

Research project 1: Te Manaaki o te Marae

Principal Investigators

Rau Hoskins, Unitec Institute of Technology
Jenny Lee-Morgan, University of Waikato

Research project 2: Toitu te Kainga

Tepora Emery, Project Leader, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Kāinga Tahi, Kāinga Rua - Whenu and Ahu

Research Leader: Jessica Hutchings

Whenu and Ahu Projects Tuakana

Papakāinga Whenu: Rihi Te Nana, Unitec Institute of Technology
Hauora Whenu: Fiona Cram, Katoa Ltd
Whai Rawa Whenu: Angus McFarlane, University of Canterbury
Ako Ahu: Jo Smith, Victoria University of Wellington

Papakāinga Whenu Research Team

Rihi Te Nana, Unitec Institute of Technology, Ngāti Haaua, Ngāpuhi, Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Raukawa
Ella Henry, Auckland University of Technology, Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa, Ngāti Kuri, Te Rārawa
Irene Kereama-Royal, Ngāti Whanaunga, Ngāpuhi, Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Raukawa
Helen Potter, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāpuhi
Rau Hoskins, Unitec Institute of Technology, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Hau
Charles Crothers, Auckland University of Technology

Whai Rawa Whenu Research Team

Angus McFarlane, University of Canterbury, Ngāti Whakaue
John Reid, University of Canterbury, Ngāti Pikiao
Tyron Love, University of Canterbury, Te Atiawa
Diane Menzies, Landcult Ltd, Ngāti Kahungunu
Grace Walker, University of Canterbury, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngaruahine Rangi

Rangatahi Ahu Research Team

James Berghan, University of Otago, Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri
Jacqueline Paul, Nga Aho/Unitec, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahungunu
Maia Ratana, Unitec, Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngaa Rauru, Ngāti Raukawa

Ako Ahu Research Team

Jo Smith, Victoria University of Wellington, Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe, Kāi Tahu
Becky Kiddle, Victoria University of Wellington, Ngāti Porou, Ngā Puhi
Desna Whaanga-Schollum, Nga Aho, Ngāti Kahungunu

See profiles of the Kāinga Tahi, Kāinga Rua Research Team at Our Research Team.

Thriving Regions

Supporting Success in Regional Settlements

Harvey Perkins,  People and Places Limited
Arthur Grimes, Motu Economic & Public Policy Research
Michael Mackay, Lincoln University
Jonathan Kilgour, University of Waikato

Researchers by work programme

WP1

Arthur Grimes, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research (and Victoria University of Wellington)
David Maré, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research
Jacques Poot, Independent researcher, Amsterdam (formerly University of Waikato)
Stuart Donovan, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (and MRCagney)

The following researchers were also involved in a completed WP1 research project
David Fleming, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research
Peter Nunns, MRCagney
Laurent Lebreton, The Modelling House

WP2

Jonathan Kilgour, University of Waikato
John Ryks, Aria Consulting
Polly Atatoa-Carr, National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato
Kristie Baillie, National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato
Maui Hudson, Te Pua Wānanga Ki Te Ao, University of Waikato
Moana Rarere, National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato
Thalia Ullrich, Waiora Pacific Ltd

WP3

Harvey Perkins, People and Places Limited
Mike Mackay, Lincoln University
Deborah Levy, University of Auckland
Malcolm Campbell, University of Canterbury
Nick Taylor, Nick Taylor and Associates
Karen Johnston, Karen Johnston Strategic & Project Planning
Raewyn Hills (Research Associate), University of Auckland
Laura Dance (Summer Scholarship Student, 2017/18), Lincoln University

Harnessing the Hinterland

Etienne Nel, University of Otago
Ann Pomeroy, University of Otago
Sean Connnelly, University of Otago
Michelle Thompson-Fawcett, University of Otago

See profiles of the Principal Investigators at Our Research Team.

Urban Wellbeing

Activating water sensitive urban design for healthy resilient communities

Robyn Simcock, Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research
Jonathan Moores, NIWA
Sue Ira, Koru Environmental Consultants
Chris Batstone, Batstone Associates

Autonomous vehicles and urban environments: Implications for wellbeing in an aging society

Helen Fitt, University of Canterbury
Angela Curl, University of Canterbury
Rita Dionosio, University of Canterbury
Amy Fletcher, University of Canterbury
Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll, University of Canterbury
Bob Frame, Frameworks

Co-designing with children

Karen Witten, Massey University (SHORE, Auckland)
Emerald McPhee, Massey University (SHORE, Auckland)
Penelope Carroll, Massey University (SHORE, Auckland)

Delivering urban wellbeing

Kelly Dombrowski, University of Canterbury
Gradon Diprose, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research
David Conradson, University of Canterbury
Stephen Healy, Western Sydney University
Alison Watkins, University of Canterbury

Give us space

Manfredo Manfredini, University of Auckland
Dory Reeves, University of Auckland
Rebecca Kiddle, Victoria University of Wellington

Mauri ora and urban wellbeing

Amanda Yates, Auckland University of Technology
Erica Hinckson, Auckland University of Technology
Monique Jansen, Auckland University of Technology
Rebecca Kiddle, Victoria University of Wellington
Nirmal Nair, University of Auckland
James Renwick, Victoria University of Wellington
Charles Walker, Auckland University of Technology
Gayle Souter-Brown, Auckland University of Technology

Shaping Places: Future Neighbourhoods

Errol Haarhoff, University of Auckland
Ella Henry, Auckland University of Technology
Marc Aurel Schnabel, Victoria University of Wellington
Karen Witten, Massey University (Auckland)
Suzanne Vallance, Lincoln University

Researchers by work programme

WP1

Errol Haarhoff, University of Auckland
Marc Aurel Schnabel, Victoria University of Wellington
Patricia Austin, University of Auckland
Lee Beattie, University of Auckland
Paola Boarin, University of Auckland
Rebecca Kiddle, Victoria University of Wellington, Ngāti Porou and Ngāpuhi
Wokje Abrahamse, Victoria University of Wellington
Mohsen Mohammadzadeh, University of Auckland

Aligned researchers

Sarosh Mulla, University of Auckland
Aaron Paterson, University of Auckland
Cristian Silva, University of Auckland
Shuva Chowdhury (PhD Candidate), Victoria University of Wellington                                              

WP2

Ella Henry, Auckland University of Technology,  Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa, Ngāti Kuri, Te Rārawa
Lucy Tukua, Mana Whenua Ngati Tahinga, Ngāti Paoa, Ngati Whanaunga
Desna Whaanga-Schollum, Nga Aho, Ngāti Kahungunu
Diane Menzies, Unitec, Ngāti Kahungunu
Carin Wilson, Unitec, Ngāti Awa
Jacqueline Paul, Nga Aho/Unitec, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahungunu                       

WP3

Karen Witten, Massey University (SHORE)
Emma Fergusson, Massey University (Palmerston North)
Robin Kearns, University of Auckland
Hamish Mackie, Mackie Research
Jade Kake, Nga Aho/Te Matapihi Ngāti Hau/Ngapuhi, Te Arawa, Te Whakatōhea

WP4

Suzanne Vallance, Lincoln University
David Conradson, University of Canterbury
Andreas Wesener, Lincoln University
Hirini Matunga, Lincoln University, Ngai Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Paerangi (Atiu, Cook Islands)

See profiles of the Principal Investigators at Our Research Team.

Understanding place

Donald Matheson, University of Canterbury
Chris Thompson, University of Canterbury
Ben Adams, University of Canterbury
Paul Miller, University of Canterbury