Emily Afoa will host this discussion on multiple perspectives, approaches, tools available for us in Aotearoa New Zealand to create real climate action in the water sector. Our open panel will discuss their insights and reflections, examples, challenges and learning opportunities from the multiple projects they have been involved with to date. Expect to be informed, inspired and to challenge your next level of action!
Please register to attend the webinar by clicking on the registration button. Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email followed by a further email with the link to join via Zoom. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Katrina Guy.
Emily is a Partner and Environmental Engineer at Tektus Consultants Ltd with over 14 years’ experience gained through roles in tertiary institutions, local government, and consultancy firms. She has a passion for water sensitive solutions that value Te Ao Māori and provide benefit to both community and the natural environment.
Emily became a partner with Tektus in April 2018 and brings with her wide-ranging environmental and engineering experience gained through roles in tertiary institutions, local government, and consultancy firms. Emily has expertise in stormwater management, including with both traditional reticulated systems and water sensitive solutions - all underpinned by her Doctorate in civil engineering which focussed on the design and construction of living roofs in a New Zealand context. Emily's comprehensive professional experience has helped her become a well-respected and valued engineering professional in New Zealand and beyond, reinforced in 2017 when she received the CH2M Beca Young Water Professional of the Year award. Emily, her husband James and step-daughter Maddisyn live in Mount Wellington with their two dogs; and all of whom make the most of New Zealand's great outdoors - whether that be on two feet, two wheels or a single board.
Chris Thurston is Head of Sustainability for Watercare Services Limited, a role he has held for three years. Chris has worked in both private and public sectors and prior to Watercare was at the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority. During his current role Chris champions the company's 'Fully Sustainable' strategic objective with a specific focus on climate change issues. Chris established Watercare's first climate change strategy in 2018 and has been involved in the development of the Auckland Climate Plan. Chris believes doing good business means being sustainable, and vice versa. He sits on the Committee for the Water New Zealand Climate Change Group ad Water Services Association of Australia Liveable Cities Committee.
Dr Dan Hikuroa
Dr Daniel Hikuroa is a Senior Lecturer in Māori Studies, Te Wānanga o Waipapa, in the Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland, and is part of the executive team at Te Ao Mārama – Centre for Fundamental Inquiry. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geology in 1996, a Postgraduate Diploma in Science in 1999, and a PhD in Geology in 2004. Dan’s research addresses fundamental foundations and applications of knowledge, particularly with respect to integrating mātauranga Māori and science. Dan explores the similarities and differences between indigenous knowledges and science, the underpinning ontologies (ways of being), and the epistemologies (ways of knowing). His research includes how concepts of mauri contribute to ideas about “life”, kinship as practical ontology, how indigenous concepts can be integrated with techno-scientific rationales to imagine new futures for our rivers and waterways, and Māori concepts of time, space and the “universe”. Dan is a Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga and Te Pūnaha Matatini Principal Investigator and was Research Director for Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM), New Zealand’s Māori National Centre of Research Excellence, from 2011 to 2015. Dan has undertaken many projects including co-writing the 2014 State of the Hauraki Gulf Environment Report, geothermal developments, planning river and catchment restorations, co-writing iwi environmental management plans, and industrial waste rehabilitation. Dan is a member of Ngā Kaihautū Tikanga Taiao, Statutory Advisory Committee to the Environmental Authority, Watercare Environmental Advisory Group, a hapū representative member on both the Waitomo Caves Management Committee and Waitomo Caves Environmental Advisory Group, and an independent scientific advisor for various hapū, iwi and ahu whenua groups. He brings both a Māori worldview and a scientific approach to the research centre in our exploration into the origins of the universe, life and ultimate reality