Regenerative Business Summit: Beyond Carbon and Compliance- Regenerating Our Design and Construction Sector in Aotearoa, NZ

Our Thriving City

Friday 29 September 2023 | 9:00am-1:00pm | AUT, Auckland

Essential Organisation & Business Development to go Beyond Carbon and Compliance and Towards Regeneration of our Design and Construction sector in Aotearoa, NZ.

Where AUT Mayoral Drive WG Building Room WG308

What Join us for a deep dive into what lies beyond Green, Carbon and Compliance!

Who This summit is for Industry Leadership, ready to Regenerate Business as Usual.

Despite our best and focussed endeavours, we are seeing ongoing effects of waste, increasing carbon, mental health, supply chain challenges, skills scarcity, reactive regulation and compliance and poor optimisation.Of which all remain massive challenges for our whole construction and building sector in Aotearoa.  

During this initial morning session, we will generate insight and value for businesses and institutions, to explore how we can work purposefully together to transform our industry and create a viable future in NZ, Aotearoa.

The Summit will be interactive and enable new thinking, through insightful and systemic framing of our challenges and to consider your unique role in this evolution. This session is for Whakaora sponsors, businesses and design services that are interested and committed to meaningful change leading to partnerships and conscious action!

We encourage groups of 2-5 people per businesses, such as BD, Brand, Marketing, Sustainability, Cultural, Sales & Specification, and of course your Leadership Team. This session will be the first in an ongoing, business development series, and an invitation to join us online and in-person. Please consider bringing your key stakeholders and/or customers too!


  • Celebrate green commitments and reset your direction for systems success
  • Clearer understanding of the limitations of our current approaches
  • Realise new potential and our unique roles from a Living System Paradigm
  • Start re-focusing the investment lens towards a transformational role
  • Increase the will to co-collaberate across industry and grow Te Mauri ora – system wellbeing. 

Regenerative Business Summit Registration + Investment

  • Individual Registration $290 incl GST
  • 2 Attendees from a business $450 incl GST
  • 3 Attendees from a business $565 incl GST

        Refreshing Morning Tea will be served

If your business is a Totara Whakaora sponsor for the 31 May Regenerative Design Jam at AUT, please email info@ourthrivingcity.co.nz to request your discount code.


Following the Regenerative Business summit, Whakaora invites willing leadership and businesses to join us, to further developmental dialogue to set our work on transforming the industry and enable a viable Aotearoa, NZ

Thankyou to our event partners and sponsors

He Puna Ora- Urban Wellbeing Lab AUT, Firth Concrete, Omni Graphics and Digital Print.


Regenerative Design Jam: Celebrating Water Taonga Wai to Regenerate Our Places

Our Thriving City

Wednesday 31 May 2023 | 10:30am-5:00pm | AUT, Auckland


How do we work with whole living systems? What inherent potential do they offer, as a source of urban vitality? How can we harmonise people and place in our city’s urban places through uplifting Water – Taonga Wai.

Our focus for the day will be ‘realising inherent potential of place’ So please join us for this transformational Regenerative Design Jam. We would love to see project teams, professionals, businesses and community organisations that wish to play their critical role, find common ground in working together in the regeneration of living systems within Tāmaki Makaurau – Auckland.

When we move from addressing isolated problems, to seeing them as integral to a whole system , we can engage together and align around this inherent potential. This enables mutual value for all systems and their stakeholders, allowing us to address multiple challenges, at the same time. This new way of thinking requires paradigm shifting, committing to an evolutionary path and pursuing disruptive innovation. 

We will engage with Water – Taonga Wai and Place to re-establish our relationship with water and soil as living forces of connectivity, alignment and life through our projects, businesses and places.


  • Reveal Water – Wai as precious taonga and forces for mauri – life
  • Shift to work with motivating potential, not siloed problems
  • Experience deep collaboration
  • Create wider value and regeneration of places and community that can enduringly sustain us
  • Better understand and define resilience based on a whole system health
  • Te mauri ora – Wellbeing compass navigation


Registration includes light lunch and tea

  • Professional $325 incl GST
  • Community  $245 incl GST
CPD is available
Professional Education points will be available for NZIA, ADNZ LBP (All TBC)



EBOSS & Whakaora Environmental Movie Night

Thursday 27 April 2023 | 5:30-8:00pm | EVENT Cinemas, Newmarket

Three years in the making, Riverwoods is a feature-length documentary,  filmed and produced by rewilding charity, SCOTLAND: The Big Picture.

Riverwoods shines a light on the perilous state of Scotland’s salmon and  tells the compelling story of an inextricable and extraordinary relationship, between fish and forest.

Working together, a group of expert scientists and talented visual storytellers, reveal how Scotland’s rivers have been greatly diminished but crucially, how they could be reborn through a shared vision of restoration and recovery.

The salmon need the forest.
The forest needs the salmon.
And Scotland needs them both.

Thanks to our Movie Night Partner EBOSS for putting on this event!

CPD and LBP Points
NZRAB: 5.00 CPD points | ADNZ: Log your attendance with ADNZ online
LBP: 1 hours elective training as part of meeting your skills maintenance requirements

Regenerative Dialogue: Justice + Equity - Restructuring Life in our Cities

Julian Social Justice WEBSITE

11 November 2022 

A developmental session with Professor Julian Agyeman – asking how a social justice lens can help restructure life in our cities. 

Julian Agyeman is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, USA visiting Aotearoa. He is the originator of the  influential concept of just sustainabilities, which explores the intersecting goals of social justice and environmental sustainability.

He will share his belief, that what our cities can become (sustainable, smart, sharing and resilient) and who is allowed to belong in them (recognition of difference, diversity, and a right to the city) are fundamentally and inextricably interlinked. We must therefore act on both belonging and becoming, together, using just sustainabilities as the anchor, or face deepening spatial and social inequities and inequalities.

Our Thriving City | Regenerative Design Jam - He wānanga mo te mauri

It's a wrap! Thank you to everyone who came to the inaugural Whakaora Our Thriving City Regenerative Design Jam. Thank you to our amazing sponsors and partners, to our inspiring speakers, and our wonderful attendees.

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Our Thriving City

Thursday 28 July 2022 

Our Thriving City aims to enable greater regenerative thinking in our developments & placemaking & align with te ao Māori tikanga, to sustain us in the long term. The themes are Urban, Health, Landscape, Housing and Infrastructure.

This lively & inspiring event is an opportunity to bring your team & stakeholders together, to grow understanding, deepen relationships & find greater potential in your work and projects, beyond a traditional carbon & green building approach.

Keynotes with developmental sessions include:

  • Johnnie Freeland – Whakapapa Design
  • Bill Reed – Partnering with Nature
  • Dr Amanda Yates – Mauri Ora Compass tool for urban regeneration
  • 12 Ngā wero – Case studies of projects & practice
  • Healthy Products Showcase

Bring yourself, your project, your client & the design team!

This is an opportunity to reimagine ourselves and our developments. Whakaora will help us leapfrog the inadequacies of incremental change and siloed approaches to kick start a transformational response. Regeneration offers a fresh approach to living systems thinking and intentional collaboration, underpinned with Aotearoa’s blessing, te ao Māori, indigenous practice. We need massive change – that puts the health of nature and people in the driving seat! 


Our Thriving City | Registration Fees

Registration Type NZ$ incl. GST
Professionals Registration Fee $290
Student Registration $86.25


Deepen your professional practice, better understand the systemic challenges, learn and practice new design thinking and learn how to work with the Living Systems Compass for urban regeneration.

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM Registration Open
AUT Sir Paul Reeves Building, Level 2 Foyer, Auckland
8:30 AM - 8:50 AM Haere mai | Mihi whakatau & Welcome -
Matangireia Yates-Francis & Rachel Ruckstuhl-Mann
8:50 AM - 9:00 AM Totara Sponsor Welcome - Firth
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Whakaora Introduction - Jerome Partington + Questions for now to create a thriving future
9:15 AM - 10:25 AM Keynote: Johnnie Freeland | Te Whakaoranga - Mātauranga Māori Regenerative Development
10:25 AM - 10:50 AM Plytech Morning tea break
10:50 AM - 11:40 AM Ngā Wero - Challenges |
Wero can be translated as challenge. Ngā wero can be translated as many challenges. We are all facing many challenges. Today 12 speakers from a diversity of backgrounds are going to share with you what they are challenged by and what they are doing in the face of this challenge. Whakaora invites you to listen for what they are caring about, what they are hoping for and what they have faith in.
11:40 AM - 12:50 PM International Keynote: Bill Reed | Partnering with Nature:
Evolving ourselves, our relationships, and our Places
12:50 PM - 1:40 PM Lunch
1:40 PM - 2:30 PM Ngā wero - Challenges II
2:30 PM - 3:35 PM Keynote: Assoc Prof Amanda Yates | Mauri Ora Compass Tool for urban regeneration
Mauri Ora Compass & Practice
3:35 PM - 4:00 PM Nexans Afternoon Tea
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Design Jam - Reflections
4:45 PM - 5:00 PM Closing
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Abodo Networking Drinks

EBOSS & Whakaora Environmental Movie Night

Tuesday 21 June 2022 

Living the Change is a feature-length documentary that explores solutions to the global crises we face today — solutions any one of us can be part of — through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way.

Directors Jordan Osmond and Antoinette Wilson have brought together stories from their travels, along with interviews with experts able to explain how we come to be where we are today. From forest gardens to composting toilets, community supported agriculture to timebanking, Living the Change offers ways we can rethink our approach to how we live.

Thanks to our Movie Night Partner EBOSS for putting on this event!

Regeneration in Motion: Focus on Puhinui

Puhinui Stream 2

Tuesday 24 May 2022 

This online session in our ‘Regeneration in Motion’ Series puts a spotlight on inspiring regenerative development case studies. 

A project that brings iwi together with Auckland Council to regenerate the Puhinui area bordering Manurewa and Manukau has been recognised on the world stage.Te Whakaoranga o te Puhinui won an ‘Outstanding Award’ in the Unbuilt Parks and Environment category of the Asia Pacific International Federation of Landscape Architects awards. It was also part of a showcase at COP26.

Eke Panuku Development Auckland brought together local boards, the Government, business and the community with Te Waiohua Iwi representatives. Judges of the award praised them for an excellent project that integrated ecological planning and design strategies with indigenous narratives, citing its impressive design quality, its planning processes and innovative design guidelines.

Join us to hear project partners Sara Zwart of Eke Panuku, Gary Marshall of Resilio Studio, Te Pu-a-nga Maara and Te Waiohua iwi share learnings from Te Whakaoranga o te Puhinui: The Puhinui Regeneration Project.

Regenerative Design: Waking up to Work that Matters

Waking Up Johnstone St cropped

Tuesday 29 March 2022

Do you wake up at night thinking about the world and wondering if you are doing enough?

Does what I do matter? How could I make my work really count?

Whakaora longs to create a world that works for 100% of life. It is obvious many of our current systems are not working.

How will we change course and create a new path benefitting all of life: One of co-discovery, co-creation, of mutual benefit and co-evolution.

Discover and create a future using the regenerative framework The three lines of work. We will reflect together on work that matters for you, your organisation and the places you care about.

Regenerative Design: Imaging our Urban Future

Regenerating tamaki

Tuesday 30 November 2021

This interactive regenerative design & development design session for designers, makers and stakeholders of the built and natural environments.

We’re in a great transition. Let’s challenge ourselves and reimage the services we offer and the impacts we generate from our projects. This two-hour Whakaora session is resourced by Jerome Partington, Associate Prof Amanda Yates and Akasadaka Robison.
See more on our speakers here.

Facing today’s crises and building on our green, low-carbon, living building and ‘sustainable’ efforts, how can we ensure our thriving future, here in our urban communities of Aotearoa and Tāmaki Makaurau? As our cities and infrastructure develop, what is the opportunity to find new value and relationships in our professional work by engaging with a living systems mindset? How might the Mauri Ora Compass help translate this into essential impacts?

Tuhea ki te rangi

Tuhea ki te whenua

Tuhea ki te ngākau ō ngā tangata

Ko te mea nui

Ko te aroha

Tihei Mauri Ora!

Write it in the sky

Write it on the land

Write it in the hearts of the people

The greatest thing of all

is love

Behold – here is life!

Regenerative Development and Design states the obvious – we need thinking that engages the whole systems approach and includes everyone, on a journey of sourcing project potential. Our future, depends on us transitioning the technical systems we use to drive our world, with the natural living system that sustains all life. To be successful, we need to think beyond our traditional silos of interest, include the generosity of indigenous wisdom and purposefully align for collaboration.
Give a man a fish, feed him for a day Teach a woman to fish, feed her and others for their lives Teach people to care for the ocean, everything thrives
Regenerative Design – Imaging Our Urban Future is a beautiful opportunity for design, cultural, ecological, urban and building professionals plus all other stakeholders, to open up, align and become a force for good to grow the mauri ora of Tāmaki and Aotearoa’s urban communities and places.

Regeneration in Motion
Focus on Māngere and the Mauri Ora Compass

Regeneration in Motion

Wednesday 3 November 2021

Māngere is a place of special significance both in terms of the natural environment and the rich diversity of people and communities. It was originally a flourishing food bowl on the edge of the Manukau, supporting many communities. However after decades of colonisation, physical development and industry the ecosystem has been degraded, much of the original gardens and natural landscapes have disappeared, many people face food insecurity and deep economic and social challenges. There is a ground swell of leadership emerging from Mana Whenua and Māori and community-based organisations to actively work together to regenerate our Māngere – in a way that can sustain the people and Papatūānuku.

This Whakaora session will introduce the Mauri Ora Compass and share stories of local Māngere leadership – ngā awa (streams), manaakitanga food regenerosity and urban ngahere (forests). Join us to hear about re-connection and transformation and help us contemplate how we might think differently, amplify the life force of Māngere and leverage a thriving future for all from our projects across Tāmaki.

An energising and inspiring online panel with:

  • Associate Professor Amanda Yates, AUT
  • Jenny Chilcott, Kāinga Ora
  • Justine Skilling, ME Family Services
  • Lionel Hotene, Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae

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