Speaker Series

As a way to start the conversation and raise awareness for the different phases of the Planning for Growth project, we will be hosting multiple speaker series events, where we will hear from various professionals near and far, who will help us imagine the possibilities for our future city.

See the speakers and register for our upcoming series

See what our previous speakers have said from our 2019 Speaker series

Speaker series | 2020

To get you thinking, and keen to have your say on the future shape of your city, we are hosting a free Speaker Series.  Come along to hear from the experts, near and far on living comfortably with risk, and bold ideas for a new urban community.

This 2020 Speaker Series is a precursor to city wide engagement on where and how our city might grow. Hosted by Mayor Andy Foster, and MC Bryan Crump of RNZ nights, we hope to see you there.

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A city made for Wellington life | 5.30pm Thursday 20 February

A city made for Wellington Life’ looks at what it takes to be a liveable city in the face of population growth, where and how we live our lives are at the heart of urban design.


Vida Christeller | Manager City Design and Place Planning, Wellington City Council

Scott Ebbett | Senior Planner, MRCagney

Andrew Body | Director, Let's Get Wellington Moving

Leonie Freeman | CEO, Property Council New Zealand

Speaker series February 20 2020 Speakers

Living comfortably with risk | 5.30pm Thursday 27 February

Being ready for anything’  explores the issues that stress, or shock a city, and how people should both prepare and recover.


Mike Mendonca | Chief Resilience Officer, Wellington City Council

Tim Grafton | Chief Executive, Insurance Council of New Zealand

Margot Christeller | Consultant

Speaker series February 27 2020 Speakers

The new urban community | 5.30pm Thursday 5 March

The new urban community’ discusses emerging ways of living in communities, and Te Aranga Māori design principles in urban planning.


David Sim | Creative Director, Gehl Architects

Rau Hoskins | Director, designTRIBE

Spacecraft Architects | The people behind Urban Habitat Collective

Speaker series March 5 2020 Speakers

Speaker series | 2019

In March 2019 we hosted Our City Tomorrow: The Speaker Series to kick off engagement for the Planning for Growth Project. The series consisted of three sessions where we heard from the Mayor and the experts on everything from the hopes of our young people, to how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming the way we live, to living carbon neutral, to bringing nature to the city.

Check out what the said about being a smart capital, planning for growth, and creating places for people.