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Conversation about conservation-engaging the public to act

@ VOL 37 ON SEP 19, 2018

Amy Johnston-Bray started down the road of becoming a research scientist but discovered she liked talking about science much more. Over the last 18 years she has created a multitude of science exhibitions, shows and public programmes in Australia and New Zealand. In this talk she takes on the thorny issue of engaging the public in conservation issues in an era of competing narratives also known as 'fake news'.

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Working with the world's rarest and smallest dolphins

@ VOL 37 ON SEP 19, 2018

Jesu Valdés is a Chilean marine biologist and PhD candidate at University of Otago (Dunedin). After working with sea otters, blue whales and dolphins in different parts of the world, she decided to move to New Zealand to study the endemic, endangered Hector's dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori hectori) in Banks Peninsula. Her project consists on evaluating the effects of mussel farming on the dolphins' use of habitat.

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A Contribution to Sustainability

@ VOL 37 ON SEP 19, 2018

Rebecca Tavete is the founder and CEO of ARGO beach Co-working. Rebecca’s initial goal was to bring sustainable living to people from the heaviness that can come with the daily grind of office life. The creation of ARGO was focused on bringing the true meaning of work–life balance into play. Space where family and community are welcomed, where people are supported and appreciated where success is acknowledged and congratulated where people can do business and still have a sense of self….where working is not a chore but fun. 

Rebecca shares her story about getting to the place of pure joy and commitment to building an eco-system that’s acting local and thinking global.

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Who is Hussain to me

@ VOL 37 ON SEP 19, 2018

Zahra Hussaini is originally Afghan, born in Iran and lived most of her life in Christchurch. She's studied Applied Science and is a Farsi language interpreter and a youth worker. Brought up in a family that loves to give back to the community and millions of people like herself take inspiration from Hussain ibn Ali.
She's always been passionate about helping people wherever possible so being part of who is Hussain has been an eye opening journey for her. Here she shares her story of “who is Hussain?" to her.

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Celebrating the unlovable and the unseen

@ VOL 37 ON SEP 19, 2018

Dr. Victoria Metcalf is a marine biologist, geneticist and science communicator committed to making a difference. She has made many trips to the Antarctic, researching environmental change impacts on Antarctic fish and shellfish. Victoria manages the Participatory Science Platform, where communities, educators and scientists receive funding to work together on locally meaningful projects. She finds this a highly rewarding role that matches her passion for engaging everyone with science. Victoria has also been a steadfast advocate for women in STEM.

She balances all of this with being a single mother to her eight-year-old daughter, and they especially enjoy exploration of the world around them together on bike and foot. Here, Victoria discusses charisma in the natural world, how it impacts our conservation decisions, and how we can use a different lens to see beauty and value in all living things. She explores how such a change in perspective might also affect how we value and celebrate the all too often hidden contributions of women in, and the diversity of, science.

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Gender bias and technology

@ VOL 37 ON SEP 19, 2018

Brianne Fick is a multipotentialite who moved to New Zealand three years ago. With a foundation in marketing and design, Bree understands the severity and risks associated with uninhibited media. At some point between her 8 years in the national Canadian youth military program, and her 4 years studying for an undergrad degree in secondary education, Bree decided to dedicate her talents to inspiring the creation of a more beautiful world. Although she enjoyed the taste of an academic life, Bree set sails for New Zealand and plunged her hands into the soil of entrepreneurship - where she discovered the potential that exists with the merging of sweat, software and local food. From there she realised that she could combine her military, marketing, and entrepreneurship experiences with education. She now creates and facilitates programs to share these skills with adults who opt-in to participate in creating the future that we all hope is possible.

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Can dogs sniff out a Needle in A Haystack?

@ VOL 37 ON SEP 19, 2018

Dr Fiona Thomson is an enthusiastic plant ecologist with a soft spot for dogs. She has long been fascinated by the diversity of ways plants disperse their seeds, with her research focusing on understanding how plants spread across the landscape. She has spent over 14 years roaming around the beautiful landscapes of NZ and Australia for her work.

One of the difficulties she has encountered during this time is trying to find a particular species of plant when it looks similar to all the surrounding vegetation. After adopting a dog from the SPCA she decided to test out a crazy idea; whether a dog could sniff out the ecological equivalent of a needle in a haystack. Here she takes you through her recent project looking at whether dogs can be used to find Chilean Needle Grass, an invasive agricultural weed that hides in paddocks around Hawkes Bay, Marlborough and Canterbury.

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Writing, Women and World II

@ VOL 37 ON SEP 19, 2018

Jo Bailey is a full time freelance writer, editor and author who writes books in her 'spare time'. She has just published her fourth, called Never Forget, a collection of six extraordinary, true World War II stories.

In this PechaKucha, Jo introduces the courageous people in her book, whose lives were turned upside down by war. She also discusses her own journey as a reader and writer, which led to the creation of Never Forget. Jo hopes being reminded of the horrors of war might lead to a conversation about how we can move on from the things which divide us and focus instead on building community, compassion and love.

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Power of 'Do vs Dream'

@ VOL 37 ON SEP 19, 2018

Hollie Woodhouse is an endurance athlete, adventurer and designer. Passionate about the positive impact that adventure and sport can have on people’s lives, Hollie believes everyone should be their own movement maker.

Growing up in Mid-Canterbury, her childhood was like most rural kiwi kids – helping on the farm, riding her pony, and exploring the mountains and rivers on her doorstep. An Outward Bound experience at 28-years-old led her to setting some simple goals, resulting in her competing in the iconic Coast to Coast 2-Day and 1-day and running 260km in the Sahara Desert and 230km in the Amazon Jungle.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Hollie met her match on her latest mission – 29 days Nordic-skiing across the Greenland ice cap. In this talk she shares the good, the bad and the hurricanes, and ultimately, how it’s all about the top two inches.

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Truth bee told

@ VOL 37 ON SEP 19, 2018

Kristina Macdonald, a 26 year old ecologist at the beginning of her vocation is currently working in the biodiversity team at the Christchurch City Council. With a passion for conservation, Kristina is involved in a range of enviro ventures including lizard and bird monitoring, pest plant management and urban biodiversity.

Knowing the importance of community involvement to improve local biodiversity, Kristina has led the Backyard Mistletoe Project for the last two years. This project has successfully seen over 16 thousand native, locally rare mistletoe seeds sown by our community in backyards all over Christchurch. In this PechaKucha, Kristina highlights the importance of science behind conservation by telling the story of pollination decline and community efforts.

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Circulating our City “Macro to Micro”

@ VOL 36 ON SEP 17, 2018

"The daily moments where you interact with a building, can they be moments where you tell the story of the city you're in, and connect yourself to the place?"

Joseph Hampton joined Warren and Mahoney in 2006 whilst studying towards his degree in architecture, graduating from Victoria University in 2007 with first class honours. He was appointed Associate in 2017.

Joseph has worked on many challenging projects requiring focused attention to design, detailing and overall project coordination. Joseph is an extremely talented Architect having won numerous awards and scholarships over the past five years. Of particular interest and strength is integrating innovative and environmentally sustainable building systems into contemporary architecture. Joseph also completed his Green Star Accreditation in June 2008.  

In this PechaKucha, Joseph talked about the importance of weaving in identity and acknowledging bi-cultural practice when designing for cities. He discussed the need to design spaces that celebrate equality and diversity from 'Macro to Micro'.

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Is public transport planning just for bureaucrats and consultants, or is there space for true community involvement?

@ VOL 36 ON SEP 17, 2018

Rob Henderson worked tirelessly for 6 years promoting bike share as part of Christchurch's public transport network. After being told "now's not the time for new ideas" he crowd-funded and launched a bike share pilot, and built a local community in support of the idea; providing the basis for a city business case for bike share. Before watching consultants and overseas companies get all the rewards.