Field Shops

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Field Shops

To ensure our delegates are fully immersed in the #Liveable experience, RMLA’s Field Shops break our delegates out of the conference room, giving them first-hand insight into Auckland’s unique attributes.

Our Field Shops address the resource management challenges that Auckland’s growing population presents, from new housing supply, infrastructure design and delivery, to re-gentrification and renewal of older urban areas, through to conservation of natural habitats.

To download the full Conference and Fieldshop Programme, please CLICK HERE.

Friday Fieldshops

Friday Fieldshops

#SkyWalker

Enjoy the 360° panoramic views of Auckland from the iconic Sky Tower, the jewel in Auckland’s skyline! The Sky Tower, Auckland’s world-famous observation and telecommunications tower, was opened in 1997. At a height of 328 metres, it is the tallest freestanding structure in the southern hemisphere, ranking among the world’s tallest towers.

On this fieldshop you will gain an insider’s perspective into the New Zealand International Conference Centre (NZICC) (currently under construction).  NZICC will share a progress update, replete with anecdotes of development hurdles they have overcome, and their vision for delivering a world-class convention centre facility.

#Bicycle

Join us and GHD for a (hopefully e-Bike) cycle tour of some of Auckland’s most iconic cycleways. Meeting under the Harbour Bridge, the tour will start with a session on the development plans for the Harbour Bridge Park, and an update on the Skypath. It will then be ‘on your bikes’ to cycle along the picturesque shared path through Westhaven, Silo Park and over Te Whero Bridge to the Viaduct. The next stop will be the Ferry Terminal. Here we will come together for a short discussion on the Waterfront and Downtown developments, and how cycling will fit within these plans, especially in relation to connecting with other forms of transport eg Light Rail and Ferry. Back on your bike, you’ll head along Quay Street and cut in to the Beach Road cycle route. At Vector Arena, we will stop for a much needed refreshment break and hearfrom Sharleen Hannon, Senior Transport Planner at GHD. Sharleen will discuss the opportunities and challenges, including the behaviour and culture change needed to get more people on bikes and ways to avoid the bikelash, that some of this new cycling infrastructure is bringing.

Feeling refreshed, we will head up the Grafton Gully Cycleway to the Canada Street Bridge and take a break at start of Te Ara Whiti, The Lightpath (or pink cycleway to many!). Here we are hoping to hear from NZTA around their wider plans for input into cycling in New Zealand. Making our way down over the iconic pink path, we will meet at the end to hear from Ronnie Salunga, who led the cycleway project for NZTA. Ronnie will discuss some of the challenges involved in delivering the project in a tight time-frame and in a challenging location. The tour with then end with a short cycle to City Works Depot. Here, with a refreshing drink in hand, we will hear from Kathryn King, Auckland Transport’s Walking and Cycling Manager. Kathryn will talk about Auckland’s bold cycling strategy designed to encourage healthy, zero carbon transport alternatives in the CBD.

The #bicycle field shop will be an engaging and thought provoking trip, along with a picturesque tour of the city. You will hear from a range of speakers, discussing Auckland and New Zealand’s wider plans for cycling and some of the challenges they are facing. You will also get to experience first-hand some of Auckland’s most iconic and talked about cycleways. We are hoping to source e-Bikes for this tour, however if not there will be plenty of time to make your way around the planned route using your own pedal power.

*The #Bicycle Field shop is proudly sponsored by GHD.

#Gateway

The Port of Auckland is New Zealand’s busiest container port, handling approximately 900,000 standard 20-foot containers each year.  The Port is critical infrastructure for Auckland and faces unique resource management challenges in providing for growth in Auckland’s freight demand.

This fieldshop provides a rare opportunity to get behind the Port of Auckland’s red fence and have a behind-the-scenes look at the Port, by bus.  The guided tour will conclude with drinks at Ostro Brasserie & Bar, overlooking Captain Cook Wharf.

*Numbers are limited!

#Move

Visit and learn about New Zealand’s largest construction project, the City Rail Link. The City Rail Link is a new underground rail line linking Britomart and the city centre with the existing western line in Mt Eden.

On this tour you will see the project in action, hear about consenting issues relevant to large scale infrastructure projects, and understand the community engagement undertaken including during construction. The City Rail Link is the top transport project for Auckland and will unlock benefits for the transport network to make Auckland a more liveable city. It is estimated to take 5.5 years to build.

#Regenerate

Join Rod Marler and the Panuku Development Auckland team for a walking tour of the internationally acclaimed Wynyard Quarter.

Learn first-hand from the place shapers themselves about one of New Zealand’s largest urban regeneration projects.

Find out what’s in store as Panuku Development Auckland works to radically improve the quality of urban living, creating a liveable, sustainable city that Aucklander’s will cherish for generations to come.

End the tour with refreshments at the spectacular award winning Mason Bros building with Warren & Mahoney and the New Zealand Green Building Council. This redevelopment project involved the adaptive reuse of a character warehouse space into a green star rated three storey commercial development at the heart of the Wynyard Quarter Innovation Precinct.

 #YRMLA

Join the YRMLA for a visit to the youngest of the region’s volcanic cones, the iconic Rangitoto Island.

Depart Auckland CBD by ferry at 2pm, arriving at Rangitoto at 2.30pm for a tour of its unique lava landscape during a walk to the top to enjoy the unrivalled 360 degree views.  You will hear from Pest Free Auckland, who will explain their role in maintaining Rangitoto’s diverse ecosystem.

Round off with a sunset cruise back to Auckland, with networking drinks and nibbles on the harbour and a chance to enjoy Auckland’s cityscape at dusk.

*$45.00 surcharge – places are limited!

#Academic

Updates on Resource Management / environmental law developments, led by RMLA Academic Advisory Group members, including Ruataniwha litigation analysis with Sally Gepp, Environmental Lawyer, RFB.  All welcome.

Admire Auckland Harbour by boat, en route to Waiheke Island, where you will sample Auckland’s premier wines and vistas.

Kitt Littlejohn, Barrister, Quay Chambers, will offer first-hand insight into two recent marina consenting processes on the island at Matiatia and Kennedy Point.

A day on Waiheke wouldn’t be complete without a tasting of award-wining wines, as explained by the winemakers themselves. Hop between two of Waiheke’s premier vineyards and hear from local winemakers about producing on the Island, the local climate and the great vintages.

*$45.00 surcharge – places are limited!

#Climb

Experience amazing views across Auckland from the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge and learn about the operational needs of Auckland’s most critical piece of infrastructure.  Starting on the North Shore, the fieldshop will be facilitated by the Auckland Motorway Alliance, a unique maintenance alliance who operate and maintain Auckland’s motorway network.  Representatives from the NZ Transport Agency will discuss projects in the vicinity including the Te Onewa Pā upgrade (also known as Stokes Point Reserve), the Additional Waitematā Harbour Crossing Project and SeaPath – a walking and cycling path working in conjunction with SkyPath to provide connection between Auckland’s city centre to Akoranga/Esmonde Road. The fieldshop will finish with drinks in Northcote before boarding a ferry from Northcote Point back to the city.

*$35.00 surcharge – places are limited!

#Climb is proudly sponsored by Chapman Tripp

#MfE

Ministry for the Environment workshop – National Planning Standards

Check out how the National Planning Standards for RMA plan structure, format, definitions and metrics could work with real plans. The Ministry for the Environment, Waikato Regional Council and Waitomo District Council will present a simplified regional plan and district plan that are moulded to the draft Planning Standards provisions being developed.

Delegates will then split into two groups for an interactive discussion: one group on the regional plan changes and the other group on the district plan changes. The groups will discuss how the Standards could work (or don’t work), legal implications, and options for improvement.

The workshop will run from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Afterwards, get outside and enjoy an Auckland afternoon!

Saturday Fieldshops

Admire the Hauraki Gulf by boat en route to Waiheke Island for an action-packed afternoon.   Swing your way through native bush at Waiheke’s Eco-Zipline, followed by a boardwalk through the lush forest.  Hear from barrister and former RMLA President, Martin Williams, as he discusses the Man O’ War case, its journey to the Court of Appeal, and the implications of the “Outstanding Natural Landscape” classification over 1925ha of land at the eastern end of Waiheke Island.  Complete the afternoon enjoying the picturesque scenery and refreshments at one of the Island’s premier vineyards.

*$140.00 surcharge – places are limited!

#Conservation

Explore the enchanting wildlife sanctuary of Tiritiri Matangi Island. Expert guides will lead you to hidden spots on the Island where native wildlife is in abundance. You will learn the history of Tiritiri Matangi against a backdrop of native birdsong echoing through the canopy.

A beacon of conservation, the Island has been replanted with native species, all mammalian predators eradicated, and a number of threatened and endangered bird and reptile species have been successfully reintroduced, including the flightless takahe, one of the world’s rarest species, and the tuatara. There are few places in New Zealand where you can readily see and walk amongst so many rare species.

*$80.00 surcharge – places are limited!

#Whitewater

Vector Wero Whitewater Park – gain an adrenalin-laced insight into Greater Auckland’s regeneration.

*$95.00 surcharge – places are limited!

#Fringe

Take a tour around the Vinegar Lane development in Ponsonby and learn about the challenges that the development faced over many years but ultimately resulting in a successful outcome.  Delegates will be guided by members of the Isthmus team who were instrumental in the delivery of the development and can provide insights into the process and design concepts.  The fieldshop will wrap up with drinks nearby in Ponsonby.

#Airside

Auckland Airport is destined to grow quickly from 14 million passenger movements in 2013 to 40 million in 2044.  Auckland Airport’s 30 year vision to build a world-class airport presents a range of challenges and opportunities for a growing city.  At this field shop, delegates will be given a unique airside bus tour of Auckland Airport and its development aspirations.  The guided tour will conclude with refreshments at the nearby Villa Maria vineyard.

*Places are limited!

#Growth

Visit Hobsonville Point, an ambitious, dynamic project being facilitated by the Hobsonville Land Company (HLC). This tour begins at the inspiring Catalina Café, with a presentation from Auckland Council on the impressive structure planning process for growth at Whenuapai.

A short tour around Hobsonville Point will provide delegates with the opportunity to explore the diverse housing typologies and unique townscape of the area.

A bus shuttle across the Whenuapai Peninsula gives a sense of the scale of growth anticipated for the area, and the receiving environment for growth.

The final stop will be the iconic Hallertau brewery at Riverhead, where delegates will have the opportunity to sample the highly-acclaimed craft beers.

Places are limited!

#Regenerate

Join Rod Marler and the Panuku Development Auckland team for a walking tour of the internationally acclaimed Wynyard Quarter.

Learn first-hand from the place shapers themselves about one of New Zealand’s largest urban regeneration projects.

Find out what’s in store as Panuku Development Auckland works to radically improve the quality of urban living, creating a liveable, sustainable city that Aucklander’s will cherish for generations to come.

End the tour with refreshments at the spectacular award winning Mason Bros building with Warren & Mahoney and the New Zealand Green Building Council. This redevelopment project involved the adaptive reuse of a character warehouse space into a green star rated three storey commercial development at the heart of the Wynyard Quarter Innovation Precinct.

*This programme may be subject to change at any time.

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