When the last conference of this type and size took place 13 long years ago, also in Wellington, the then Prime Minister, Helen Clark, described that event as “a good sequel” to the launch of the 2005 Urban Design Protocol
– a groundbreaking initiative for its time, but one that has languished since.
An undercurrent beneath Urbanism New Zealand’s diverse presentations was that we again need to pick up the pace and direction of change in our urban environs. Indeed, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford’s opening words
were that it couldn’t be a more timely event.