Zoë Avery and Renée Davies were two inspiring speakers chosen to share their “great idea” to 100 delegates at the first TEDxTutukākā event held on 7 April, 2018. The theme of the event was Tapuwae - Footprints in Our Sand. Zoë and Renée spoke about designing living roofs to maximise benefits for the built environment, people and nature. Explaining a local example, the Hundertwasser Art Centre and Wairau Maori Art Gallery, where they have had the privilege of working alongside a large and dedicated group of people to champion a living roof project in Whangarei.
TEDxTutukākā later posted on their Facebook page "my favourite bit was when...." for the 2018 event, where a delegate Kirsty responded "for me, it was when Renee & Zoë put up their beautiful slide showing what Whangarei CBD COULD look like - with a green and vibrant heart - and there was a collective quiet 'ooooo' from the audience and someone close to me said 'that's what we need'" and another delegate responding “same Kirsty. What a beautiful vision these 2 have.”
The Hundertwasser project is a fantastic example of how a building and its living roof, designed in consideration of living urbanism, can add to the vibrancy and well-being of a local community. Living Urbanism is a set of design principles that reflect the sensory connection between humans, the built environment and nature. Design outcomes aim is to make environments more permeable for people and wildlife.
TEDxTutukākā was a huge success, the kaupapa was followed through in every aspect, creating an amazing sense of community, driving to be zero-waste and accessible to the hearing impaired. The locally handmade, plastic-free, re-useable, goodie bags just reinforced the messages around living the values discussed during the day.