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Thursday 6 September

0730 - 1630

Registration Open & Arrival Tea and Coffee
Networking in the Tradeshow foyer

0900 - 0945

Pōwhiri (customary Māori welcome) 

Waiata - Auckland Design Office and Auckland Council Waiata Group

Welcome to Tāmaki Makaurau - Councillor Chris Darby, Auckland Council

Welcome to the conference - Elise Copeland, Principal Specialist Universal Access and Design, Auckland Council

0945 - 1030

Keynote Speaker - Victor Calise, Commissioner, New York City Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities

1030 - 1100

Plenary Speaker - Ludo Campbell-Reid, Design Champion, Auckland Design Office

1100 -1130

Morning tea and networking in the Tradeshow foyer

1130 - 1230


Kainga Hou: Intergenerational living for Tāmaki

Tevita Malolo and Phil Wihongi, Tāmaki Regeneration Company


Participatory design at a neighbourhood scale: Te Ara Mua - Future Streets

Professor Karen Witten, Massey University


System change in transport: Encouraging inclusiveness

Bridget Burdett, Stantec

Living in Place - Housing for our aging populations using Universal Design strategies

Thea Kurdi, Designable Environments Inc.

Child centred design for the new generation of Auckland's suburbs

Haylea Muir, Isthmus Group and Hayley Fitchett, HLC

The Business Case for Walking - Counting Walking to Make Walking Count in Auckland City Centre

Darren Davis, Auckland Design Office

1230 - 1330

Lunch and networking in the Tradeshow foyer

1330 - 1500

Housing cont.

Beyond Function - Universal Design in inspirational new homes

Jason Higham, Higham Architecture

Neighbourhood cont.

Future Neighbourhoods: Designing for inclusivity?

Tricia Austin, University of Auckland

Travel/Tourism cont.

Inclusive Cycling and Universal Design

George Weeks, Auckland Council

Redefining Retirement Living

Shannon Joe, Warren and Mahoney

Access Aware Parking Application

Raewyn Halies, CCS Disability Action

The Awataha Greenway Design collaboration – Healthy habitat and connected community

Helen Kerr, Isthmus Group

Delivering medium density in Auckland

Kamelia Peneva, Isthmus Group

Accessible self-driving and autonomous vehicles

Martine Abel-Williamson, World Blind Union

Streets for all – achieving the balance

John Potter, Boffa Miskell
1500 - 1530

Afternoon tea and networking in the Tradeshow foyer

1530 - 1630

Panel Discussion

Rethinking Tāmaki Makaurau from the Perpective of Women

Vivian Naylor, CCS Disability Action
Olivia Haddon, Māori Design
Rachel Lees-Green, Women in Urbanism
Renata Smit, Auckland Transport

1630 - 1645 Closing Address
Hon Carmel Sepuloni
1800 - 2130

Conference Dinner - Dans le Noir


Friday 7 September

0730 - 1700

Registration Open & Arrival tea and coffee
Networking in the Tradeshow foyer

0830 - 0915

Introduction to Day Two of the Conference

Address by Hon Phil Twyford, Minister for Housing and Urban Development and Transport

0915 - 1000

Keynote Speaker 2 - Bill Forrester, Travability

1000 - 1030

Plenary Speaker - Minnie Baragwaneth, Be Accessible

1030 - 1100

Morning tea and networking in the Tradeshow foyer

1100 - 1230

Workshop 1


Helen James

Workshop 2

Be Curious

Be Accessible

Workshop 3

Accessibility Boot Camp

Sarah Cameron, OPUS and Claire Wilson, Whangarei District Council

Workshop 4

Managing the media and gaining public support for change

Mark Ames, Strategic Cities

Workshop 5

Curiat workshop - Creating community experiences (with Augmented (AR) & Mixed Reality (XR))

Rob Hanks and Grace Brown

1230 - 1330

Lunch and networking in the Tradeshow foyer

1330 - 1400

Touch Compass performance

1400 - 1530


Accessible Neighbourhoods for pedestrians with sight loss

Lui Greco, Canadian National Institute for the Blind


Northcote Town Centre

Duncan Ecob, Isthmus Group


The Accessibility Charter - Canterbury Experience

Amy Hartnell, Earthquake Disability Leadership Group and Lorraine Guthrie, Barrier Free NZ Trust

Difficulties with Door Thresholds: An observational study in aged care residences

Professor Robyn Phipps, Massey University

Environmental Design for Low Vision Mobility Scooter Useres

Keri McMullan, Otago Polytechnic

On the road to becoming the Most Accessible Regional City in Australia

Adam Johnson, Edith Cowan University

Safe and Healthy Streets for Auckland

Kathryn King, Auckland Transport

Manukau Bus Station - A Journey

Steve Gray, Beca


Public Space what it could look like

Dr Dory Reeves, University of Auckland


1530 - 1600 Afternoon tea and networking in the Tradeshow foyer
1600 - 1700

Closing of conference / Call to Action

Closing Karakia

Saturday 8 September

1000 - 1200

Te Ao Tangata Hikoi Universal Design Tour

Guided tour of universal design highlights in the Auckland City Centre

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsor

Be Accessible logo, registered trademark. Yellow circle with a large bold word

Universal Design City Tour Sponsor

Satchel Sponsor