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Speakers from the diverse industries shaping our future come together to present their version of ‘what next’ for Auckland.

Auckland Art Gallery’s major exhibition, Civilisation, Photography, Now illustrates our increasingly global and connected society. It encourages viewers to consider not just the places we inhabit, but also the ways we consume, the relationships we maintain, the adventures we dream of and the technology we’re yet to imagine. What does this all mean for us in Tāmaki Makaurau? And what, now, does this mean for us as a society in light of a global pandemic? What does our future look like?

From architecture to leisure, marketing to sustainability, urban planning to global travel, our speakers will be talking about their ideal future for Tāmaki Makaurau. Within their presentations, they’ll highlight a selection of works from the exhibition, using these powerful images as a departure point for a wider conversation about Auckland, now and in the next decades.

With the Gallery open late you’ll be able to view the full extent of this exhibition, explore the wider programme of events for Artweek Auckland.

Please note: This event has a limited capacity. To ensure the safety of others, we will be contact tracing and it is necessary to register for a ticket prior to entry. Registration for this event will open on Mon 21 Sep. 



Simon Wilson
Award-winning writer and editor Simon Wilson is a senior writer at The New Zealand Herald, and formerly the editor of Metro, and Auckland editor of The Spinoff. 


Tim Robinson, Senior Urban Designer at Jasmax
Tim is a Senior Urban Designer at Jasmax specialising in large-scale urban regeneration, transit-oriented development, master-planning, affordable housing, co-design and sustainable design. With a significant body of experience both here and in the UK including work for Tāmaki Regeneration, Kāinga Ora, NZTA, Auckland Transport, CRL Limited and diverse developers, Tim is passionate about creating connected, people-centric communities and cities for a post-carbon future that reflects the unique culture of Aotearoa New Zealand

Lucy Tukua, Indigenous Regenerative Practitioner, Design and Engagement at NativebyNature
Lucy is a passionate kaitiaki for her Iwi of both WAIKATO: Ngāti Tahinga and HAURAKI: Ngāti Paoa and Ngāti Whanaunga. As a member on the Auckland Design Panel she is a strong and passionate advocate for the Te Aranga Design Strategy adopted by Council's Design Office, an influential tool that provides for the strong input of Mana Whenua, their stories of place and kaitaikitanga values within the built environment. She is also a member on Council's Urban Design Panel.

Caroline Hope, Process Engineer at Beca
Caroline is a Process Engineer specialising in sustainability. She helps clients to understand the carbon impact of their operations and projects and works with them to find engineering solutions that can reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to a Net Zero Carbon future for New Zealand. Seeing carbon as the starting point, Caroline promotes integrated, multidisciplinary thinking to enable solutions that are regenerative and provide benefits across the pillars of society. She draws on her experience with Engineers Without Borders and the UNESCO Imagining Decolonised Cities urban design competition to inform her approach.

Charles Walker, Head of Huri Te Ao The School of Future Environment at AUT
The new school exemplifies the university’s strategic commitment to developing these novel constellations of knowledge and modes of learning. ‘Huri te Ao’ means ‘change the world’ – a more proactive take on AUT’s earlier ‘University for the Changing World’ tagline. The public launch of Huri te Ao was scheduled for April, at Auckland Art Gallery, to coincide with the opening of Civilisation, Photography, Now. Ironically, the cancellation due to COVID-19 might also be taken as sign of the necessity and urgency for such a programme.

Thanks to Auckland Council.


Image credit: Dan Holdsworth, A Machine for Living 01, 1999-2000. Courtesy of the artist and Tate Collection.



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