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  • A hand plants a tree seedling

    The benefits of native plantings

    OPINION: There is a beautiful word in te reo Māori that sums up what we must all strive to be to reduce the impacts of climate change—kaitiaki, meaning a carer, protector, and conserver. By being a kaitiaki and caring for plants, as well as caring for our own wellbeing, we can help to conserve Papatūānuku, our precious earth.

  • Emma van Asch

    Alumni profile—Emma van Asch

    Master of User Experience Design (MUXD) alumna Emma van Asch works in the public service as a user experience (UX) designer. She explains what she loves about working in the field of user experience, and how her time at Te Herenga Waka prepared her for the world of work.

  • Design view of walking path in native bush, with white silhouettes of humans and birds.

    Helping communities highlight the wonder of nature

    Master of Landscape Architecture alumna Shanika Tuinder has been helping the community of Miramar, the first predator-free suburb in Aotearoa New Zealand, to plan for the next 30 years.

  • Aerial shot of quarries, from Google Earth.

    Using Google Earth to highlight environmental degradation

    In 1972, Apollo 17 astronauts photographed Earth from 29,000 km away. The resulting so-called Blue Marble image helped galvanise the environmental movement, showing our planet as a fragile and interconnected system, explains Associate Professor Leon Gurevitch.

  • Robyn Phipps Programme Director for Building Science

    Top healthy building researcher comes full circle

    For Wellington School of Architecture alumna Professor Robyn Phipps, returning to the School to direct the Building Science programme was the logical next step in a career originally inspired by her female professor.