Reclaimed Christmas Tree

reclaim_xmas.jpgAuckland’s Aotea Square’s 2013 Christmas Celebrations promoted holiday cheer and environmental awareness. A 7m tall Christmas tree, lit up beautifully at night, was adorned by 12 smaller Christmas trees.

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Christchurch Earthquake Repair Foundation Design

Habitat_1.JPGEngineers Without Borders formed a project team of highly qualified Christchurch engineers, including two geotechnical engineers and one cost estimator, who have been donating their time to assist Habitat for Humanity be assisting them with the post-quake repair of a severely damaged Habitat home in Aranui.

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Warm Homes

Warm_Homes_1.jpgWarm_Homes_2.jpgEWBNZ is currently running the Warm Homes initiative in Christchurch. This program aims to keep students healthy, toasty and warm over winter by assessing the condition of flats, and then doing what we can to fix any problems. This program has been running for over two years.

Our goals: 

  • To keep students warm and healthy over the cold winter months.
  • To help reduce power bills.

Why is this initiative important?

University students generally have low incomes and live in poor quality housing. Many students have just moved out of the family home and have limited knowledge of efficient heating and energy conservation. During winter, these factors result in cold living environments, higher than manageable power bills, or both.

Cold living environments can easily lead to poor health and wellbeing which negatively impacts university performance and general quality of life.

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Kaitiakitanga Community Energy

ODC_site_visit_2013.jpgThe Kaitiakitanga Community Energy partnership is aimed at creating a community owned renewable energy enterprise within Te Whanau a Apanui on the NZ’s East Cape.  The Kaitiakitanga Community Energy partnership had a great start with the 2013 Odyssey Design Challenge recognising the potential for Te Whanau a Apanui to utilise their natural resources in conjunction with sustainable energy technologies, and bring energy security back to the coast.

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Avon Otakaro Network Hydraulic Modelling

avon_birds.JPGThe Avon-Otakaro Network (AvON) is a community led group with a strong sustainable vision for Christchurch’s Red Zone, aiming to restore and enhance the ecosystems, natural habitat, biodiversity and recreation of the city’s waterways.

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Kyle Update 2

Hooray, I made it!


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Kyle Update 1

The Wawan water supply project is back up and running after being suspended in wake of the devastating cyclone Pam. Life is starting to return to normal in Vanuatu 12 months after Pam made landfall. Although, there are still wrecks to be removed, runways to be repaired and coconuts to re-grow.

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Social Enterprise in Tongan Schools

The Social Enterprise in Tongan Schools Odyssey Challenge will see students designing a technical strategy and business plan for a social enterprise which will assist Tongan schools with their energy and water needs, while reducing their environmental impact. Power and water bills are a significant burden for rural Tongan schools, and on occasion have forced some to close due to lack of funds. A past project carried out by EWBNZ’s to assist Vava’u High School in northern Tonga will be used as a case study, and will provide examples of previously attempted technical options and their level of success. Students’ research will provide further options to explore.

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Disaster Management and Preparedness

EWBNZ is again working with the three hapu of Te Whanau-a-Apanui in the Bay of Plenty on a community scale disaster management and preparedness assessment on its existing resources and future development initiatives.

The Odyssey Design Challenge features real life problem solving experience, networking opportunity with professional practitioners as well as an opportunity to make a difference. The teams will go through a well-structured 4 months programme consisting of two workshops, a community site visit and receive tips and feedback from the well-regarded judging panel as well as their very own team mentor. They also have the opportunities to present and share their findings in forms of poster, report and presentation. There is a prize pool of $2600 for the winning teams, sponsored by SKM.

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Energy and Sustainable Resourcing

EWBNZ is partnering with Hikurangi Foundation to work on the Kaitiakitanga initative to support a relatively isolated coastal community in the Bay of Plenty to tackle energy and sustainable resourcing issues.

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