Healthy Families Hutt Valley: People-centred urban design

Healthy Families Hutt Valley is led by Hutt City Council and is one of ten Healthy Families NZ communities across Aotearoa. In this webinar, Healthy Families Hutt Valley Manager Hayley Buchan and Project Lead for the Knights Road Connection Project Aileen Campbell will share successes and lessons learnt from recent urban design projects.

About Healthy Families

Healthy Families NZ is a large-scale prevention initiative funded by the Ministry of Health. It brings community leadership together in a united effort for better health in the places where we live, learn, work and play.  By making our environments healthier, we’re laying the foundations for a healthier future for everyone.

With our partners and communities, we work to understand the underlying causes of poor health and then influence the systems and conditions to reduce the impact from risk factors of preventable chronic disease.

About Auaha Evolving Spaces

Auaha Evolving Spaces brings together three projects: the Knights Road Connection project, the Jackson Street project and Play Streets, that put making space for people at the centre of design decisions. It brings together partners, stakeholders, central and local government and community to explore urban challenges and find new ways to create spaces that work better for more people.

Auaha Evolving Spaces was kick started through Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Innovating Streets for People pilot fund. It uses temporary trials and real-world monitoring to influence innovative approaches to the way our city is designed. The Knights Road Connection project uses tactical urbanism techniques to make a safer and more people-friendly journey along Knights Road regardless of transport choice.

About the presenters

Hayley Buchan, Manager Healthy Families Hutt Valley

Hayley has a background in strategic and systems thinking, public health, local government and the NGO sectors in NZ and the UK. She leads the Healthy Families Hutt Valley team to make the most of the opportunity to have lasting impact on the health and wellbeing of our communities and improve health equity. She enjoys the challenge of leading and partnering for impact in this complex and adaptive environment.

Aileen Campbell, Project Lead Knights Road Connection Project and Road Safety Coordinator, Hutt City Council

Aileen has a background in physical activity, community engagement, road safety and event management. She is committed to creating accessible opportunities for the community to be physically active and excited about the potential of active transport to address health and climate issues. In her current role as Road Safety Coordinator she works with communities and Council colleagues to create a safer and more connected transport system. As lead for the Knights Road Connection Project, Aileen has led the team who have successfully completed the first trial and evaluation of a new people-friendly road layout on one of Lower Hutt’s busiest connection routes. Balancing the needs of residents, businesses, students and other road users while testing solutions that will help achieve the national goal of mode shift towards public and active transport.


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