NUWAO News Articles, and Interviews


Living cities combat climate change

Article on AUT News 29 June 2022

“Cities must more comprehensively understand and respond to local climate, ecologies, peoples, and their knowledges. Built environment professionals, scientists and policymakers can and should effectively utilise the urban climate–biodiversity–wellbeing nexus of relationships to enhance the resilience of cities and communities and increase the health of ecosystems and the climate they exist within and are dependent upon.”

Image from Regenerative living cities and the urban climate–biodiversity–wellbeing nexus, Nature Climate Change

Nature-based urban design for wellbeing and adaptation in Oceania

Blog post on DevPolicy Blog 27 June 2022

Reprinted in the Vanuatu Daily Post Tuesday June 28, 2022

‘In Oceania, both terrestrial and marine ecosystems, and the services they provide, are crucial for subsistence livelihoods, wellbeing and cultural identity, as well as for adapting to the adverse effects of climate change. How then can we address climate change, while increasing human wellbeing in Oceania? Perhaps nature-based design, where we strategically work with nature rather than against it, offers some solutions’.

Image by Mercia Abbott

New research looks at climate impacts on Pac urbanisation

Interview with Radio New Zealand 28 January 2021

‘The pressures of climate change on the Pacific’s cities and towns will be the focus of a new project about to get underway….’

The Kiribati capital and most populated area, South Tarawa, consists of several islets, connected by a series of causeways.

Looking to nature to design climate-resilient cities

News article on NewsRoom Oct 30 2020

‘Aotearoa New Zealand and other Pacific Islands are at the forefront of climate change impacts affecting ecosystems and human wellbeing, so how do we adapt our cities to be more resilient and more liveable? Dr Maibritt Pedersen Zari is leading an interdisciplinary team of researchers developing an Oceania-specific form of urban design that explores how Indigenous knowledge can better prepare us for the future’…

Relationships between urban design and human health and wellbeing are well-documented, and positive impacts are most often linked to the presence and creation of urban green and blue spaces — a critical part of urban climate change adaptation. Image: Sarah Burns