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Canterbury Tech Techweek – The Future of Transport Day

May 15, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Canterbury Tech Techweek Hub – The Future of Transport Day

Tickets here: https://events.humanitix.com/cant-techweek-hub-the-future-of-transport

Canterbury Tech hosts a day of inspiring speakers and events exploring the amazing work happening in Canterbury about preparing and developing the future of transport at the Tech Week Hub at EPIC centre.

When: Monday 15 May 2023

Where: EPIC Innovation Centre, 100 Manchester Street, Christchurch

When : 12pm to 3pm at EPIC Centre,  Manchester Street  followed by at Chamber of Commerce event at the Airforce museum



12.00pm – 1.00pm: Collaborating to Solve NZ’s Transport Challenges

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will talk about their journey launching the innovation fund Hoe ki angitū.

Fund recipients Connor Read from Shutl, Ria Chapma from Abley, and Rochelle Hardy from Jacobs (all based in Christchurch) talk about their projects, experience of, and opportunities created through, the Fund.

This will be followed by a Q&A opportunity.

Panel MC:
Lee McKenzie, Manager Future Transport, Waka Kotahi

Speaker Bios:

Rochelle Hardy leads Jacobs ANZ Placemaking team across Aotearoa and Australia. She has extensive experience in integrated land use and transport planning, strategic planning, thought leadership, sustainability, and engagement. Rochelle is passionate about delivering social and sustainable outcomes through projects and challenging BAU.

Aidan Smith is a co-founder of Shutl, a company focused on transforming urban transportation patterns by promoting micro-mobility solutions.”

Ria Chapman is Innovation Manager at Abley, a transport and location intelligence consultancy. Abley are developing and trialling a prototype application to enable employers to provide their employees with personalised travel planning and incentives to change commuter behaviour.


1.00pm – 2.00pm: The Future of Transport in Canterbury

The future is closer than you think. 2023 is a pivotal year for climate response. This session will outline what this once in a generation environmental shift means for the transport system in Canterbury and how innovation and technology can support that.

Speaker Bio:

Clare Pattison is a Principal Strategy Advisor at Environment Canterbury currently working on shifting the transport system and prioritizing investments in the Canterbury region. With her knowledge of environmental and social systems, and experience in significant change, Clare looks at the long-term future to support systems leadership.


2.00pm – 3.00pm: Aotearoa New Zealand, an Aerospace Nation!

In 2022, Aotearoa New Zealand launched the fourth most rockets in the world, behind the United States, China and Russia. We now have a unique opportunity to solidify our position as a major Space-going nation, and embed it into our Kiwi Identity. Hear about the trailblazers right here on our doorstep and how we plan to continue to grow the ecosystem.

Speakers Bios:

Mark Rocket, CEO, Kea Aerospace and Committee President Aerospace New Zealand
Mark Rocket is an Internet and Aerospace entrepreneur, seed investor and co-founder of Rocket Lab (2007-2011) and and CEO of Kea Aerospace who are developing a solar-powered, remotely piloted aircraft that will fly continuously in the stratosphere.

Victoria Harman, Operations Manager, Aerospace New Zealand
Victoria supports the development and growth of the local and national aerospace community through strategic partnerships and project implementation.

Catherine Moreau Hammond, Dawn Aerospace
Catherine has led and advised on communications in a number of space companies in New Zealand, the US and the UK – spanning launch, smallsat development, green propulsion and data and insights. In early 2021, Catherine returned from the UK and is the Sales & Marketing Manager at Dawn Aerospace, a space transportation company providing on-orbit propulsion and a same-day reusable spaceplane.


3.00pm – 4.00pm: Modern Inconvenience
The convenances of modern life bring with them their own inconvinences. Can bicycles be the balance between high-tech and low-tech that our transport system needs to remain robust in the face or uncertain times?

Speaker Bio:

Meet David Trought – a pragmatic mechanical designer and the visionary founder of Along Bicycle Co. Armed with a diverse background working with big-name brands and startups across various industries, David has set his sights on revolutionizing urban transportation by transforming bicycles into the ultimate everyday vehicle.


3.00pm – 5.00pm: Developing a Sustainable Transport Plan for Your Business

Hosted by: The Chamber

Venue: The Chamber, 57 Kilmore Street, Christchurch

An informative and engaging event on how to decarbonise a business fleet and make sustainable transportation choices for your business.

Gain practical insights to help you reduce your business’ carbon footprint and save money on fuel costs.

The speaking portion of the event will last for approximately 1 hour, followed by networking and the opportunity to view cars and EV charging equipment.

Find out more and to book, see here.


Paul Deavoll
Paul is currently Head of Customer & Communications for Orion NZ Ltd, a local electricity distribution business. Paul’s team are responsible for Orion’s external relationships including communications, stakeholder and customer relationships, internal engagement and Orion’s sustainability strategy and actions.


Jonathan Pooch, Deta Consulting
Carbon impact – what you need to know and consider to decarbonise your fleet

Dave Boot, EV City
Buying EVs – new vs buying secondhand

Ed Harvey, Evnex
Charging – process and costs for installing an EV charger, what you need to know

Jamie Gray, Infrastructure and Operations Manager, Jump Charging Limited & Christopher Boyle, Managing Director, Fabrum
New Zealand’s infrastructure to support commercial and heavy fleets

Richard Briggs, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority
Funding opportunities and public charging infrastructure

Julia-Rose, Torpedo 7
Alternative travel – should we be considering ebikes & e-scooters?

EV Experience


5.30pm – 7.00pm: PowerUp your career in tech

For job seekers, career changers and student interested in a tech or software career

Join us to discover how to effectively showcase your learning and coding abilities using systems like GitHub.

Find out more and to register – https://events.humanitix.com/powerup-your-career-in-tech


May 15, 2023
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Event Category:


Canterbury Tech




EPIC Innovation Centre
100 Manchester St
Christchurch, Canterbury 8011 New Zealand
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