WIN Wellington: Riverlink


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WIN Wellington together with GHD are delighted to invite you to come and hear more about RiverLink, a $700M infrastructure project.  RiverLink will provide flood resilience to Lower Hutt in conjunction with improvements to the road, rail, cycle and pedestrian infrastructure.  Thus enabling the city centre to reconnect with the Te Awa Kairangi river and for the project to be a catalyst for revitalisation of the city. RiverLink a partnership between Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Greater Wellington Regional Council, Hutt City Council, Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika and Ngāti Toa Rangatira.

Our speakers will run you through this complex and exciting project from the perspective of the mana whenua partnership (Kim Skelton), the Hutt City Council’s transformation objectives for the project and wider investment in the city (Jo Miller), finishing up with some lessons arising from the collaboration required to navigate the consenting phase for the project (Mary O’Callahan).

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Kim Skelton, Management Consultant, Te Atiawa, Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika and Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga 

Kim is of Te Atiawa, Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika and Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga descent. She is a management consultant with over twenty-five years’ experience in Māori development and the treaty settlement sector, as well as a current Trustee and Director responsible for the strategic and commercial development of Te Atiawa Taranaki. This experience, and her expertise in conflict resolution and relationship management, has led to her leadership on a number of co-design programmes at a local government level, where she brings treaty partners together to realise aspirations and achieve broader social, cultural economic and environmental outcomes.

Jo Miller, Chief Executive, Hutt City Council

Jo Miller was appointed Chief Executive of Hutt City Council on 1 July 2019. Prior to this, Jo had a career spanning over 30 years working in local and regional government organisations and has experience working locally, regionally and nationally in the UK, in the public, private and voluntary sectors including her previous role as the Chief Executive at Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, UK, from 2012. 

Since being appointed Jo has taken on a number of governance positions including Vice President of Taituarā - Local Government Professionals Aotearoa, Directorships on the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce and Civic Financial Services Ltd, and membership of the Regional Leadership Group of the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO).

Mary O'Callahan, Principal and Technical Director, GHD

Mary is a Principal and Technical Director with GHD. She has led the planning and consenting work for RiverLink since 2020. Her work has included multi-criteria analysis of options to refine the consent design, preparing the assessment of environmental effects (AEE) statement and appearing as the expert planning witness at the direct referral Environment Court hearing. She is now assisting the RiverLink Project Partners with consenting advice as they prepare to construct the project.


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