2016 Programme

Across three days, attendees will participate in frank, robust presentations, discussions and workshops with international peers, facilitated by Greg Clark.

The programme was updated on 26 October. Some details have changed from a previous version which was distributed.

15 November Tuesday




Welcome lunch at The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron 181 Westhaven Drive, Westhaven Marina You can walk or coach to the venue.


Meet your Water Edge host in the SkyCity Hotel lobby if you would like to take a guided walk to the venue.




Coach departs SkyCity Hotel for the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.


Guests assemble at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Westhaven Marina, for a Powhiri (traditional Māori welcoming ceremony) and a formal welcome from the Mayor of Auckland.


Lunch will be prepared by renowned Kiwi chef Al Brown, introducing tastes of New Zealand.


Water Edge cities present their places


Water Edge 2016 moderator Prof Greg Clark will introduce himself and officially commence the programme.

City presentations will be made in groups of three cities and followed by question time. (Each city presentation will be eight minutes or less).


Waitemata Harbour travel


Guests travel east by boat across the city centre water edge past the Wynyard Quarter and the Viaduct Events Centre. We arrive at Princes Wharf and continue our walk to Queens Wharf and the re-purposed Shed 10, close to Auckland’s port.


Auckland Conversations


Guests attend Auckland Conversations at Shed 10, Queens Wharf.

This event has become a regular highlight in Auckland city-lovers’ calendars. It aims to inspire, educate and engage Aucklanders in ideas for becoming the world's most liveable city. From exploring the implications of climate change to discussing the virtues of public art, Auckland Conversations has been bringing world-class speakers to Auckland from leaders and experts in design and planning to heritage, the environment and socio-economics. Some of the best presentations have been attended by 200 or more.

Prof Greg Clark will introduce a panel of four Water Edge city presenters, to discuss the theme “Living by the Water”.


Coach departs Shed 10, Queens Wharf for SkyCity Hotel


Recovery time


Day One concludes in the early evening with free time to recover and dine at your pick of Auckland’s exciting Federal Street eateries, close to your hotel.

16 November Wednesday




Guests attend one of two breakfast gatherings at SKYCITY Hotel. One is for Executives and the other for non-executives (elected or appointed members).

Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, CEO HafenCity Hambyrg GmbH, will speak briefly to executives in water edge agencies, and Carl Weisbrod, Chairman New York City Planning Commission, will address non-executives (elected or appointed members).


Coach departs SkyCity Hotel for The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.


The symposium programme begins.

The programme is divided into four sessions. For each session, three or four cities will lead off the discussion on a particular theme. The conversation is then opened up to the entire group and your active participation is invited. Common issues, and lessons learned will be distilled and captured by the Prof Greg Clark.


Theme one: Living by the Water

Water edge developments as a response to pressing housing shortages; managing density and diversity; inclusion for existing communities and newcomers; renewing and forging a shared ‘sense of place’.

New York, Hamburg, Brisbane and Copenhagen will lead the discussion.


Theme two: Using the Water

A new accommodation with the water - where waterways, water, the river and sea beds are restored and actively used; visioning for water spaces; initiatives which invite active use of water spaces amongst a broader audience.

Taipei and Auckland will lead the discussion.




The Waterfront Centre introduces its Excellence on the Waterfront Awards Celebration.


Theme three: Reconfiguring the waterfront

Opportunities to stimulate new futures by relocating/re-purposing assets past their time; anticipating the impacts of disruption; ways to manage unintended consequences of renewal and revitalisation.

Perth, Washington, Vancouver and the New York/New Jersey Inner Harbour Waterfront will lead the discussion.


Afternoon tea.


Theme four: Resolving dilemmas on the water edge

Development lessons across water edge locations big and small, prominent and less known, greenfields/brownfields; problem solving on difficult sites; designing effective development approaches for tough sites and circumstances.

Four cities - Glasgow, Taichung, Boston and Washington - will lead the discussion with a 10 minute thought piece on the theme.

Glasgow, Taichung, Boston and Washington will lead the discussion.


Review and close.


Coach departs The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron for SkyCity Hotel Own time


Formal dinner




Coach departs SkyCity Hotel for Shed 10, Queens Wharf


Official dinner and The Waterfront Centre’s Excellence on the Waterfront Awards Celebration.

Dress code: business attire.


Coach departs Shed 10, Queens Wharf for SkyCity Hotel

17 November Thursday


Coach departs SkyCity Hotel for a tour of Onehunga.


Breakfast on the go.


Coach arrives at The Landing

2 Onehunga Harbour Road, Onehunga

Workshop on Onehunga/Manukau Harbour water edge

International Advisory teams will be drawn from different locations, and supported by emerging and established Auckland designers. Each working team will produce and present an initial proposal for developing the Onehunga water edge – its vision, the right delivery tools and vehicles, and the phases and cycles of the first year work programme. Guests will receive more information about this workshop prior to symposium.


Technical briefings and discussion on Onehunga/Manukau waterfront.


Group work.


Feedback: presentations, Q&A and discussion.


Review of prospects for Onehunga.


Closing session


Lunch, farewell and depart.


Coaches depart The Landing for SkyCity Hotel and Auckland Airport

Outside of the formal programme there will be opportunities to network and connect with fellow waterfront leaders and explore Auckland’s waterfront.

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