We have a very exciting opportunity here in Golden Bay with 2 local schools having been assigned over $20million from the MoE to rebuild classrooms and update facilities.
This has the potential to be a massive educational experience for our tamariki and also be a strong environmental statement expressing to the wider community, and the whole of New Zealand, our commitment to sustainability and to protecting our children’s futures.
What has this got to do with the Living Wood Fair? I hear you say. Totally coincidentally we had contacted Jerome Partington, Sustainability Manager + Associate Principle at Jasmax and Chair of Living Future, Aotearoa NZ to speak at this years event. When I heard about the funds from MoE I put 2 and 2 together to find we had a fantastic opportunity to hear about a different way of building. A holistic approach that incorporates regenerative development, looking at not just the buildings but all the systems around community, landscape and sustainability. We have the potential to create schools that are future focussed, empower learning and have the students at the heart of the project.
Jerome will be giving 2 talks at the 2019 Living Wood Fair on Saturday 13th April and will be part of the Building Forum on Sunday 14th April. The talks are ‘An introduction to the Living Building Challenge (LBC) as a gateway to living regeneration’ at 11.15am and ‘The Path to Healthy Materials and Healthy People’ at 4pm. For more details please read his bio and presentation descriptions on our Talks page.
Come along and have a great day out with the family – do a workshop, watch some horse logging and chainsaw carving, listen to some live music, maybe be inspired to look at building differently and connect with our wonderful community!