Chief Executive, Recreation Aotearoa, New Zealand
Andrew joined the NZ Recreation Association (NZRA) as Chief Executive in October 2011. His career in the recreation and sport sector was fostered within Local Government, delivering community recreation programmes and events. Prior to commencing his current role Andrew spent 4 years with Tourism NZ managing the i-SITE Visitor Centre Network.
In his role as Chief Executive Andrew is responsible for championing high quality recreation for the benefit of New Zealand. NZRA's vision is that in 2020 New Zealand has a strong recreation industry that meets the needs of current and future participants, so that through recreation, New Zealanders are active, healthy, and connected.
Re-imagining Aquatic Facilities
Why do we build public swimming pools? And when we ask ourselves that question do we put the environment at the centre of our decision making? This year I am on a journey to better understand engagement with the environment from the perspective of Māori and non-Māori. When we develop a new aquatic facility we'll design towards well-being outcomes for people. But what if the well-being of the natural environment was our primary focus? If our environment benefits then the benefits to us as humans are significant. Decision making frameworks such as Atua Matua and Te Whetu Rehua are shifting thinking in the New Zealand recreation sector. Awareness of traditional Māori environmental science and the importance of connection with culture is evolving. What would happen if we applied these frameworks to a facility development process? Join me for a theoretical thought experiment that utilises Māori and non-Māori expertise to design a public swimming pool that first and foremost puts nature at the heart of everything.