Living Streets Aotearoa ran the 4th New Zealand Conference on walking and liveable communities on 2/3 August 2010 in Wellington. The focus of this conference was on economic value, with the theme: “Dollars and Sense of Walking; creating liveable communities”.
Walking is part of the solution to many of the issues facing New Zealand today. Communities which are walking-friendly and liveable attract people, businesses and tourists, resulting in higher property values, revitalised local businesses, lower health costs and safer, more pleasant neighbourhoods. The iconic cities in the world are walkable communities.
The 2010 conference attracted an audience of around 100 people from throughout New Zealand. Delegates came from varied backgrounds including local and central government; urban, traffic and transport planning and design; and community and health representatives.
Read the conference papers here.
About half the conference delegates completed the evaluation survey. A lucky winner, Helen Reynolds from Output Device, was drawn out of the hat and received an Interislander trip package worth $600.