Dr Rebecca Kiddle
Head of Urban Development, Hutt City Council
Becky is Ngāti Porou and Ngā Puhi and is Head of Urban Development at Hutt City Council. She has been an academic in NZ, China and the UK for the past 10 years in Architecture, Environmental Studies and Urban Design. Her work – both research and practice – has to date focused on Māori identity and placemaking in Aotearoa New Zealand and the nexus between community creation, social processes, and urban design. She also works to develop better participatory design processes to ensure rangatahi and tamariki voices are heard in built environment decision-making processes. She has a PhD and MA in urban design from Oxford Brookes University, UK, and under-graduate degrees in Politics and Māori studies. She is the author/editor of three books.