•For the past 2 years a passion of mine has been my involvement in Rugby Union Refereeing in the Bay of Plenty, attaining the Bryce Lawrence Trophy for service to rugby. Because of my move up to Auckland for University I’ve become a Referee for the Auckland Rugby Union, refereeing grades from under 13’s to 1st 15.
•For my 6th and 7th form years in college in 2009 and 2010 I was the leader of Otumoetai College’s Environmental Committee which initiated many energy and waste conservation techniques. This lead me to being invited to take part in the kids restore NZ environmental ambassador program.
•In 2009 I was a member of a group who toured Canada as part of a College experience for 3 weeks enriching my views on everything I know, about cities and social environments in other countries.
•In my current hall of residence in the central city; O’Rorke hall I am a part of the OHRA (O’Rorke Hall of residence association) as the Environmental Officer.
•For a large portion of my final year of College I was committed to my architectural project for my Year 13 graphics assignment, where I designed the National Wetland Trust Centre in Waikato and achieve an NCEA excellence, the designs are currently in consultation with the executive officer of National Wetland Trust.
Reseach and study in Planning (a.k.a - town planning), Rugby Union Referee, Environmental officer and memeber of environmental organisations.
For the past 6 months i've been inspired by experts like Alex Steffen, Al gore and Johan Rockstrom who have each explored indervidual elements of a theory which I am developing about the failure to implement sustainability into societies effectively. I beleive this is due to the lack of understanding between balancing the needs of humans and the needs of the environment. From a human perspective, naturally the needs of humans comes first, and due to this we are currently being exposed to the environmental crisises of global warming and extreme biodiversity loss etc. But what needs to be understood fully is the way sustainability can be implemented into policies and treaties which also express quality of life of humans as well as looking and achieving the preservation of the natural environment. This is the argument of Humanism vs Environmentalism, which if either is fully implemented into society will result in the tipping point of the globes climate and ecosystems.
Talk to me about anything that developes a relationship with any of my areas of expertise, and any relationship with sustainability, the built environment and sociolgical concepts.
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