As part of National Science Challenge for Better Homes, Towns and Cities, Urban Narrative is working in partnership with Napier City Council and Christchurch City Council. In both cases, the city council are choosing a suitable neighbourhood that would be interested in co-creating the digital tools in partnership with local residences that reflect their specific values and priorities.

  • Christchurch City Council is located on the eastern coast of the South Island within the Canterbury Region. The Council comprises 16 wards, home to approximately 381,500 people. The Christchurch City district falls within the takiwā of Ngai Tahu, the principal Māori iwi of the southern region of New Zealand, which extends over 80 per cent of Te Waipounamu.
  • Napier City Council is located on the eastern coast of the North Island within the Hawke’s Bay Region. The Council currently comprises 12 wards which are home to approximately 63,100 residents.  Napier has a well-established Maori history with Ngati Kahungunu being the dominant iwi in the area.

WSP Opus Research

WSP Opus is the New Zealand operation of WSP, one of the world’s leading engineering professional services consulting firms. Focused on the creation of sustainable communities  through world leading social and fixed infrastructure, WSP Opus places a strong emphasis on human-centric design which places people firmly at the heart of project. It recognises that to be truly successful in creating human-centric design, human needs to be a central part of the design process. Vivienne Ivory leads the Urban Research team at Opus Research which is involved in a wide range of projects that cross over sectors, disciplines and methods.