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Technology Challenges for Aotearoa’s Zero Carbon Future

Join us for a panel discussion to explore NZ's energy future.


Friday 28 May
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Novotel New Plymouth Taranaki, Waitangi Room,
Cnr of Hobson & Leach Street, New Plymouth 4312
Free event
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Taranaki Drone 6

What's it all about?

What challenges and opportunities does New Zealand's energy future face? Head to the Novotel New Plymouth Taranaki to hear from a panel of clean technology scientists, engineers and industry leaders about the work that is happening, the challenges we face and join the debate. The discussion will be facilitated by John Haylock, a keen supporter of Taranaki and New Zealand's energy transition. 

You will have the opportunity to network and continue the conversation during the light refreshments and complementary bar provided at the end of the event.

Registration essential.

This community event listing is made possible with the support of NZTech



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Bry Kopu-Scott

Head Of Partnerships, ARA AKE

Bry Kopu-Scott recently joined Ara Ake, which was established to lead and facilitate the development of low-emissions energy innovation and technology in New Zealand. Born and raised in Taranaki, with whakapapa to Te Atiawa Iwi, Bry is committed to seeing Taranaki thrive and take a leadership role in transitioning to an energy economy that achieves energy equity, security and sustainability.

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Kevin Stretton

Engineering and Projects Manager, First Gas

Kevin is responsible for Engineering, Land and Planning and Project Delivery at First Gas Ltd, which owns and operates New Zealand’s high-pressure gas transmission system. Kevin's career has been spent in management and leadership roles within the energy industry

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Brett Rogers

Director, Elemental Group Ltd

Brett has over 27 years’ experience in energy businesses around the globe with a focus on strategy, business development and team building for new businesses. He is a director at Elemental Group, an international energy services group dedicated to leading the energy transition by providing better energy solutions.

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Dr Doug Wilson

Senior Lecturer in Transportation Engineering, The University of Auckland

Dr Douglas Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in Transportation Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a founding member of the Transportation Research Centre (TRC) at the University of Auckland. Doug is currently part of the IPT Roadway initiative at Auckland University

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Dr Isabelle Chambefort

Senior Geothermal Geologist, GNS Science

Dr Isabelle Chambefort is a senior geoscientist at GNS Science. She joined the geothermal group at the Wairakei Research Centre in 2010, after post-docs at Oregon State University, and CODES University of Tasmania, Australia. She is currently leading several research programmes on high enthalpy geothermal systems of NZ, in particular the national research programme Geothermal: The Next Generation.

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Dr John Kennedy

Principal Scientist, Materials for a Low Carbon Future at GNS Science

Dr. John Kennedy is a materials scientist working on development of novel materials for low carbon energy technologies. John specializes in surface engineering, development of materials for hydrogen production and storage, thermoelectric materials for converting waste heat to electricity, energy storage materials, magnetic materials and energy efficient systems.

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Charles Widdicombe

Chief Financial Officer, HIRINGA Ltd

Charles is an investment professional with over 20 years' experience and brings financial and strategic capabilities to the Hiringa team, along with his passion for zero emission transport.

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