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It's 2040 - Where are we and how did we get here? How did we perform in our energy transition?

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Thu 19 May 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM




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Congratulations, you bought an old Delorean on Trademe. As it turns out, it's got a built-in flux capacitor and enough fuel for time travel!

You decide to take it for a spin.....and find yourself in 2040. You begin to explore and wonder, how did the energy transition and climate emergency everyone was talking about in the early 2020's turn out? Do we have hoverboards now?

Come and hear a GNS Science-hosted expert panel give a retrospective from the future about Taranaki (and the rest of the world's) energy transition. We will discuss what this future might look like, with a focus on our progress towards a zero-carbon 2050.

Our panel will feature representatives from industry and green tech, Iwi, as well as GNS scientists.

What new tech have we created along the way?
What opportunities did we create and take advantage of?
What problems have we solved? Which remain?
What's changed in how we live and work?

This event will be online through ZOOM.

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

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Moana Wilson - GNS

Maori / Iwi

Cheryl Moana Wilson is this year's GNS Masters Student Scholarship recipient

She is currently a Coordinator and Consultant in South Auckland, applying linguistic acquisition strategies and theories with best practice teaching pedagogy.

Moana has a long career with 30+ years teaching and working Te Reo total immersion, bilingual and mainstream primary and secondary schools from Invercargill to Auckland.

Moana is also a whanau land trustee for Maori lands in the Whakatane region and has worked with our Eastern Bay of Plenty Maori whanau to provide social support on behalf of Ngati Awa Health & Social services.


Brett Rogers - Elemental Group

Energy perspective

Brett co-founded Elemental Group in 2012 and heads up Strategy and Development for the company. His focus is on new energy businesses of onshore solar, wind and storage, as well as offshore wind.

He has worked in energy businesses for 30 years, initially with Shell and Todd Energy. His work in offshore asset development was shaped by the multibillion dollar Maari, Maui and Pohokura projects.

He has worked in New Zealand, Australia and the Netherlands with clients from Singapore to the US. He is also passionate about developing young people, through the Elemental intern programme that has employed over a dozen young undergraduates, and chairing the SPE NZ Education Trust.


CJ Lepper - Hiringa


I’m a Taranaki local who grew up on a farm in Lepperton with my three brothers and sister. I went to New  Plymouth Boys’ High School where as one of the
school’s prefects, I was a representative at the Global Young Leaders Conference in Washington DC and New York City.

I studied down in Christchurch and graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2015 with a Masters degree in Engineering Management and a Postgraduate diploma of Engineering Geology.

After graduating, I took some time o to the travel the world like a lot of young Kiwis. I spent two
years overseas and visited over 24 countries during my overseas experience.

I’ve been with Hiringa as their Project Engineer for nearly 3 years now and have been working closely alongside our of Head of Operations to deliver our first
phase of hydrogen refuelling stations. I love being part of a fast-moving project, with the ability to quickly adapt and contribute to the success of a project.


Ingrid DeBod - Port Taranaki

Ports and Engineering

Hardworking and motivated individual. I have a passion for Structural Engineering and love to be challenged in my work. I currentlywork as a structural engineer for Port Taranaki, and previously worked for WorleyParsons on a variety of engineering projects.

I have a Bachelor of Engineering from Stellenbosch University in South Africa which is where I grew up.


Kyle Hall - WITT

Science & Technology

Experienced General Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the civil engineering industry. Skilled in Microsoft Excel, Customer Service, Strategic Planning, Team Building, and Public Speaking. Strong operations professional graduated from Western Institute of Technology.

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