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We’ve brought together experts across a range of areas impacted by the innovations of micromobility. Policy and place makers, academics and futurists will convene to discuss the range of opportunities and challenges from the transportation revolution.

This symposium is an occasion for our leaders, thought leaders and policy makers to gather valuable insights to help us better understand how, when and where to use micro mobility options in our cities and towns.

The four key themes for the day are:

  • Future state- what’s coming?
  • NZ and International experience with micro mobility
  • Safety and public health
  • Public perceptions and engagement
We invite you to attend, listen, participate, network and take away ideas which will be of benefit to your organisation. 


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Friday, 20 September 2019

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Attendees Arrival & Check-In

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

~Master of Ceremonies~
Craig Hobbs, Director Regulatory Services, Auckland Council


~Welcome & Opening~
Stephen Town, CEO Auckland Council


~Key-Note Address~

Dr. Michelle Dickinson, Nanogirl

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Session 1: Future State 

The rise of micromobility and what it means for cities around the world. 
Henry Greenacre- Head of New Modalities, UBER

Impacts of converging technology: An outcome based approach to micromobility. 
Professor Simon Kingham- Chief Science Advisor, Ministry of Transport

Disruption is coming: impacts on design and place-making.
Matthew Ensor, Business Director, Beca

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

~Morning Tea~

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Introduction by Shane Ellison- Chief Executive, Auckland Transport

Session 2: New Zealand and Abroad- Experience with Micromobility.
Pecha Kucha session and panel discussion

The Wellington Experience.
David Chick- Chief City Planner, Wellington City Council

The Dunedin Experience.
Simon Pickford- General Manager Community Services, Dunedin City Council

An International Perspective.
Kathryn King, Urban Mobility Manager, NZTA

An International Perspective - Moving from Confrontation to Partnership: City Regulation of Micromobility
Michael Schwartz, Head of Customers and Policy at Ride Report


12:00 PM - 12:45 PM


12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Introduction and panel facilitation by Dr Kirsty Wild, The University of Auckland

Session 3: Safety and Public Health 

Disruptive Technology, Healthy People? A panel discussion:

  • Mary Schnackenberg, Outgoing Chair Disability Advisory Panel, Auckland Council
  • Dr Anna Brownson, Auckland District Health Board
  • Dr Michael Hale, Public Health Medicine Specialist, Auckland Regional Public Health
  • Dr Simon Gionotti, Injury Prevention Strategy Manager, ACC

1:45 PM - 2:05 PM

~Afternoon Tea~

2:05 PM - 3:20 PM

Introduction by Ludo Campbell-Reid, General Manager, Auckland Design Office

Session 4: Emerging transport technologies and their integration into social life: Perceptions and considerations

Ride-share e-scooters: public opinion and experience in Auckland.
David Thomas, Head of KANTAR NZ

The social integration of transport technologies into urban life.
Dr Angela Curl, University of Otago & Dr Helen Fitt, Lincoln University

Delivering the cities we want- how far do we enable disruptive technology?
Ludo Campbell-Reid

3:20 PM - 4:00 PM

Closing session: What next?
Key messages, conclusions and thoughts to take away.
A panel discussion facilitated by Megan Tyler, Chief of Strategy, Auckland Council

Vanessa Browne - Senior Manager-Operational Policy, Planning and Performance, NZTA

Professor Alistair Woodward - University of Auckland

Shane Ellison - Chief Executive, Auckland Transport

Councillor Mark Bunting - Hamilton City Council

Craig HobbsDirector Regulatory Services

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM




Dr Michelle Dickinson, Nanogirl

Member of New Zealand Order of Merit, Michelle was the winner of the Women of Influence award for science and innovation in 2016, was awarded the Sir Peter Blake Leadership in 2015 and was winner of the Prime Minister's Science Media Communication Prize and the New Zealand Association of Scientists Science Communicators Award in 2014. Michelle has a PhD in biomedical materials engineering and runs New Zealand’s only nanomechanical testing laboratory.


Dr Kirsty Wild, Research Fellow, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Population Health, The University of Auckland

Dr Kirsty Wild is a public health researcher with a long-standing interest in transport and wellbeing.  In recent times she has worked on projects exploring the impacts of transport systems on happiness and life satisfaction, and the possibilities of disruptive technologies like e-bikes.  She is currently the lead researcher on a project on the relationship between transport and mental health in New Zealand.​



David Chick, Chief City Planner, Wellington City Council

David Chick is the Chief City Planner for Wellington City Council, a role he has held since April 2016.  David is a Landscape Architect and Urban Designer with significant experience in the engagement, design and creation of spaces, places and cities. David’s integrated design experience, spanning over 15 years, extends across all levels of public and private places and projects. He is well known for his established philosophy of asking the tough question – WHY? – and placing people at the heart of all he does.

Matthew Ensor, Business Director, Beca

Matt Ensor works in Beca’s Transport Advisory practice, focusing on micromobility and Artificial Intelligence.  He is an early-adopter and was one of the very few e-scooterers in Auckland until Lime arrived in New Zealand last year. Matt is a regular speaker on how micromobility technology will contribute to and change our transport system.  Matt’s qualifications are in sociology and civil engineering and he attended INSEAD Business School in France on a Prime Minister’s Business Scholarship.

Dr Michael Hale, Public Health Medicine Specialist, Auckland Regional Public Health

Dr Michael Hale is a public health medicine specialist at Auckland Regional Public Health Service. Michael has had over 14 years’ experience in the public health sector and is the clinical lead for nutrition, physical activity promotion, and healthy urban environments. He is part of the Healthy Auckland Together coalition which is changing our city so it is easy for our people to eat well and be active.   Michael is interested in how urban and transport planning can improve wellbeing in our neighbourhoods.

Ludo Campbell-Reid, Design Champion for Auckland and General Manager - Auckland Design Office

Sought out by mayors, cities and governments, Ludo Campbell-Reid is a globally renowned urban design thought-leader, city planning expert and international keynote speaker with over 24 years’ public & private sector experience on large-scale city transformation projects. He is an internationally respected commentator on cities and appears regularly in the media and trade press.  As Design Champion for Auckland, Ludo is accountable for achieving design excellence in Council’s plans, policies and projects; working alongside the private sector and community to deliver exemplary design outcomes and promoting the council’s design-led city agenda across the organisation, the wider Auckland community and internationally.  He is also the General Manager of Auckland Council’s Auckland Design Office (ADO), a department of multi-disciplinary design and place activation professionals charged with spearheading Auckland’s design-led renaissance.

Dr Helen Fitt, Postdoctoral Fellow, Lincoln University

Dr Helen Fitt believes that even the most academic presentation should be engaging. In 2017, Helen won a silver medal in a national humorous speaking competition and student evaluations include comments like “you make every lecture so interesting and fun! you rock!”.  Helen is interested in the influence that transport technologies have on social and cultural aspects of mobility. Her current research topics include the evolution of e-scooter use, the potential for electric vehicles in tourism, and the implications of automated vehicles for older people. She can’t promise to make e-scooter research hilarious, but she can promise it won’t be dull.

Dr Angela Curl, Senior Lecturer, Department of Population Health, University of Otago Christchurch

Angela is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Population Health, University of Otago Christchurch. Her interests are broadly in the relationships between transport and health. Her work considers the social inclusiveness of transport interventions and associated health and wellbeing impacts.  She is currently working on two projects considering the social and health impacts of new transport technologies, including autonomous vehicles and shared micro-mobility and has previously published work assessing the inclusiveness of bike-share schemes.

Kathryn King, Urban Mobility Manager, the New Zealand Transport Agency

Kathryn joined the Transport Agency in 2019 and responsible for developing the urban mobility programme to support cities across Aotearoa.  She is co-lead for the Agency’s Innovating Streets programme, which is helping cities transform their streets into spaces for people.  Kathryn spent four years with Auckland Transport where she secured the largest investment in cycling Auckland has seen, and transformed the quality of infrastructure being delivered.  She was involved in the award-winning Te Ara Mua and Lightpath projects.   Kathryn spent 12 years in London, most of which she spent with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, delivering walking, cycling and safety projects, including London’s award-winning two-way cycling on one-way streets programme.

Craig Hobbs, Director Regulatory Services, CEO office, Auckland Council

A little about me: I have lived most of my life in Auckland (now in Torbay) but was born and bred in Christchurch. Most of the past ten years was in the Waikato, first in Hamilton and then a little village called Arapuni. I am known to sit on the fence when the Crusaders, Chiefs and Blues play each other, although the red and black probably takes precedent.  I have had a varied career working in the private (incl., BP Oil, The Radio Network), not-for-profit and local government sectors. I was previously CEO of Paralympics New Zealand and also CEO of the National Maritime Museum for a short time. Prior to joining Auckland Council, I was CE of South Waikato District Council for 6 years.  

Michael Schwartz, Head of Customers and Policy, Ride Report

Michael Schwartz is the Head of Customers and Policy at Ride Report. He has more than a decade of experience implementing data-driven transportation plans, policies, and infrastructure. Before starting at Ride Report, Michael worked as a Principal Transportation Planner at the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. His work in the public, private, and non-profit advocacy sectors informs his wide ranging perspective on how to successfully oversee micromobility programs to achieve public policy objectives. At Ride Report, Michael supports city agencies as they contemplate and implement micromobility programs, serving as a consultant on data and policy while also helping staff effectively leverage Ride Report's software tools. 

Dr Anna Brownson, General Surgical Registrar, Auckland City Hospital

Dr Anna Brownson graduated from the University of Otago in 2013. She currently works as a doctor at Auckland City Hospital and is training to be a General Surgeon. As part of her job she regularly assesses and manages trauma victims. Anna has conducted a retrospective study looking at electric scooter injuries during the first four months after they were introduced to the streets of Auckland. 

Simon Pickford, General Manager Community Services, Dunedin City Council

Following a non-conventional career path via publishing and then IT, I started working in local government 18 years ago. I am currently General Manager Community Services at Dunedin City and am responsible for the Customer and Regulatory, Cultural Services and IT portfolios. I am also deputy chair of the SOLGM Regulatory Reference Group. The arrival of micromobility in Dunedin has been a bit like my initial ride on an e-scooter: a mix of wild enthusiasm, some over-confidence, scary wobbles and some outcry from others. I look forward to sharing Dunedin’s exciting journey with you.

Stephen Town, Chief Executive, Auckland Council

Stephen is the Chief Executive of Auckland Council and commenced the role in January 2014. His appointment was extended until 31 December 2020 in mid‐2018. Before returning to Auckland in 2010, Stephen was Chief Executive of Tauranga City Council for eight years.  Stephen has held a variety of executive and chief executive roles in local government, tertiary education and transport spanning over 20 years. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Massey).

David Thomas, Managing Director, Kantar NZ

Kantar NZ is part of the global Kantar network of insights and consulting professionals. With over 20 years’ experience in research and market insights in New Zealand, David brings insights to clients on the attitudes, motivations, behaviours, triggers and barriers of Kiwi consumers. More specifically, David and the team at Kantar are focused on identifying and understanding the new products, services and experiences that NZ organisations can implement to drive positive change with their customers.

Shane Ellison, CEO, Auckland Transport

Shane Ellison has been CEO at Auckland Transport since December 2017. He has over 20 years global experience in senior leadership roles across the transport and infrastructure sectors. Most recently these included being the International Development Officer and Chief Operating Officer (New South Wales and Queensland) for Transdev, the world’s largest private operator of public transport.  He was a key member of the consortium which secured the tender for Sydney’s $2.2 billion light rail project, currently under construction. Born and raised in the South Island he has whakapapa linking him to the iwi of Ngai Tahu and Te Ati Awa.  At Auckland Transport his key focus areas are on the delivery of the region’s largest ever infrastructure development programme, road safety, and organisational transformation around responsiveness and providing better customer experiences.

Dr Simon Gianotti, Manager, Investment Intelligence and Performance, ACC

Dr Simon Gianotti is the Manager Investment Intelligence and Performance in Injury Prevention at ACC. He has been at in Injury Prevention for 17 years implementing a number of prevention programme during that time. ACC have been tracking Micromobility injury claims across New Zealand, and will briefly present claims for Auckland for E-Scooters, Cycling, Skateboarding and Other Scooters.

Vanessa Browne, Senior Manager-Operational Policy, Planning and Performance NZ Transport Agency

An environmental specialist by training, Vanessa joined the NZ Transport Agency in 2013 and has held a number of roles since.  She is currently Senior Manager for Operational Policy, Planning and Performance in Transport Services.  Transport Services work with local Government and rail partners to design, deliver and manage an integrated land transport system.  Operational Policy, Planning and Performance (or OP3 as they like to be known) provide the operational framework and technical advice that sets Transport Services and their partner organisations up for success. 

Simon Kingham, Chief Science Advisor, Ministry of Transport

Simon Kingham is a Professor of Geography at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, where he also directs the GeoHealth Laboratory. He has extensive research experience, with over 100 peer reviewed research publications, many of these having a transport and/or accessibility focus. In early 208 he became the Ministry of Transport’s Chief Science Advisor where his role is to ensure policy advice is evidence based.

Henry Greenacre, Head of New Modalities, Australia and NZ, UBER

Henry Greenacre is Head of New Modalities for Uber in Australia and New Zealand.  He has held various operational leadership roles at Uber.  Previously he worked as a management consultant and in the shipping, oil and gas industries in Copenhagen. 


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