Project kick-off

The project kicked off this week with a successful event at Waiata House kindly hosted by the Masterton District Council. The workshop was attended by Carterton and Masterton District councilors and staff, and a Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa iwi representative on Masterton District Council, Greater Wellington council staff and Transition-HQ. Millie Robinson and Grant Symons attended in person, while Fiona van Petegem attended via video link.

The main objective of the workshop was to introduce The Transition-HQ approach and then to work with the group to explore the nature and boundaries of Healthy Homes Programme, so that the ongoing research scope and focus areas can be confirmed.

The attendees learned some key parts of the methodology used by Transition-HQ, then worked through an example of a wicked problem. The wicked problem framework is part of the Transition Engineering InTime process being applied.

We split into groups and worked through the wicked problem framework. The groups diversity lead to a broad understanding of the intricacies of the wickedness and gave me insight into the different perspectives. Together, we arrived at a shared understanding of the problem.

Now, we will formalise the Wicked Problem and identify areas we can focus the research on. Ideally we are aiming to identify projects that will be helpful and implementable in future.

Next, we will study the past – with a focus on the main areas identified in the problem framing process.

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