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26 • 04 • 22 / News / Sustainability

Why Trees Matter: Sandy Crichton

As manager of the Native Forest Restoration Trust, Sandy Crichton oversees more than 7500 hectares of protected forest and wetland that are regenerating into rich, diverse and beautiful habitats for New Zealand's unique wildlife. This year, Britomart's Greening the City project is again raising funds to support the Trust.

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Why Trees Matter: Sandy Crichton

11 • 04 • 22 / Arts & Culture / News / Sustainability / The Good Citizen / The Interview

Miriama Grace Smith

Miriama Grace Smith (Ngāti Hau, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Toarangatira and Ngāti Porou) comes from a family of artists – her mother, Briar Grace Smith is a filmmaker, and her grandmother, Patricia Grace, is one of New Zealand’s most cherished authors and poets. We spoke to the Wellington-based artist about her work, including the illustrations she created for Britomart’s Greening the City project, which can be seen in the Atrium, the Pavilions and on the construction hoardings along Customs St East.

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Miriama Grace Smith

30 • 03 • 22 / Sustainability / The Good Citizen / The Interview

David Hall knows why trees matter

David Hall is a senior lecturer at AUT with deep interests in climate change policy and sustainable finance. Among many other things, he has a doctorate from the University of Oxford and is also one of the designers of Trees That Count planting initiative – so he’s got a good sense of the difference planting trees can make in addressing the challenges of climate change.

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David Hall knows why trees matter

29 • 03 • 22 / Arts & Culture / News / Sustainability

Greening the City

For Arbour Day 2022, we’re Greening the City by giving away thousands of native trees in Takutai Square. 

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Greening the City

11 • 11 • 21 / Business at Britomart / Sustainability

Sustainability Report 2021

From Green Star buildings to community events, our Sustainability Report 2021 details a year of sustainable development. Scroll down for links to each chapter of the report. 

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Sustainability Report 2021

03 • 11 • 21 / Business at Britomart / Sustainability

Sustainability Report 2021 / Letter from the Chief Executive

Cooper and Company has long had a sustainability framework that we apply to our endeavours. We make decisions with the assumption of long-term ownership and stewardship, which allows us to focus on environmental, social and economic outcomes that build and support each other. 

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Sustainability Report 2021 / Letter from the Chief Executive

04 • 11 • 21 / Business at Britomart / Sustainability

Sustainability Report 2021 / Our report card and targets

One of the objectives of creating this, our third annual sustainability report, is benchmarking goals against which we can hold ourselves accountable. These are the sustainability goals we set ourselves for 2020, with commentary on how we’re tracking to meet them.  

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Sustainability Report 2021 / Our report card and targets

10 • 11 • 21 / Business at Britomart / Sustainability

Sustainability Report 2021 / Green Star Performance, NABERSNZ ratings, Toitū Envirocare

In 2020 Britomart was awarded 3 Green Stars in its assessment under the Green Star Performance Tool, administered and audited by the NZ Green Building Council.  The Green Star Performance Tool assesses the environmental impact of Britomart’s buildings through the use of nine impact categories.

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Sustainability Report 2021 / Green Star Performance, NABERSNZ ratings, Toitū Envirocare

02 • 11 • 21 / Business at Britomart / Sustainability

Sustainability Report 2021 / Mark Sinclair

This year Britomart broadened its sustainability commitments beyond Green Star Performance ratings to work with Toitū Envirocare. Britomart’s sustainability director Mark Sinclair talks to Jeremy Hansen about assessing carbon emissions and establishing a plan to reduce them.

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Sustainability Report 2021 / Mark Sinclair

10 • 11 • 21 / Business at Britomart / Sustainability

Sustainability Report 2021 / Social Sustainability

Britomart’s focus on social sustainability includes a programme of events that run in Takutai Square and elsewhere in the precinct throughout the year. All of these events are designed to build connection with Britomart’s unique sense of place, its history and that of the city around it.

 

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Sustainability Report 2021 / Social Sustainability

10 • 11 • 21 / Business at Britomart / Sustainability

Sustainability Report 2021 / Green Star Buildings

Our new development projects and their Green Star credentials.

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Sustainability Report 2021 / Green Star Buildings

03 • 11 • 21 / Business at Britomart / Sustainability

Sustainability Report 2021 / Campbell Williamson

Britomart development director Campbell Williamson led construction on The Hotel Britomart, New Zealand’s first 5 Green Star hotel. Here, he talks to Jeremy Hansen about the twists and turns and intense attention to detail that came with the design

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Sustainability Report 2021 / Campbell Williamson

03 • 11 • 21 / Business at Britomart / Sustainability

Sustainability Report 2021 / Tamzin Hawkins

The Hotel Britomart’s 5 Green Star rating applies only to the building, but the sustainable ethos has been woven through every decision the hotel makes. Take, for example, the hotel uniforms: as designer Tamzin Hawkins explains to Melinda Williams, every part of them was made as sustainably as possible.

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Sustainability Report 2021 / Tamzin Hawkins

02 • 11 • 21 / Business at Britomart / Sustainability

Sustainability Report 2021 / Hayley Koerbin

As the New Zealand sustainability lead at engineering consultancy Norman Disney Young, Hayley Koerbin was deeply involved in the myriad of decisions required to ensure The Hotel Britomart achieved a 5 Green Star rating for its design and build. Here, she explains to Jeremy Hansen how Green Star ratings require consideration of every aspect of a building’s construction and operations − and how these decisions benefit the environment.

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Sustainability Report 2021 / Hayley Koerbin

27 • 07 • 21 / Business at Britomart / Sustainability

Sustainability Report 2021 / The Barrington Sofrana redevelopment

They were built more than a century ago as warehouses to serve Auckland’s busy port. Now the layers of beautiful timber and brick of Britomart's Barrington and Sofrana Buildings are being stripped back to launch an exciting new phase.

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Sustainability Report 2021 / The Barrington Sofrana redevelopment

10 • 11 • 21 / Business at Britomart / Sustainability

Sustainability Report 2021 / Survey Results

We conduct an annual survey of Britomart community members as part of our reporting under the Green Star Performance Tool. This covers aspects like thermal and acoustic comfort levels, lighting and air quality in buildings. This year we also included questions related to wider environmental issues to establish a benchmark for future surveys. 

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Sustainability Report 2021 / Survey Results

12 • 10 • 21 / Sustainability / The Good Citizen / The Interview

Levi Brinsdon-Hall is feeding the city

On a disused building site among apartment buildings and busy roads just off Auckland’s Symonds Street, OMG (Organic Market Garden, established by For the Love of Bees) is producing more vegetables than was thought possible with their regenerative organic growing methods, and feeding 45 families weekly in the process. Ahead of their talk on October 27 as part of the first Auckland Climate Festival, OMG head farmer Levi Brinsdon-Hall tells Jeremy Hansen about what industrialised food production gets wrong, and how the OMG model could spread across the city. 

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Levi Brinsdon-Hall is feeding the city

27 • 04 • 21 / Business at Britomart / Sustainability

Seven Plans for a Better Planet: Pip Best

Pip Best is the sustainability and climate change lead at EY, advising businesses on how to prepare for the rapid changes that lie ahead. She spoke to Jeremy Hansen about the challenges for New Zealand businesses as part of our Seven Plans for a Better Planet interview series. 

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Seven Plans for a Better Planet: Pip Best

27 • 04 • 21 / Business at Britomart / Sustainability

Seven Plans for a Better Planet: Hana Kajimura

At Allbirds, Hana Kajimura is charged with making the complexities of climate change easily understandable to customers. She spoke to Melinda Williams as part of our Seven Plans for a Better Planet interview series to talk about how her firm is making sustainability part of its DNA. 

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Seven Plans for a Better Planet: Hana Kajimura

27 • 04 • 21 / Business at Britomart / Sustainability

Seven Plans for a Better Planet: Tom Hishon

Tom Hishon spotlights sustainable seafood at his restaurant, kingi, working with independent suppliers to nurture fish stocks and the ocean. He spoke to Jeremy Hansen as part of our Seven Plans for a Better Planet interview series. 

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Seven Plans for a Better Planet: Tom Hishon

27 • 04 • 21 / Business at Britomart / Sustainability

Seven Plans for a Better Planet: Helene Pacalin

Helene Pacalin works for Toitū Envirocare, the organisation that's making great strides in helping businesses measure and reduce their carbon emissions. She spoke to Jeremy Hansen as part of our Seven Plans for a Better Planet interview series. 

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Seven Plans for a Better Planet: Helene Pacalin

27 • 04 • 21 / Business at Britomart / Sustainability

Seven Plans for a Better Planet: Nigel Borell

The curator of Māori art says care for the environment has always been intrinsic to the Māori world view. He spoke to Jeremy Hansen as part of our Seven Plans for a Better Planet interview series. 

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Seven Plans for a Better Planet: Nigel Borell

27 • 04 • 21 / Business at Britomart / Sustainability

Seven Plans for a Better Planet: Kate van Praagh

Kate van Praagh is the sustainability lead at Westpac, incorporating climate-related goals into every aspect of its business. She spoke to Jeremy Hansen as part of Britomart's Seven Plans for a Better Planet interview series. 

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Seven Plans for a Better Planet: Kate van Praagh

28 • 04 • 21 / Business at Britomart / Sustainability

Seven Plans for a Better Planet: Maggie Hewitt

Maggie Hewitt is taking her fashion label, Maggie Marilyn, on a bold sustainability journey. She speaks to Melinda Williams about it as part of Britomart's Seven Plans for a Better Planet interview series. 

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Seven Plans for a Better Planet: Maggie Hewitt

24 • 11 • 20 / News / Sustainability

Our Green Christmas native tree giveaway returns

Spread a little joy (and shade) this Christmas by taking home a native tree to grow in your own backyard or balcony.

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Our Green Christmas native tree giveaway returns

03 • 08 • 20 / Sustainability

How Westpac is closing the loop on waste

From garden to table and back to the garden again, Westpac operates an aspirational circular waste management system in their Britomart head office.

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How Westpac is closing the loop on waste

16 • 06 • 20 / People / Sustainability

Rewi Spraggon

Rewi Spraggon and his team from the Māori Kitchen had no idea how popular their food would be when they initially lit their hāngi pit in Takutai Square at the beginning of Matariki 2019. But that popularity became as clear as that starlight pre-dawn sky just a few hours later, when a lunchtime queue snaked all the way around the lawn and this year, from Tuesday 30 June to Saturday 4 July, Rewi is back and will be serving delicious manuka-smoked hāngi lunchboxes and hāngi pies. Here, Rewi talks about indigenous people’s deep understanding of sustainability, and the pleasure of holding a community celebration in the heart of the city. 

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Rewi Spraggon

26 • 04 • 20 / News / Sustainability

Britomart’s 2020 Sustainability Report

Our second annual Sustainability Report is out: read all about our environmental and social sustainability efforts in the precinct over the last 12 months.

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Britomart’s 2020 Sustainability Report

05 • 12 • 19 / Arts & Culture / People / Sustainability

Sandy Crichton

As trust manager for the Native Forest Restoration Trust, which will benefit from Britomart’s Green Christmas project, Sandy Crichton is passionate about restoring native habitats.

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Sandy Crichton

21 • 11 • 19 / News / People / Sustainability

Dreaming of a Green Christmas

How we're greening Takutai Square this Christmas

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Dreaming of a Green Christmas

01 • 10 • 19 / News / Sustainability

We’re building The Hotel Britomart

Cooper and Company is building The Hotel Britomart, a new 10-level development designed by Cheshire Architects in the Britomart precinct.

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We’re building The Hotel Britomart

26 • 09 • 19 / Arts & Culture / News / Sustainability

Car parks get populated with people for Park(ing) Day

On Friday 20 September 2019, Britomart's Tyler St was traffic-jammed with locals enjoying themselves in spaces usually occupied by cars. In six plant-strewn 'parklets' along the street, pedestrians sipped coffee on couches, beanbags and seats, or lay back on a cardboard-tube incline and contemplated a cloud of white balloons created by CAAHT Studio. 

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Car parks get populated with people for Park(ing) Day

19 • 09 • 19 / Sustainability

World Green Building Week: How we’re taking strides towards Net Zero Carbon 2050

Going backwards in business isn’t usually a good thing – but we’re proud to say we’re starting to go backwards when it comes to carbon emissions. 

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World Green Building Week: How we’re taking strides towards Net Zero Carbon 2050

14 • 08 • 19 / News / People / Sustainability

The beauty of heritage

The restoration of the Buckland and Masonic Buildings is part of Britomart’s commitment to sustainable development, historic preservation and place-making for people. 

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The beauty of heritage

14 • 08 • 19 / News / Sustainability

Here’s one major way you can reduce marine plastic

It’s not that long until the magnificent Auckland harbour is on show to the world during the America’s Cup. With their GulfX project to clean up the Waitematā Harbour, the Sustainable Business Network is doing something about it – and Britomart is happy to help. 

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Here’s one major way you can reduce marine plastic