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Please email us to register for this webinar.

Date: Wednesday, 6 March

Start Time: 10:30am

Duration: 1 hour approx

This webinar is being sponsored by LGNZ. As a result, this webinar is offered free of charge.

The best healthy home elixir:  Mixing eco-design with bespoke social support systems

How do we maximise home performance and social resources to a create warm, dry and energy efficient home environment to suit any budget?

Webinar Purpose

Many have expertise in high-performance buildings and others have fluency in bridging gaps in funding and operational delivery of social policy, but rarely do you have the chance to bind these two together to cover a broad spectrum of associated but not necessarily linked housing issues. 

Incorporating holistic expertise and social system nous, Nelson Lebo, Natalia Taurima-Hinton, and LGNZ's own Tom Simonson discuss the design and social frameworks that provide a high return on housing investment.  

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • identify and prioritise resources and options for new build and renovation improvements to make a home healthier;
  • have starting points and ideas for bridging those in high need of basic necessities with providers;
  • understand criteria for design and delivery of healthy home outputs that align with planned physical and social outcomes within a budget.

Recommended Audience

This webinar is suitable for council staff, council management, and elected members.

About the Presenters

Nelson Lebo - Palmerston North City Council

Nelson works at Palmerston North City Council as the Eco-design Advisor.  He has a background of a Ph.D. in science education, is an avid renovator of old homes and loves thinking and talking about good design.  He has been an educator for more than 30 years, and has completed over 2,000 home consultations over the past seven years.

Natalia Taurima-Hinton - Hutt Valley DHB

Natalia (Tali) works at the Hutt Valley DHB. She has over 20 years of experience working in government agencies, the NGO sector, and with Māori organisations, such as the Manūkau Urban Māori Authority (MUMA).  Tali is absolutely committed to warmer, drier and safer whare for whanau.

Tom Simonson – Principal Regulatory Advisor, Local Government New Zealand

Tom’s focus at LGNZ has been broad and he has written and/or researched on a myriad of local government issues, including funding and financing, roading and transport, economic development, housing, and climate change.

Tom has spent a considerable part of his career in large-scale urban planning developments in California and in the Washington DC area. Prior to working at LGNZ, he consulted with the US Federal Government, assigned to infrastructure and construction projects.  He is well versed in data-driven projects and project management.

Tom has worked at LGNZ since mid-2014 and holds a Master of Arts in City and Regional Planning from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo as well as a Master of Science in Housing from the London School of Economics.

Useful links


  • 2 days prior to the webinar an email link is sent to attendees with instructions on how to join.
  • Those wanting to participate must register 2 days prior to the webinar. 
  • Access to the link will become ‘live’ approximately half an hour prior to the start time of the webinar.
  • Webinars allow for questions and answers.

Individual links will be sent out via email two days prior to the webinar. Please email us with the individuals in your Council to receive links prior to this time.

Date updated: 12 February 2019