Sustainable Futures

Integrating sustainability across EIT

The push to integrate sustainable activities across EIT – in practice, teaching research and relationships – is being led by Professor Natalie Waran, the Executive Dean for the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Health Science and Chair of One Welfare along with Jo Blakeley, Director of Academic and Student Services.

The One Welfare project at EIT is interdisciplinary, breaking down traditional silos, provoking debate and discussion to provide new approaches and ways of thinking that will contribute to the development of a healthy, productive and sustainable region.

Digital divide an issue facing small businesses

The threat of digital exclusion facing small businesses in Napier and the rest of Hawke’s Bay is the focus of a research project by EIT and InternetNZ.

The research, which is being done by Dr Emre Erturk, the Principal Academic Staff Member at EIT’s School of Computing, is examining how digital exclusion could affect the quality of life for local small businesses owners and managers and stymie the success of their businesses.

Learning in nature project

In 2018 EIT was announced as a corporate guardian of the Hawke’s Bay Biodiversity group. In the same week, the Learning in Nature project brought together environmental educators from around the country to explore ways to incorporate education outdoors into an innovative learning environment.

EIT partnered with the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and the Air New Zealand Environment Trust to organise this initial workshop.

HB growth study

EIT’s School of Business is collaborating with Hawke’s Bay Business, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and local authorities in progressing a study of growth industries in Hawke’s Bay.

The study, which encompasses the views of a wide range of business leaders in Hawke’s Bay and covers a broad range of industry sectors, began in April 2016, spearheaded by EIT deputy chief executive Mark Oldershaw and Associate Professor Jonathan Sibley.