Alice Reade


Kia ora, my name is Alice and I grew up in Māpua at the base of Te Tai-o-Aorere, Tasman Bay. At the time of writing, I find myself in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington in the final stages of an architecture masters. My thesis looks to imagine different approaches to housing and the use of space in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. It offers a series of ‘what ifs’ to the housing discussion given the current housing crisis to encourage further discussion and feedback on possible solutions. This exploration comes from my interest and passion for building stronger, more resilient, equitable and sustainable communities and is an area I hope to continue working in.

I love to spend my downtime exploring the land and sea with my sketchbook closely by my side. The most inspiring place I have ventured with these is Whenua Hou and Pukenui with the Kakapo recovery program. Both predator-free, these islands give a glimpse of what Aotearoa was once and what it could be.

I joined the Pinnacle Programme in my last year of high school where I wasn’t sure where I was headed or how to go about figuring this out. This is why I wanted to join the programme and to challenge what I thought I was capable of. Both Spirit of Adventure and Outward Bound highlighted the importance of really getting to understanding myself and my values to tackle this and created the environment to facilitate this. Kai Waho enabled me to reflect and build upon these learnings and highlighted the importance of our relationship to the natural environment and the integral role it has played throughout my journey and how I can continue to strengthen this.

Through the Pinnacle Programme I have also formed connections with some pretty incredible people across Aotearoa working to make a difference. I am so grateful to be a part of this community with many possibilities to grow, support, learn from and collaborate with one another. The enthusiasm and drive embodied in the programme and its whanau is very contagious - you always leave a Pinnacle event with an extra bounce in your step.

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