Project: A Resilient Past for a Resilient Future

Rebecca is an archaeologist within Auckland Council’s Heritage Unit, where she provides specialist advice into a range of development and management projects to protect, promote and enhance the region’s heritage resources. In addition, she contributes to environmental monitoring and research projects with a focus on assessing and addressing climate change impacts on cultural resources.

Complimentary to this, in 2017 Rebecca completed an international exchange through US/ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) working with the City of Annapolis, Maryland, USA on their Cultural Resource Hazard Adaptation and Mitigation Plan.

Rebecca holds a Master of Arts (Hons) specialising in Anthropology (Archaeology) and Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology and Geography) from the University of Auckland. She is driven and committed to ensure that heritage resources are recognised in climate change adaptation and mitigation planning and that these resources are protected for current and future generations.


Archaeological sites within coastal environments in Auckland are at risk to sea level rise, erosion, inundation and increased storm surge. The aim of the project is to develop a climate change and cultural monitoring programme, along with an analysis of threats and management opportunities to protect and provide for heritage sites in the Auckland Region.  This will be used to establish a baseline heritage inventory of site condition and threats, to inform prioritisation and implementation of suitable adaptation options to protect and preserve heritage sites.


Through my personal and professional experiences, I have developed a strong passion for how we recognise and protect our environment and heritage resources for future generations, particularly in regard to the effects of climate change. In addition, how the archaeological record can inform climate science on past environmental changes and consequently human adaptation through changing settlement and subsistence practices. In turn, how past human-environmental interactions can help ‘pave the way’ for current and future adaptation and mitigation strategies to climate change effects, while considering heritage sites and places holistically and as an integrated part of our environment.