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This is the virtual home of ECO. Since 1972 ECO has been the umbrella group for environment and conservation organisations in New Zealand. This website has information about ECO and its 50+ member groups as well as news of the environment and major conservation issues in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Please look around our website to learn more about our work and access resources and links of importance.

ECO - 41 years as an environmental coalition

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ECO AGM and Conference 22-23 August 2014

Venue: Toi Poneke at 61-69 Abel Smith St, Wellington

Conference Programme

The ECO executive is working on programme on the theme: ‘Achieving Genuine Progress for the Environment’

Further details will be posted shortly on the wbesite, including an agenda for the AGM and meeting sessions and workshops.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The ECO Annual General Meeting for 2014 will take place Saturday, 23 August 2014 at Toi Poneke at 61-69 Abel Smith St, Wellington.

Please note that items for discussion from member groups must be sent in writing to the ECO office at least six weeks before the AGM (by 11 July 2014).

If you require any further information please contact eco@eco.org.nz

Upcoming Submissions and Other Events

Other Events

2014 Charles Fleming Lecture Tour: The demise of New Zealand’s freshwaters: politics and science

The Charles Fleming Lecturer for 2014 is Dr Mike Joy of Massey University, Palmerston North. Dr Joy was awarded the Charles Fleming Award for Environmental Achievement in 2013.  Dr Mike Joy will present the 2014 Charles Fleming Lecture to branches of the Royal Society of New Zealand during June and July 2014.

Jobs After Coal South Island Tour July 2014

In the last week of July, Jeanette Fitzsimons will be touring Coal Action Network Aotearoa's new report "Jobs After Coal - a Just Transition for New Zealand communities" around the South Island.  Hear a great speaker on an important report for the future of New Zealand.

Blenheim, 25 July: Friday Marlborough Arts Society Gallery, High St, 7pm.Job After Coal Report

Nelson, 27 July:  Sunday  NMIT Student Lounge, 6pm.

Events in Motueka and Golden Bay still to be confirmed.

Dunedin, 29 July:  1pm, Otago University Centre for Sustainability.

5.30pm, Otago Chamber of Commerce, “Reinvigorating the Economy: CleanTech Jobs and Low Carbon Opportunity”.

Invercargill, 30 July: Federated Farmers Meeting Room, 70 Forth St - 8.00pm: Presentation

On the web: http://coalactionnetworkaotearoa.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/jobs-after-coal-south-island-tour-july-2014/


Key upcoming submissions

OMV marine consent application

OMV New Zealand Ltd has applied for a marine consenet to undertake further development drilling in the South Taranaki Bight.

OMV is currently drilling in the Maari field in the South Taranaki Bight in accordance with its petroleum mining permit. This activity falls under the transitional provisions of the EEZ Act. However, the transitional provisions ceased on 28 June 2014 and a marine consent application was required to be lodged before 28 June in order to continue drilling past this date. Drilling can now continue until a decision on the notified application is made. The development drilling involves drilling up to seven development wells from within existing conductor slots at the Maari wellhead platform.

The decision-making committee, will be appointed in July by the EPA to consider all submissions made by the public and people could choose to speak directly to the committee at public hearings.

Submissions on the application must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 29 July 2014. Full details about the application and how to make a submission are available on the EPA website at www.epa.govt.nz/eez/omv/Pages/default.aspx.

Some details of concerns from Climate Justice Taranaki can be found on our News page

For links to other submissions see ECOs submission page.


Past ECO Conferences including December 2013

Last year's conference was held at Kauaeranga Valley Christian Camp, Kauaeranga Valley, Thames, Coromandel. The theme was 'Which Way New Zealand?'


Jim Salinger: Climate scientist and author
Lou Sanson: Director General of the Department of Conservation
Manu Caddie: Gisborne District Councillor and environmental activist
Arthur Hinds: Chair, Whenuakite Kiwi Care and conservation-minded farmer

Details of the speakers and presentations will be uploaded to the site shortly


ECOLink News and Analysis

The latest quarterly ECOLink for November 2013 has been sent to members and friends. The next issue will be sent out shortly.

The Novermber 2013 issue reviews the 2013 ECO Conference, reviews Freshwater National Objectives, new international agreement on Mercury, and reviews the IPCC Climate Science Report. There are also articles on National Plan of Action on Sharks, Rights of Nature Laws.  It also contains articles on ECO Member Nga Motu Marine Reserves Society and reviews the book Living in a Warmer World edited by Jim Salinger.

Previous ECOLink issues can be downloaded here


ECO Working Groups

For more details see here.

See the Coastal and Catchment working group paper on the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement 2010. The complete analysis may be downloaded here. (380KB).




ECOs Digital Tools to Manage Environmental Projects

ECO project on Tools for gathering environmental information and monitoringThe project aims to provide easy access to digital tools to help community groups with conservation and environmental projects.

ECO’s Digital Tools to Manage Environmental Projects have been developed to assist community and environmental groups in their projects to monitor and manage information.  Digital tools can be used in a wide range of circumstances, examples include monitoring bird numbers after pest control, monitoring resource management decisions, compare mining applications with protected areas and biodiversity in the area.  This includes demonstrations of the use of Geographic Information System tools available to empower groups to make use of data gathered during environmental projects.

It is designed as an online learning environment to guide and assist participants.  The first module is “Methods to collect and manage data” and the second, “Mapping and analysis tools”.

ECO would like to know what tools you already use, and which may be useful to you. Please visit the “Moodle” for further information.


Kia pai tou tatou Matariki - Happy Matariki

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