- Mutual Support for the Future

Auckland 1- 3 July 2011.


This conference provided opportunity for thoughtful analysis of the meaning of resilience and sustainability. These excellent addresses explored definitions of resilience including:

  • The potential for recovery from disturbance, sometimes called engineering resilience;
  • A variable that represents the movement of an ecosystem within and between different states, also called ecological resilience;
  • The capacity of an ecosystem to adapt or transform, useful from a resource management perspective;
  • The ability of an ecosystem to maintain its identity in the face of both internal and external forces, this represents an insurance against potentially adverse changes in the delivery of ecosystem goods and services.


Resilience - What is it? Perspectives from climate science, ecology and the social sciences:

Climate:  Professor Martin Manning, Victoria University (2.3 megs)
How much do we have? How quickly can we get more ?? Are there limits ???
There will be limits to our resilience for climate change – so rapid reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is still critical.

Ecology:  Dr Simon Thrush, Ecologist, NIWA
Resilience recognises that ecosystem are dynamic and that profound changes can occur in both directions.

Social Sciences:  Dr Bronwyn Hayward, Canterbury University
Related presentation on Youtube: Christchurch Earthquake and Resilient Citizenship
Bronwyn couldn't attend in person but her presentation transcript is here

Urban Resilience:

Auckland City:  Penny Hulse, Deputy Mayor, Auckland Council

Auckland Community Views:  Carl Chenery, ECOMatters

Urban Resilience:  Claire Mortimer, Landcare
A measure of how well an urban settlement, its residents and its subsystems can adapt to shocks and persistent change in a complex, dynamic and interdependent world.

Christchurch Overview:James Lunday, Common Ground Studio
“We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.”

Resilient Governance:

Governance for the High Seas Overview:  Duncan Currie, Globelaw
–Creating multi-sector marine protected areas
–Co-ordinating environmental assessments
– Management of impacts, including cumulative impacts, across sectors
–Transparency, accountability

Iwi and Environmental Resilience:  Wane Wharerau, Ngāpuhi ki Waitemata

Hokianga Accord for Marine Management:  Clive Monds, ECO and Scott MacIndoe, Hokianga Accord
The Hokianga Accord is the mid north iwi customary fisheries forum

Threats to Climate and Sea:

Resilient Energy and Climate Policy:  Jeanette Fitzsimons, Thames - transcript of presentation here

Oil and Gas Explorations and the Community: Raukumara Under Siege - Offshore Oil Drilling and Inland Mining - Dayle Takitimu, Te Whanau a Apanui

Kaipara Harbour and Wave Power: Threats to Climate and Sea: Deborah Harding, Te Uri o Hau
Its no secret and te Uri o Hau have been proactive in commissioning the Kaipara harbour integrated management plan borne mainly out of concerns that the humans who are the stake holders for this extraordinary resource have already impacted significantly on it and thsi tool is a way forward in identifying solutions to those probelms identified

Policies for Environmental Improvement

Raising Environmental Policies Amongst all Political Parties - Barry Weeber and Cath Wallace (1.9 megs)
The history of Vote for the Environment policies and key issues for the future.
“A return to business as usual would be unwise and ultimately unsustainable” OECD 2011


Local Groups - links to their websites:

Soil & Health

Coal Action Network

Kaitiakitanga Network

Friends of Regional Parks (Auckland)

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