2013 Conference

Which Way New Zealand?

Kauaeranga Valley, Coromandel Peninsula

Friday 29 November - Sunday 1 December 2013


Jim Salinger: Climate scientist and author
Jeanette Fitzsimons: local resident and Coal Action Network campaigner
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

The conference focused on choices we can make to improve our environment and decision making. Topics range across the sea and land, and include marine management, mining - both on land and at sea, local v national decision making and planning.  Conservation, including local successes in protecting ecosystems and species and recent changes at DOC will be considered. Good decision making and policies for the future will also be worked on at the conference which will also be a celebration of ECO, its members, and other community efforts.  The place of the environment in a possible constitution and due process will also be discussed.



Mihi Whakatau and introduction


Conference opening


Session 1:

The Environment and the Nation - Pathways and Choices: Open Government and Democratic Process



The New Zealand we've got and the New Zealand we want - Manu Caddie, Gisbirne District Councillor


The New Zealand Constitution and the environment - Catherine Iorns Magallanes, Law Professor, Victoria University


NZ Constitution and the Treaty - Gay Morgan, Senior Lecturer in Law, Waikato University








Session 2:

The Environment and the Nation: Pathways and Choices - Public Voice and Legislative Changes

Assessing recent changes to environmental legislation (eg Crown Minerals Act, the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf Act) - Cath Walace, ECO Co-chairperson


Ministerial power or community power and the Resource Management Act - Eugenie Sage, MP


Session 3: Community Environment and Conservation Experience Tools


Community Conservation Mapping - Elise Smith, ECO Executive


Introductions and presentations from member groups




PUBLIC TALK: Presentation by Jim Salinger: "Living in a Warmer World"


Day 2

Saturday 30 November 2013


Introduction and outline of the day


Session 3:

Pathways, currents and choices in Energy, Climate Change and Mining


Finding a better path - Energy, climate change and mining - Jeanette Fitzsimons, Coal Action Network Aotearoa


Mining in the Coromandel, mining at sea


100% Possible (beyond fossil fuels)


Session 4:

Conservation and Biodiversity


Conservation pathways and priorities


Community Collaborative Conservation


Community environmental data workshop





ECO AGM / Film / Field trip

A:   ECO AGM for Member Group representatives and Friends of ECO 



B:   Film and/or field trip for those not attending the AGM



Film: Thin Ice: documentary on climate change: more info here


Introduction to strategic assessment and Sunday sessions


Session 5:

Navigating the Issues and Options: Marine Management, Antarctica


From the Antarctic Ocean to sharks: issues and choices


Navigating the waka


Firth of Thames, Coromandel Peninsula: values and community


Group presentations and dinner


Evening celebration of community action for the environment and conservation


Day 3

Sunday 1 December 2013




Session 6: Shaping the Future: Policies, Organisation (for Members, Friends, and approved guests only)


ECO Policy workshops: policy clusters
ECO form and function, organising for the future
Strategic Assessment and discussion

AGM - any further discussion, policies, ways forward




Review of the day and conference overall


With thanks to our sponsors and funders:


Thames Coast Protection Society


- The Ron and Edna Greenwood Environmental Trust



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