2013 Conference

Which Way New Zealand?

Kauaeranga Valley, Coromandel Peninsula

Friday 29 November - Sunday 1 December 2013

Coromandel

SPEAKERS INCLUDED:
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.

 

10.00am

Mihi Whakatau and introduction

11.00am

Conference opening

 

Session 1:

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

 

Keynote

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

 

Discussion

 

1.00pm

Lunch

 

 

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

 

Dinner

 7.30pm

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

  

Day 2

Saturday 30 November 2013

8.45am

Introduction and outline of the day

9.00am

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

1.00pm

Lunch

 

 

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

6pm

Group presentations and dinner

 

Evening celebration of community action for the environment and conservation

   

Day 3

Sunday 1 December 2013

8.45am

Introduction

9.00am

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

1pm

Lunch

 

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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