ECO Conference 2018: Napier

CONFERENCE 2018:  Pukemokimoki Marae, Napier

Communities Protecting Nature: Practice, Policy and Law

COME to our Spring ECO Conference: Communities Protecting Nature: Practice, Policy and Law, from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September.  Starts 11.30am Friday with a Powhiri.  Then 8.45am Saturday and 8.30am Sunday to finish by 4pm.

You can register for the conference here.   Information here includes options for accommodation, field trips - see below for more details.

Our conference sessions include discussion on enhanced ecosystem- and place-based fisheries and marine management and how the public can be better included.

We’ll also discuss how we can ramp up work and improve networks to protect the environment from risks from weeds, pathogens, predators and marine invasive species.  

Community action and policy development work to protect native species and ecosystems, climate change law and action, and regional, local and national community efforts on better land use, improved water management and kaitiakitanga of ecosystems, are all part of the programme. 

Minister Stuart Nash will  be talking with us about better management of New Zealand fisheries.

Hapu and iwi, community groups, land-based producers and many others are on the programme, and amongst the Confirmed Speakers are:

  • Hon David Parker, Minister for the Environment

  • Hon Stuart Nash, Minister of Fisheries

  • Dr Mike Joy, Senior Researcher, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington

  • James Palmer, Chief Executive, Hawkes Bay Regional Council

  • Dr Christine Cheyne, Associate Professor, School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University

  • Te Atarangi Sayers, Nga Hapu o Motiti

  • Jenny Mauger, Te Kaiao: Natural Resources Solutions

  • Cindy Baxter, Coal Action Network Aotearoa

  • Dr Wren Green, Biodiversity specialist

  • Peter Weir, President NZ Forest Owners Association (Environmental Manager, Ernslaw One Ltd)

  • Oliver Wade, Marine Scientist, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

Come along.  We’ll also discuss how we change norms of land use, our goals as a society, and the things we need to do and change. 

Members of ECO groups, Friends of ECO and anyone interested are all welcome to attend.
The venue for the conference is the Pukemokimoki Marae in Napier.

Delicious vegetarian meals are included in the registration price, which are kept low, with discounts for ECO Friends and members of ECO member groups.  Thanks to  DOC, Biosecurity NZ and the Hawke's Bay Regional Council for their tremendous support.

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If you can offer a ride to Napier in your vehicle from Auckland or Wellington, or another centre, please let us know.  Also let us know if you need a ride - what time, and from where.  We will endeavour to match up ride offerers with requesters.

The AGM for member groups will be on Sunday 9 September - please send us any motions or issues that you think we should include in the agenda for this.   Also consider if you would like to put your name forward for election to our Executive. We will discuss our roles and resources as well as Executive elections, our finances and policies, and all the other usual things we do at an AGM.

Field Trips: 

The Sunday morning departing 8.30 returning by 11 .00 slot will allow for only two nearby fieldtrips.  They are:

1.  Ahuriri Estuary

This is a 10-minute drive from Pukemokimoki venue - An hour flat walk around with commentary

2. Project Patiki -

A 15 minute drive to Kohupatiki Marae South of Napier at Clive - includings riparian restoration, restoration of mahinga kai flounder species.

Monday - Post Conference Half/Full Day trip to:

Guthrie Smith Aboretum and Lake Tutira restoration.

This is 45 minute drive North of Napier.  More details

When registering and you are indicated in field trips please indicate which one.  All field trips will depend on numbers and the Monday field trip will depend on numbers and vehicles.

Registrations are now live.

Late fees will apply to registrations after 27 August.  

All are welcome at our Conference. 

A detailed programme will be available soon.

 Our thanks to Hawke's Bay Regional Council, the Department of Conservation and the Ministry of Primary Indistry for their generous support for our conference.

See below for more information on accommodation, travel etc

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Practical information:

The Marae is situated at 191 Riverbend Road, Napier. You can read more about the Marae here.

How to locate the Marae?  It is a large venue at 191 Riverbend Road, Onekawa, Napier, not far from the central city and can be found here on Google maps.

An infrequent bus passes near the marae on Friday and Saturday, but not Sunday. Do contact us if you have travel needs from or to the central city if you are staying at central accommodation.

Full registration  includes delicious vegetarian lunches and dinners and morning and afternoon breaks, tea and coffee etc.   We endeavour to meet all dietary requirements.  Let us know about any requirements you may have, or offers of donated fresh food or other offers.

There will be plenty of time for networking with others, and we have organised displays and stalls by local groups to showcase their work.

NOTE that in the event of a tangi at the marae, we will need to move the venue to a nearby marae.  We will advise all registrants in the event that there is a change in marae venue.

If you need a lift from a North Island centre, or can offer one if you have space in your vehicle, please let us know and we will endeavour to match up those offering and needing rides.  Let us know where you are leaving from and what time.

Flight and bus arrival times into Napier on Friday are given on this downloadable PDF.  Only Air New Zealand has direct Wellington-Napier flights. 

If coming from Christchurch there are two direct flights per day but you also have the option of flying via Wellington.

You can sleep on the marae at no extra cost.  Mattresses are provided but all bedding including pillows will need to be provided by you, and you will need to make your own breakfast which you can do in the wharenui kitchen.   You can also camp on the marae grounds with your own tent or van, and you will need to bring all your sleeping gear with you.

Billets: a limited number of billets is available around the Bay with friendly locals willing to help our conference.  We can co-ordinate billets offers with those requiring one, so please contact us at the Office if you would like a billet, with your requirements (number of people, etc) and we will do our best to match you up with a kindly local.

Accommodation options near the marae are listed here:

Campgrounds for tent camping:

Kennedy Park Resort$48.00 - 20 mins walk from conference venue
Clifton Motor Camp$12.50 
Hawke’s Bay Holiday Park$20.00 
Napier Beach Holiday Park$16-26 
Eskdale Holiday Park $15 adult/ $8 child


Backpackers (per person prices)

YHA Napier$30-70  
Blue Water Lodge $20-42
Aqua Lodge $24-38 walking distance to Marae
Stables Lodge $24-37 
Napier Art House$25-30 
Criterion Art Deco $25-49  central city
Archie’s Bunker $24-74  central city
Kennedy Park also has backpackers - see above 
Toad Hall$28-$90 Bluff Hill 



Pebble Beach
Gardner Court
Quality Inn
Edgewater Motor Lodge 
Motel de la Mer
 Kennedy Park has motels and tourist flats too - see above
NB: All prices listed are per person, per night. Motel prices are highly variable, depending on demand. Many backpackers offer cheaper deals for group bookings. 


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