ECO Conference 2015: Dialogues on Fresh Water

 ECO Conference 2015:

Dialogues on Fresh Water: navigating impasses and new approaches

28-30 August 2015

A huge thanks to all who attended our conference and contributed to its success - speakers, workshop leaders, volunteers, participants, cooks, and sponsors!

Videos of the conference presentations: these are being madeavailable on a Youtube channel; more will be put up soon on a dedicated Youtube ECO site.  Meantime two presentations are here

Water under increasing pressure

Water is under increasing pressure in Canterbury and throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

Our current use of and impacts on water are eroding biodiversity, environmental heritage and the values of New Zealanders.

This conference included diverse interests: environmental, ecosystem, health, commercial, recreational and Maori interests, and the economic attributes of water

Full Programme

Friday Evening, 28 August

Venue: University of Canterbury – School of Law -  Room 108, First Floor

Conference opening

Welcome and introduction – Dr Te Maire Tau (Ngai Tahu)Sir Edward Durie

Public lecture - Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie

Dialogues on Freshwater - new approaches to water governance for public good, for users and for ecosystems

Response: Assoc Prof Jacinta Ruru

Hosted by Canterbury University School of Law

Saturday, 29 August

Venue: Addington Haven, 19 Church Square, Addington


Welcome Dr Mike Joy

Session 1:  Overview – Freshwater

 Session 2: Social, economic and technical management issues - Panel

  • Myths of NZ farming: Dr Alison Dewes- Agroecologist and Vet "the thinking that got us here will not get us there"  With milk prices and water quality heading in the same direction Alison Dewes believes it’s time to work on some home truths.

  • New water management approaches :  Prof David Hamilton - Waikato

  • Public Health issues : Dr Alistair Humphrey - Canterbury Medical Officer of Health


Session 3:  Collaborative Planning – the theory and the practice- a critical analysis :- Panel  

Session 4: Other governance approaches - Panel

  • Al Fleming – Forest & Bird  Central North Island Regional Conservation & Volunteers Manager - Healthy Rivers - Wai Ora – Waikato River collaborative process,

  • Chris Todd, Forest and Bird Manager Conservation & Volunteers and
    Chris Livesey ECO Exec member - -
    LAWF and NOFF – what is happening?

Session 5 –-Restoring our trust

  • Public trust : Catherine Iorns – Victoria University

  • Public Good and Responsibility:  Betsan Martin – Response Trust

Dinner with Speaker: Sam Mahon

Sunday 30 August


Session 6 (and repeated)

Upskilling workshops/capacity building: parallel with ECO AGM:

  1. How to engage with the statutory process (led by Richard Ball – Friend of the Submitters for the District Plan Review)

  2. Campaigning that works: The mark of successful movements - how to frame and win the water struggle (Led by Steve Abel - Greenpeace)

  3. Digging in for Democracy Led by Rosalie Snoyink with Jen Miller – Forest and Bird)

  4. Native fish protection Addressing the lack of protection for our native fish species (Leader Sophie Allen, Working Waters Trust)

Conference closure –  Poroporoaki (Closing remarks)



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