2015 Conference

WILD THINGS: EDS National Conference 2015

12-13 August 2015

Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland




Tuesday 11 August: Pre-conference workshop on the RMA

Session 1: Recent Developments in RMA Case Law

Chair: Sue Simons, Partner, Berry Simons

Landscape management after the King Salmon case

Implications of Man ‘O War High Court case, Rob Enright, Resource Management Barrister Sole  

Implications of King Salmon for writing plan provisions, Dave Serjeant, Director, Merestone 

Freshwater management

Implications of the Tukituki case for Councils, Corina Jordan, Environmental Officer, Fish and Game New  Zealand 

Implications of Ngāti Kahungunu High Court case for managing “overall” water quality, Ngaio Tiuka, Environment and Natural Resources Analyst, Ngati Kahungunu

Session 2: RMA Reform

Chair: Heather Ash, Partner, Simpson Grierson

Overview of RMA Reforms, Guy Beatson, Deputy Secretary Natural Resources Policy and Peter Brunt, Director Resource Management, Ministry for the Environment

Sally Gepp, Solicitor, Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society
Kim Campbell, Chief Executive, Employers and Manufacturers Association
Stephen Selwood, Chief Executive, New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development
Gary Taylor, Executive Director and Chairman, Environmental Defence Society
Clare Wooding, Principal Policy Advisor, Local Government New Zealand

Wednesday 12 August: Conference Day One

Opening: Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Pōwhiri

Session 1: New Zealand's Biodiversity Challenge

Chair: Professor Bruce Clarkson, University of Waikato

Keynote: Biodiversity: Why we should care – Professor Bill Lee, Landcare Research and University of Auckland 

Presentations with photographs and graph(s) showing diversity and population/species trends:

Fungi – Dr Peter Buchanan, Science Team Leader, Systematics, Landcare Research

Seabirds – Dr Matt Rayner, Curator Land Vertebrates, Auckland War Memorial Museum

Land birds – Dr Susan Walker, Ecologist and Research Programme Leader, Landcare Research

Freshwater life – Jane Goodman, Freshwater Ecologist, Department of Conservation

Marine mammals – Dr Rochelle Constantine, Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland

Marine fish and invertebrates – Dr Alison MacDiarmid, Principal Scientist Marine Ecology, NIWA 

Session 2: Bridging the Gap Between Policy and Reality

Chair: Vicky Robertson, Chief Executive and Secretary for the Environment

International keynote: The implementation challenge, Dr Shari Clare Conservation Biologist, Fiera Biological Consulting, Canada

Addressing implementation gaps in New Zealand, Theo Stephens, Co-author of Vanishing Nature

Panel discussion with speakers
Dr Ann Brower, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Policy, Lincoln University
Penny Nelson, Executive Director, Sustainable Business Council
Lou Sanson, Director-General, Department of Conservation
Paula Southgate, Chairperson, Waikato Regional Council
David Wansbrough, Director Resource Policy, Ministry for Primary Industries 

Session 3: Labour Political Update 

Chair: Raewyn Peart, Policy Director, Environmental Defence Society

Andrew Little, Leader of the Opposition

Session 4: What's needed to scale up effort?

Chair: Rob Fenwick, Trustee, Predator Free New Zealand

International keynote: Delivering global scale conservation at a local level, Patricia Zurita, Chief Executive, Birdlife International Partnership 

Addressing biodiversity on a landscape scale: Reconnecting Northland project, David Mules, Programme Manager, Reconnecting Northland 

Managing from ‘ridge to reef’: Lessons from Seachange - Tai Timu Tai Pari, Raewyn Peart, Policy Director, Environmental Defence Society 

Panel Discussion
Trevor Gray, Special Projects Manager, Tindall Foundation
Mike Jebson, Chief Executive Officer, Queen Elizabeth II Trust
Bill Kermode, Chief Executive Officer, NEXT Foundation
Lucy Tukua, Consultant, Native by Nature

Session 5: Leaders' Dialogue

Chair: Gary Taylor, Chairman, Environmental Defence Society

International keynote: Turning the tide against invasive species, Dr Guy Preston, Deputy Director-General: Environmental Programmes, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa Dr Guy Preston (unabridged version of presentation)

Leaders Panel
Richard Prosser, Primary Industries Spokesperson, New Zealand First
Todd Muller, Member for Bay of Plenty, National Party
Dr William Rolleston, National President, Federated Farmers of New Zealand
Eugenie Sage, Conservation Spokesperson, Green Party
Dr Megan Woods, Environment Spokesperson, Labour Party 

Thursday 13 August: Conference Day Two

Session 6: Breakfast Session

Chair: Vaughan Payne, Chief Executive, Waikato Regional Council

Ahuahu-Great Mercury Island: Managing a cultural and natural landscape, Sir Michael Fay 

Session 7: Addressing Biodiversity in Development

Chair: Rod Oram, Business Journalist

Shifting the economic drivers from loss of nature to gain, Dr Suzie Greenhalgh, Portfolio Leader (Enhancing Policy Development), Landcare Research

Towards an effective offsets regime, Dr Graham Ussher, Principal Ecologist, Tonkin & Taylor Limited


The nature of progress, Dr Marie Brown, Senior Policy Analyst, Environmental Defence Society

Panel Discussion
Sally Gepp, Solicitor, Royal Forest and Bird Society Incorporated
Quentin Duthie, Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment
Cameron Madgwick, Chief Executive Officer, Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand
Devon McLean, Trustee, Project Janszoon

Session 8: Environment Political Update

Chair: Gary Taylor, Chairman, Environmental Defence Society

Hon Dr Nick Smith, Minister for the Environment 

Session 9: Opportunities from Treaty Settlements

Chair: Dr Daniel Hikuroa, Research Director, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga 

Implications of Treaty settlements for addressing biodiversity loss, Dr Jacinta Ruru, Associate Professor, University of Otago (no presentation)

Iwi-led restoration: the Ōkahu catchment ecological restoration programme, Richelle Kahui-McConnell, Consultant

Biodiversity and matauranga Maori: Building on the WAI262 report: Garry Watson, Chairman, Nga Uri o te Ngahere Trust 

Session 10: How Do We Engage New Zealanders?

Chair: Dr Megan Howell, Mayoral Programme Portfolio, Environmental Issues, Auckland Council

International keynote: Healthy parks, healthy people, Chris Rose, Acting Chief Executive, Parks Victoria

Connecting people with nature: Dr Kay Booth, Deputy Director General – Conservation Partnerships, Department of Conservation

Mobilising the community through citizen science, Monica Peters, PhD Candidate, University of Waikato

Using the power of social media, Kimberley Collins, Online Communications Coordinator, Royal Forest and Bird Society

Panel discussion
Hon Ruth Dyson, Labour spokesperson for Conservation
Bryce Johnson, Chief Executive, Fish and Game New Zealand
Carly Robinson, General Manager Co-operative Social Responsibility, Fonterra
Professor Dame Anne Salmond, Distinguished Professor, University of Auckland 

Session 11: The Way Forward 

Chair: Gary Taylor, Chairman, Environmental Defence Society

New Zealand’s nature: The way forward, Hon Maggie Barry, Minister of Conservation 

Response from the next generation, Hana Maihi, Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei, Phoebe Balle, Ecology student and Nadine Tupp, Rodney College 

Drawing the threads together, Rod Oram, Business Journalist 



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